The Truth about the Firing of Philip Nix

FDLE & the SAO both have re-investigated the claims that resulted in the firing of Philip Nix, a Sr. Deputy with 20 years experience. They found the cause used by the ECSO lacking foundation and WITHOUT MERIT.

When deputies are a commodity, this senseless termination, which is causing the taxpayers money to defend in US District Court is just one of many frivolous uses of county dollars.

Recently, the former ATF agent, Randy Beech was hired as ANOTHER HIGH PRICE ADMIN to the already (nearly completely) top heavy admin. staff of the ECSO as an agency as a whole. Agent Beech is estimated to make in excess of $80 K per year, if his pay at the ATF is comparable to his new position at the ECSO.

TAXPAYERS! MORGAN GOT THE MONEY FROM THE BOCC FOR ACROSS THE BOARD RAISES TO BRING DEPUTIES BASE PAY UP, BUT IT SEEMS LIKE HE’S ALREADY TAKEN THAT MONEY AND REALLOCATED IT FOR OTHER REASONS.

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A Word from Within the ECSO

The past couple of weeks have been refreshing. Our county has been plagued with the laughable attempt of Team Morgan to masquerade as cops. The leadership they fail to provide the good law enforcement officers who deserve good leadership has been exposed. Morgan failed to deliver his promise. One may ask how that happen. The facts are that Morgan has worn out his welcome. People have started to call him out and see him as the emperor with no clothes. Not having the ability to bully his way into place, he has realized he must rely on intelligence and ability. Morgan gets a dose of reality and is aware he has neither, as it relates to law enforcement. The result of this revelation is a full blown all out-baby fit.

I would be the first to pay an increase in my property taxes to fund a raise for law enforcement officers. Sadly, for Morgan, I also believe that I had the right as that tax payer to verify he had been a good steward of my money to this point. Morgan is not capable of being accountable and is offended by anyone that questions him. His idea of what a public servant is obligated to do, does not include being held accountable for his actions. The public does not have the right to question his authority. Therefore, he does not get his budget. Morgan is defeated for the first time in 8 1/2 years. The public had an opportunity to see who Morgan really is–the Morgan, as he is described in the multitude of lawsuits, filed concerning treatment of employees.

I would be happy to see a sheriff’s office that had twice the officers and three times their pay currently. The officer is not the issue. Morgan creates a situation that causes the appearance that everyone wants to punish cops. Facts would support that Morgan has provided well for a few of the favorites. In past budgets, he gave staff members promotions and pay increases, created positions for staff, got a spare chief, and created a publicity empire. Is it fair to blame the public or county commissioners for taking pause at his arrogance to demand more money?

We associate addicts as being dependent on narcotics. When an addict can’t get a fix, they will become angry and hostile. An addict will destroy their life and the life of anyone around in order to feed the addiction.  Morgan has demonstrated that his addiction to power and he is as destructive as a drug addict. The moment Morgan realized his power could be diminishing he began to destroy everything in his path to hold that power. Elected officials who are tasked with statutory fiduciary duties have been attacked by Morgan because they disagreed with him with personal attacks & spiteful actions designed to scare and shock the public. Morgan’s intentional acts to create chaos in the county he took an oath to protect is a direct violation of the public’s trust.

It is not difficult to see from the actions of some staff members that Morgan encourages rogue behavior. The B string chief is often seen berating citizens on social media. Any question posed to him results in an attack of your intelligence or a sermon outlining the superiority he has that you can’t possibly be able to question. The comments are arrogant and unprofessional. His attitude is offensive and one would sense he has the belief everyone is beneath him, exactly what Morgan would suggest when he sinks to childlike behavior because he doesn’t get his way.

The answer to officer retention is not as simple as giving a raise in wages. There need to be a raise in the effective leadership of the agency.  This leadership should create strong work ethics and promote professionalism. The tactic of destroying people because you may disagree with King David is flawed. Fear motivates the weak or uneducated. Forcing compliance through fear eliminates any chance that a competent employee will make the ECSO a long-term choice. Knowing that you could be considered a foe for any reason deemed appropriate by Team Morgan does not promote the desire to be loyal or to stay with the agency. The feeling of dread we all face walking into the ECSO is not conducive to a healthy work environment. The lack of leadership in the Morgan administration has destroyed the agency to the point it may take decades to recover.

A quick look into the Morgan money reveals so many questionable practices that it prompts people to want to scrutinize all his financial handlings in the name of Escambia County. The B string chief receiving two raises in one year, two chiefs, two incompetent Majors, public relations team, and billboards cause any person with a calculator to stop and ask questions. None of the money spent on these positions is being put to the best use possible. We see that law enforcement isn’t the priority to David Morgan. The main priority of the ECSO is elevating Morgan to celebrity political status.

As if his behavior, to this point, isn’t embarrassing enough, Morgan goes a step further to produce a television commercial naming officers shot in the line of duty. The audacity displayed is appalling. This poser uses terrible incidents that have occurred to officers in effort to advance his self-serving ways. Had this imposter ever patrolled a single shift anywhere near any of the incidents he references, it is possible that could be tolerated. He has not and he does not get to steal the sacrifices those officers made so he can play dress up in his big boy cop uniform and bully those who oppose his strong-arm tactics. If he had a conscience, he would not be able to sleep at night knowing he exploited real cops to further the game he is playing. This is clear proof he does not value what those cops went through because he has no life experience to reflect on that resembles being an actual law enforcement officer

A person defending Morgan successfully would have to convince the public of many things at this point. Morgan has had dozens of employees file court actions against him. Many of those cases have been paid out and settlements reached out of tax payer money. Currently there are close to a dozen law suits pending. Morgan claims no wrongdoing. Consider that Morgan has fought with dozens of employees, BOCC, media outlets, over spending practices, extra duty employers and former elected officials. His administrarion staff (non-front line, cushy sedentary positions) has ballooned as has their salaries. Deputies will not stay at the agency to work. Crime is on the rise. Morgan’s answer to this. Pay for a billboard to give the big middle finger to people that have exercised a right to hold him accountable for his careless spending.

I suggest that the commissioners request an audit of the ECSO. Not the typical rubber stamp audit that Morgan refers to so often. Examine the employees that have separated in the past three years from the ECSO. A quick glance would reveal that the current B string chief could be the reason that retention is impossible. In the three years that he has been in that position the separation of officers compared to the previous three years is double. Is that just a weird coincidence? Add to that the proactive law enforcement activities plummeted in the same time. FYI that is why so many tickets are written for minor infractions. Because of incompetent leaders at the ECSO innocent people are subject to harassment from over achieving followers not equipped with the necessary skills or backbone to resist orders that are given to create an illusion of cops working hard on the street. The ones that do resist suffer retaliatory actions of Morgan.

Morgan often finds a partner to rally with to get what he wants. The budget issue is not different. Underhill has a love affair with Morgan that is somewhere between Fatal Attraction and Gone with the Wind.  If anyone would suggest that Underhill should be considered when discussing Morgan budget ask them a few questions. First, would it be wise to take budget advice from an individual will the bankruptcy record he has? If I had children I would not hire a pedophile as a babysitter any more than I would consider Underhill’s budget advice. If I am ever in need of complete financial failure advice Underhill would be the guy. However, Underhill is doing well financially at Morgan’s side. Morgan has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Underhill’s pet projects. I should give Morgan credit for supporting all of those under privileged children lost in that terrible private school system and being forced into those menacing gifted classes. There is a possibility that without Morgan and Underhill those poor children would have to attend a regular college and miss the chance to attend an Ivy League institution.

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Commissioner Bergosh is proving to be exactly what our county needs. I believe he was a quick study and has seen through Morgan and his sidekick. I hope that Commissioner Bergosh will ask for all the employees that have left the sheriff’s office and find a common denominator in the reason for separation. Find out how much money has been wasted on the appalling treatment of employees. How much money is our county spending on attorneys and settlements? I would wager that if he attempts that there will be another baby fit thrown by Morgan and minions. The fear they have for an outsider coming in and exposing the wrongs they have committed is too risky. They must fight to avoid true transparency.

My question at this point is simple. Morgan said he wants to go to Gov. Scott. I believe the statement was his bags are packed and he is ready. Why are you still begging then? They voted 4-1 that you will not get the budget you demanded. Your clothes will wrinkle if you don’t get them out of that bag. Either go to Gov. Scott or shut up. I would suggest that you cooperate and justify you spending but we all know that can’t happen.  There is not ever a desperate situation only desperate people. We won’t buy what you are peddling Sir. David. The situation is not dire you but looking foolish is. Continue to threaten you will  not do your job and you may just be invited over to see Gov. Scott.

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How Vets are Treated in Escambia County

Veterans come back from deployment overseas with numerous problems.  Just living like a civilian is a huge challenge.  Marriages of combat vets are more likely to end in divorce; Afghan & Iraq vets is over-represented in homeless communities and prisons.  The collision course between vets and the justice system has been so prominent that Veterans Courts have become a part of most areas. They deal with the trying to divert veterans into more appropriate ways than typical criminals. There are mitigating factors that throw these men and women returning from active duty combat into a justice system ill-equipped to handle them.

That being said, a case came to me of USMC Staff Sergeant Tim Chandler, a Pensacola native. His experience with the Escambia County Sheriff’s office and the State Attorney as well as the judicial system is laughable if it were not so disastrous. Tim’s PTSD exacerbated his martial issues but I think he can explain it better than I can.

 

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The REAL Story of the Naomi Investigation & Gaslighting of Suspect

May 31, 2017

2:30 PM—   Naomi is missing

8:35 PM—   Naomi’s mother arrested on outstanding, non-violent, non-drug related       warrant; called Klaas Kids to initiate investigation into daughter’s abduction; Klaas Kids contacted the FBI and FDLE to assist in investigation.

 June 1, 2017

4:26 AM—   Naomi’s mother released. SmartWEB Jail.clipular

8:00 AM—   Investigator assigned to case by ECSO

Naomi was killed with in 36 hours of abduction.  By the time ECSO, began investigation, Naomi has 18 hours or less to live. ECSO wasted 18 hours before starting investigation while simultaneously severing trust with family by arresting mom when she tried to report her daughter missing.

While coming in as the last agency to be involved, Sheriff Morgan held press conferences regularly, creating a facade that the ECSO was working diligently. FDLE was the primary investigating agency, due to the bumbling of ECSO from the beginning.

In my humble opinion, Morgan has blood on his hands

Let the propaganda begin:

On the evening of June 10, on Facebook, I found a post that was quite curious. Robert Howard had been arrested on June 8th for Naomi’s murder. It had been all over the news. Personally, I was hesitant about this man’s guilt due to confidential info I received on the state of Naomi’s body. She was not just strangled. She was mutilated. This guy did not fit the profile. Nevertheless, on Facebook, a friend of a friend posted this with a comment about Howard confessing.

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In communicating with the person who released the unredacted arrest report, I was told that this came from an employee at ECSO.

My question is why release that to mislead people. According to source on inside of ECSO, there was no real confession.  It was an off the cuff comment that is misrepresented in this version of the arrest report.  Had it been a real confession, Sir David would be up there taking credit for the “slam dunk”.  “The SOB confessed” might be the headline of the PNJ (AKA the Mullet Wrapper).  The term gaslighting seems  to fit.

Gaslighting is a form of manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or members of a group, hoping to make targets question their own memory, perception, and sanity. Using persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying, it attempts to destabilize the target and delegitimize the target’s belief. 

 

 

 

Naomi Jones: Can She Still Be Found?

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Naomi Jones went missing on May 31, 2017 from her Johnson Avenue home in Pensacola. That same day Escambia County Sheriff’s Office arrested Naomi’s mother, Shantara Hurry for an outstanding, non-violent warrant. This arrest very well could have impeded the efforts by taking the most important person, Naomi’s mother, out of the search. As well as the broken trust regarding law enforcement that must have arose out of the arrest for this family.  Ms. Hurry reached out to Klaas Kids from jail. Brad Dennis of Klaas Kids amped up the search for Naomi including reaching out to the FBI & FDLE.  An inside source from the ECSO says that it was only then that Sheriff Morgan began “A REAL” missing person investigation–roughly 24-48 hours after the original report. This time is considered to be the most crucial time to gather evidence in any missing person investigation, especially involving a child. SmartWEB Jail.clipular

This is not the only child that the ECSO has been less than driven to find in recent years. Seventeen year old, Danielle Bell, disappeared in 2007. There was recently a reinvigorated effort to try to close this cold case by independent investigators and news affiliates. These sources also disclose that the ECSO has been less helpful than expected in trying to find out what happened to Bell.

Why is the ECSO less concerned about at-risk or missing children in Escambia County?

A REAL “ASK THE SHERIFF”

I got this letter in response to a Facebook post:

Jimmie,

Recently, you posted on Facebook to list crimes committed by Morgan or the ECSO. There were a few responses and I applaud those who can speak out. Had there been an actual chance of people being able to exercise free speech you would have had many more responses. Sir David does not allow the speaking of wrong doing if it could cause his image to be tarnished. Had everyone been able to speak freely you would have been told stories that demonstrates people who destroy others for their own good. Stories of inexperience and inept leadership would have been described. You would have been told of people who will judge and destroy others but refuse to be judged for flaws they possess.

It is not even difficult to point out how unfair the ECSO leadership has been and continues to be. Now, one could believe that because Morgan has not been held responsible and is not mindful that he too must follow laws.  Another explanation, for such blatant disregard for law, is because of ignorance to knowing the law. I would guess that it is a combination of the two obvious reasons. Sir David is an ignorant and inexperienced sheriff that has not been held accountable for improper actions. He has created a “brand” that resembles the rise of the Backstreet Boys more than it shows a law enforcement leader taking charge of a community to protect the citizens. The crime in that is appalling. Sir David has wasted 100s of thousands of dollars branding his poor law enforcement performance and creating a belief that he actually knows what he is doing.  Those who support this effort are rewarded with undeserving promotions and pay increases. That is a fact that could never be argued. Anyone in the job, that truly understands law enforcement, would say that the ECSO has two worthless Majors that never accomplished mediocrity as deputies. Our PIO should feel fortunate that she isn’t paid based on the length of her skirts. If that were the case she would have to mortgage her home to pay the ECSO to work there. Sir David demonstrated that he does not care about the employees or the citizens by carving out the budget dollars he has for three people to pay back political or other favors.

Maj. Andrew Hobbs is making over $35 an hour and does not even supervise 10 people. In fact he is responsible for 6 employees. Two of the employees of Maj. Hobbs are sworn officers. Both of the officers under his supervision have more experience and accomplishments, as law enforcement officers, than Hobbs. The remaining employees are civilian employees with the assigned task of making Morgan appear to be a knowledgeable sheriff. That is a job that should come with a substantial pay increase. It must be a daunting endeavor to make Morgan appear to be competent with the lack of verifiable experience he claims to have. Couple that fact with his laughable antics in the numerous press conferences he has participated in and accomplished only looking like a poorly executed SNL skit. One would pause to consider how he found that many individuals to take on that job or why they would want that job.

Amber Southard receives a salary that is over $2600 for an 80 hour work period. This is appalling when you consider her job consists of mainly the production of propaganda to boost the image of an incompetent sheriff. She is provided an agency vehicle and fuel for the vehicle. She works a day schedule and, unless she has an abundance of drama in her private life, is never shot at, or spit on and is relatively safe during her work hours. Now, compare that to a sworn officer that will be paid just over $1300.00 for the same 80 hour work period. In no way does that seem to be a decision that any competent sheriff would make. In fact, it appears to be just what it is. Morgan provides for those who further his agenda void of consideration of the ethical obligation he has as a sheriff of our county.  

Sir David has several law suits against him for wrongful acts to employees. He has allowed and been involved in destroying others for fictitious reasons but allowed others to avoid accountability when proven wrong. Lt. Frank Forte is a great example of Morgan ignoring wrongdoing because of personal reasons. Lt. Forte was caught lying under oath in his official capacity. Morgan took no substantial action against a lieutenant when proved to be a liar under oath.

Lt. Forte made a complaint on Sgt. Philip Nix about a court appearance. Lt. Forte stated that Sgt. Nix was “blurting” out derogatory remarks about the ECSO writing illegal tickets during a traffic hearing. Sgt Nix appeared under subpoena and testified in the case. Lt. Forte stated that Sgt. Nix was making comments that were embarrassing to the agency. Col. Steve Hardy responded to the complaint by Lt. Forte. He made efforts to get transcripts of the court appearance but never located the transcripts. Lt. Forte then had an opportunity to testify in an Internal Investigation interview and say whatever he wanted about the conduct of Sgt. Nix. Lt Forte continued to lie and embellish the story about court. Lt. Forte made an attempt to completely tarnish the reputation of Sgt. Nix. After reading the statement of Lt. Forte that was given to Internal Affairs one would conclude Sgt. Nix was an out of control maniac in court.

Apparently, Sgt. Nix was aware of the unethical conduct of Morgan and his posse. Sgt. Nix had paid for a transcript of the court hearing. Sgt. Nix did not provide the information to the ECSO and allowed the situation to take its course. The professional court transcript proved that Lt. Frank Forte was a liar. None of the accusations made about Sgt. Nix were true and Sgt. Nix had conducted himself as a professional would. I use this example because Nix is one of the only people who is not afraid of the backlash of using his real name.

Morgan took no action on Lt. Forte. The fact Lt. Forte is a liar was ignored…..for now. There will be point in time that Lt. Forte will have to explain his reason for ignoring the obligation that an officer takes to always be truthful and honest.  Morgan will get the chance to explain all of the wrongs he has committed and many of those following his lead will enjoy that journey as well.  I hope that they understand a Grand Jury is not as tolerant of liars and cheats as the Morgan administration is and what they are due will be paid.

In another incident, with an employee at the ECSO, an investigation by internal affairs finds reason to sustain or sanction policy violations for obeying the law. Most of you will read that sentence twice. It is true. An employee became a target of the ECSO administration and the rules, policies and laws were twisted until it was reconciled in their twisted minds the employee could be fired. The violation consisted of cooperation with an attorney during a deposition. The attorney was party against the ECSO so that would never be tolerated. Again, a career destroyed.

This matter will also be settled through a lawsuit. Morgan will distribute more taxpayer dollars to pay for the wrong he committed. More waste because of a staff that lacks the courage to tell Sir David he is wrong. It could be they are too selfish to take a chance on ruining their gravy train to stand for what is right. Many of those in a position of power in the ECSO staff is concerned that their “yes man” mentality did not prepare them for the job they have with Morgan or they don’t want to be exposed for the indiscretions committed in the past.  Either reason creates a setting that forces them to vacate their principles always seeking Morgan’s approval first. There is no cost too high to pay for the approval of Morgan. If you follow the rules set by Sir David you will be rewarded with favors that have benefits some in his staff could never enjoy if based on their proven ability.

I would be remiss in my description of the ECSO if I were to leave Eric Haines out of this discussion.  There is no rational reason that this imposter made his way to Chief Deputy. He has pretended to be something he is not his entire career. I regard to his advancement at the ECSO it could not be argued that he was successful in padding his retirement. Had our retirement system required that an employee actually demonstrate law enforcement ability during his career he would be on food stamps at the time he retires.  Haines advanced his career pointing at the other person and pretending to be far more intelligent than he actually is. His bully personality is effective when you are in control of someone’s career. However, his actions have proven time and again that he has no conscious or consideration for any misery he causes. He appears to be the guy that is getting even with the world because he somehow feels life dealt him a losing hand. I can agree that he has numerous reasons to be pissed at life. Most people would consider themselves in hell if they were forced to be Haines. Haines does not have the right to continue to harm and destroy an entire agency and the employees who suffer from his foul display of a failed attempt to prove him a leader. He is not a leader and will never have the respect he is in search of because respect does not come from a title. Respect is earned slowly by those who make an observation of a person. They observe a person who is able to demonstrate needed ability to accomplish success in the area they are leading. Haines has never been successful at being a law enforcement offer and therefore will never gain any measurable amount of respect from true law enforcement officers.

All roads in this equation lead to Morgan. His fairy tales about law enforcement accomplishments and experience have proven to be laughable. It is easy to target him for silly “dress up like a big boy” uniforms and senseless remarks made in a desperate attempt to make it into the media cycle again. Then it comes to mind that this leadership has caused so much misery to those that encounter him with an opposing opinion. Worse there are lives that have been lost that effective leadership could have saved possibly. It is not that laughable when you actually take the time to evaluate who David Morgan really is in this situation. He is a failed sheriff that has hidden from the responsibility of that office. The citizens are suffering and they are unable to see the cause because the tax dollars they pay are being spent by Morgan to create an illusion all is well.

It is a shame that “Ask the Sheriff “isn’t a real thing. If it ever is I have questions. David, why did you leave the Air Force?  Did you really pay for that cross thingy? Do you see the harm you have caused? Do you care about the lives you have ruined or caused to be lost? Do you lie in bed at night regretting the horrible things you have done to people? Do you really trust those you have surrounding you? You caused them to cut and run when you offered a better deal. Imagine what will happen when you are not the best deal anymore.       .  

Sincerely,

No Longer a Victim  

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Morgan Fiddles While Escambia Burns

Tuesday was a unique day. There were multiple serious crimes going on and Morgan holds a press conference on a cyberstalker. What?

While I understand the cyberstalker may have harassed people and made them uncomfortable, does that really compare to the stabbing, shooting and bank robbery happening in real time?

This is a perpetuation of Chief Haines’s trolling on social media to tattle tale on deputies instead of focusing on the rising crime rate.  Hello!!! There are things that are happening IN THE community that they seem to not see.

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This reminds me of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. He is told that people are storming the palace and he tosses the telegram because it’s time for tea.  Eventually the people, who he never really saw, were his demise.

 

 

 

 

 

This is an example of the disconnect of the administration (Morgan & Simmons).  Or this could be blatant manipulation. Morgan parades a non-violent criminal around who a fairly new criminal enterprise. He makes sure not to acknowledge the violent crime that plagues the community. In the 40’s, this tactic was used as propaganda tool by Hitler. He played news stories of the German wins, when in reality, they were defeats. Is this really the kind of community people want to live in?

The reason the local news doesn’t cover this goes back to the “Witch” murders in 2015. Sir David was ambushed by a reporter in the ECSO.maxresdefault.jpgHe was from WKRG channel 5, but despite that fact, Morgan believed the news director, Kim Wyatt, put this man up to the aggressive tactic of following Morgan through the ECSO and outside despite the fact Morgan dismissed him. This doesn’t show Morgan in a good light and he lashed out

.  Kimberly_Wyatt.jpgAccording to sources close to the situation, Morgan’s ire at Ms. Wyatt had him assign a plain clothed deputy (who recently got promoted) to follow Ms. Wyatt. He then called the GM of WEAR and asked if he knew where Ms. Wyatt was, because he did. This is the epitome of coercion. Since then Channel 3 has not made any attempts to portray Morgan in a “tainted light”.  Morgan strong-armed the GM and stalked the news director over a perception of a situation that may or may not have been true.

How is this “momentum”?  Is this the Escambia County of the future?  A community where this severity and frequency of crime is the norm and a thug controlling other thugs for his own personal agenda…..but hey who cares….he talks a good talk.

 

Doug Underhill: Eroding Pensacola

My last post on Underhill resulted in the almighty Sheriff producing a video to refute the claim that the Perdido substation was closing. Sir David is using semantics here. That substation is effectively a back-up or satellite station; the ECSO is still in possession of it but no one reports there. Now, it appears the police presence in that area is minimized. The Sheriff claims it is due to the shifts in crime. However, the trends according to the crime map of calls responded to in the county shows a consistently higher rate of crime on that side of town.
But my point is, I pointed a finger at Underhill and he tried to create damage control by contacting the Sheriff and then the Sheriff making a video.  Underhill was trying to minimize my message.  The problem is you can’t pass off a zebra as a horse. The situation is what it is. There is no spin to be done. Meanwhile there are other issues of greater importance such as the Osceola community’s sidewalk problem in which Underhill has ignored wholly.
Underhill has a history of trying to manipulate the community. The following post clearly shows that.

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Excerpts from November 21, 2016 in Sandspaper.com titled Underhill Lays Ambitious Aims for Escambia:

Underhill envisions looking at Escambia’s budget with fresh eyes, approaching it from a “zero-sum” perspective. And he would like to see the county move from what he describes as “personality-based politics” to a more “process-based” style of governance….. Because when that’s a part of the discourse about whether or not an idea is good, really what you’re saying is ‘I know this person and so I trust this person, and so I’m not even going to look into the merits of the idea, it’s just coming from somebody I trust.’

Commentary: I have no problem with the “zero-sum” perspective. It is practical; the problem is the last part of the statement–“Personality Based Politics”–is where I have take immense issue.

“Personality based politics” is a fancy phrasing of the “good ole boy system”.  It essentially means people are electing people they know and like regardless of qualifications.  Here’s the problem: that is a basic tenant in politics. If people don’t “like” you, you don’t get elected.  Take the Nixon-Kennedy debate. On the radio, Nixon was considered the winner because of his ideas; however, the television viewers thought Kennedy won by a landslide. Why did that happen?

Even though Kennedy had less quality to his speech, he delivered it with charisma that television viewers took to immediately. Let’s take the more relevant, David Morgan in his “landslide” victory. People elected him because of his persona that he portrays, not his achievements; not his shady finances; not his increasingly growing crime stats; not because of his complete loss of employee respect. None of that mattered because he flashed his “$30K” smile and put his face in as many places as possible. His personality (publicly only) won him the election and is what kept Underhill in his position because he is Morgan’s bitch.

The hypocrisy of his statement is only half the disturbing part of all this.

You may recall, we were being pushed to purchase the old AES building on W Street, north W, it’s just south of the Pentecostal church. We were under pressure to purchase that, for some exorbitant amount of money. It’s just steel shell building with a stucco facia on it. And we were needing to buy that for our corrections department — ‘Because we got people working at desks out in the hallway.’ Ok? That was Tidwell that said that.
I said, ‘Ok, well, show me.’ You know how many desks were out in the hallway that people were working on? That’d be zero.
Ok, that’s called an ‘Escambia-fact.’ It’s an emotional thing, it sounds pretty meaningful, but when you actually peel back the layers it’s not there.

His article continues to belittle the Escambia citizens in that he talks of “Escambia facts”, which are facts people claim but when evidence is looked for after the fact, it proves to be untrue. Now, let’s understand something. The statement was made about people in the hallways—time passes—Underhill responds. What happened in the time passing? In my experience, Underhill most likely corrected the matter through others and then called out the complainant after the issue was quickly covered or fixed. He has does this in situations I have called him out on-twice so far; so this is a pattern of how he handles things. This “Escambia fact” was indeed a fact when it was brought up—I would bet the farm on that, but Underhill manipulated the situation to make him the good guy and the complainant the bad guy.

Why? Why not man up and fix the issue and not cast stones on the people in the community? It is the actions of a man trying to prove his worth by belittling others. His greatest asset should be showing humility and fixing issues rather than covering them up.

The most disrespectful thing implied in this article is the portrayal of the community by someone who does not “get it”. There is a thing in the South that is a fundamental undercurrent of the culture–Southern Honor. Southern honor is what makes Southerners hold integrity as the pinnacle of everything. Southern honor says your name is all you have and you have to live up to every single person who carried that name from the beginning. We don’t take that lightly. We honor others that show that same respect, which might be construed as “personality based politics” because we do look to the people who appear to be most like us. Southern honor is ingrown in every person who ever grew up with lack. When you have nothing but your name to hold onto, it becomes everything.

Underhill doesn’t get it. He’s seen as an outsider because he doesn’t carry this trait. Morgan feigns this and uses against the community but Underhill doesn’t get it. He can’t grasp the culture of the people he is ruling over. Look at some of the comments on social media. He ignored the Osceola community’s concerns with flooding; he looked to force out the Tomato Man and Georgio’s Greek trailer. People who have been figures in the community that beloved by most. Why?  Here is Underhill’s response to Stuart Kaplan’s questioning of the food truck, Tomato Man issue:

Stuart,
Please, try to get a handle on some basics of a civilized society. There have to be some simple standards, or are we advocating for pure anarchy? The County is very receptive to food trucks, and they prosper throughout the County, with no problem meeting our simple standards.

Why is it that a citizen who expects the rules to be followed and calls code enforcement deserves your profanity and bile? Moreover, while you guys rant about the oppressive government in everyone’s business are you simultaneously ranting about how the accident on the bridge last week was the government’s fault? Y’all always fuss about the accidents on the Key and say we need a four lane. Considering that almost every accident on the island involves intoxication, distracted driving and/or excessive speed, aren’t you advocating for a $100 Million government expense to overcome failures in personal responsibility?

I know that those who long for the good ole days of corruption and privileged access have a hard time with this, but in Escambia today and for the forseeable future, “One set of rules applies equally to everyone all the time.”
Respectfully,
Commissioner Doug Underhill

This is a disrespectful response that doesn’t do anything but turn blame back around. He twists facts to make him look like he person being victimized; What did he say that was productive or doesn’t focus on blame?  ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!

Let’s apply the rules of ethics that Underhill broke when he had the Sheriff endorse him on camera.  UNETHICAL! Yet when it was brought to the Florida Ethics Committee, no fault was found. Yet the canons state:

Fla. Code Jud. Conduct, Canon 7A(1)(b) Except as otherwise authorized, a judge or candidate may not publicly endorse or publicly oppose another candidate for office.

Yet we have this:

Morgan endorses Underhill for Escambia’s District 2

Underhill does as he wants while ignoring his constituents, belittling the culture of the people and recklessly speaking about things to which he has no knowledge…ie the sociological culture of the South & Southern Honor.
Might I suggest a good read for Mr. Underhill? Southern Honor: Ethics And Behavior In The Old South by Bertram Wyatt-Brown
The irony in all this is that Underhill wants respect because of his role as an elected official. He also claims that merit not personality should garner that respect. Yet his merits have not garnered JACK. The only reason people are cordial to this jackass is because of the culture of the community….the same culture Underhill belittles continually.
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PREDICTION: The first words out of Underhill’s mouth will be that I have no idea of what I’m talking about. However, understanding respect and community without corruption is simple. There is no mystery to it. It is not that complicated.

Mr. Underhill, people elected you; do your job without disrespecting the community. It doesn’t get more basic than this. Many have done this before you and will do this after you. Blaming the community makes you look weak and that speaks to your grasp of Southern Honor. Should you take issue with my post, MAN UP AND COME TO ME. DON’T BE A LITTLE BITCH AND POST TO FACEBOOK PAGE YOU KNOW I CAN’T RESPOND TO OR EVEN VIEW.