Why Chip Simmons’s Fall from Grace Will Keep Him Out of Public Office

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As it has been predicted, the prophesy that Chief Deputy Simmons (aka Chipper) would be more of the same if elected to the office of Sheriff, has come to fruition. Several months ago, an employee outed an affair Chipper was involved in. She was disciplined for having an extramarital affair. Naturally, wanting the policies and rules to be evenly upheld, the employee believed it was wrong that she would be disciplined for an affair and Chief Simmons would not suffer any discipline for having an extramarital affair himself. There were ample details given to investigate this Chipper’s affair via a complaint made to the ECSO. This entire situation should have been investigated, especially since one of the possible victims of the extramarital affair is an employee at the ECSO and Chief Simmons is his boss.

Ultimately, two employees lost their jobs for having an affair. Neither employee was a part of the reported Chipper’s affair. The affair he had (or is having) was never investigated. The rules apparently don’t apply to Pensacola’s fair-haired boy. While the public once saw him as their favored and “honest” political personality, and he played the part by acting like such, he can no longer deny he is just as corrupt and as much of a hypocrite as Morgan or Haines.

The sad part is his conscience isn’t impeding his race for the top. Just imagine, knowing two employees were terminated, effectively ending their careers, for having an affair and you are doing the same thing without fall-out, should weigh heavy if you have any moral compass at all. Yet, with Chipper, not so much. He smiles and shakes hands with campaign donors while the people under him see him as minion of Morgan. As long as he abandons those he is supposed to lead (as he did when Haines held well earned raises over their heads) and stands by watching careers go down the drain for things he is guilty of while he basks in the sunlight, he doesn’t deserve the public trust just like the current administration doesn’t deserve the public respect and trust that was placed in them.

Let’s not forget there is a husband who calls Chipper his boss. This man must smile and grin, knowing that his boss is sleeping with his wife. That is twisted. That within itself is just not the stuff true leaders are made of.  Playing Devil’s advocate, if this is purely rumor wouldn’t any competent leader want to get to the truth in this matter?  However, it seems like, if an investigation were started, it would be documented that Chipper is an adulterer and has abused his power over the husband of his mistress and that is no good for political campaign.

Chipper wants to be the top law enforcement officer in our county. The citizens have the right to know if he is the person, he claims he is. He has worked diligently in his career to build a reputation in the public eye. Yet in almost 4 short years since he was hired, he has become as vile as the man that hired him. I, personally, would like to see some questions answered. I, personally, would like to see an appropriate investigation into this matter. I’d like to see him explain why an extramarital affair makes him worthy of being a Sheriff.

A true investigation would find Chipper involved in an extramarital affair and then there would be questions. He would have to answer why he watched two employees lose their careers because of something he was also doing without consequence. He would need to explain what makes him believe he should be Sheriff after lying about having an affair. I would want to know if he ever feels guilty for allowing himself to avoid responsibility for an act that cost others their career. Two people he knew well and worked with daily. People that he knew was aware of his inappropriate relationship if determined to be true.

One other question of great interest to the ECSO deputies is why he was exploiting his brother’s nepotism. Ken Simmons, Chipper’s brother, was promoted to a Captains position. There is not a career path for becoming a Captain. Historically it has been a political appointment. Morgan promoted Chipper’s brother when the statute is clearly being violated. None of the leadership at the ECSO stepped in and voiced concern for blatant law violations. (FSS 112. 3135) It would be difficult to argue Chipper had no input in the matter or for that matter, that it appears that Morgan was doing him a favor by promoting his brother over more competent candidates.

Neither issue is as concerning to the public as the deafening silence by Chipper, while he is able to make changes. If he is not actually allowed to rule against Haines, then he must be courageous enough to step away and fight to be elected. Taking a path of going along to get along is discouraging. That isn’t a new idea at the ECSO. That is an example of what is not needed. There have been several attempts to reach out to Simmons and beg for his leadership. He has ignored all the calls from employees to help the ECSO survive the failure of leadership. Tell me again why this is the person for the job of Sheriff?

ECSO Infested with Moral Descension

The crash in Beulah involving Deputy Hector Escajeda being removed from a burning vehicle made heroes out of the men who pulled him from a certain death. They are brave men to sure. However, Sheriff Morgan’s grandstanding for one of his own is pure fiction. Mr.Craig Morado’s valor is not in question. He went above and beyond as did his neighbors, John Shaw and his son and 2 other neighbors.  They pulled Escajeda out and away from the burning vehicle, but somewhere in the chaos Sr. Deputy Bobby Guy got attributed in being the one who help Morado. Several neighbors confirm they did not see Deputy Guy and he most certainly was not the one who helped Morado.

In a spectacle of events, Deputy Guy got an award recognizing him for “exceptional courage and selflessness in the midst of great personal danger”.This was brought to the attention of Sheriff Morgan who said everybody should just honor Deputy Guy anyway, because he has a family. Now what relevance does that have?  The men that actually saved Escajeda don’t want the recognition, however, the tall tale the Sheriff created insulted the people involved. Give credit where credit is due, but if he didn’t do anything, then what risk of danger was there?

And Deputy Guy. What sort of man accepts such an award knowing full well it is false? The moral fabric of ECSO is on display in this event. As country folks say, Morgan would rather climb a tree to tell a lie, than stand on the ground and tell the truth. Deputy Guy participating in this stolen valor  is reprehensible ethically. It just shows that Morgan doesn’t seem to respect valor or bravery. He does support taking credit for others peoples’ courage.  He has no  reverence to people who have honestly and courageously acted “with selflessness in the midst of great personal danger”. He believes you can hand it out like candy. For Deputy Guy, one of the “yes” men in Billings hoax of an investigation, to accept that shows you how far morality has descended in the ECSO.

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