Deputy Response to Haines Email

The prediction made concerning the bully behavior and tactics by Haines has now been confirmed. Many of you read the post a couple of days ago about this issue. The path that Haines would follow was clearly explained. He exploited the weak leadership of PBA. He didn’t accomplish what he wanted so in the typical Haines/Morgan fashion throws a baby fit and takes his ball and goes home. This is not the behavior of professionals nor is this behavior what the ECSO employees deserve from the leaders of the agency.

Appearance:

On its face, as Haines’s email is written, it appears that he is attempting to be completely transparent and attempting to keep the employees informed. His email creates the illusion that he has been open and honest with the entire process. In fact, he even feigns some sort of personal hurt by not being able to facilitate a solution to this terrible problem that has harmed the beloved employees of the ECSO. By God, he is still dedicated enough to his mission that he has extended another opportunity for PBA to do the right thing. He even puts a deadline that would cause happiness for his troubled heart to achieve a solution to this issue adversely impacting the employees he serves.

True Meaning:

For those of us who can decipher BS, I would like to translate what his email actually says. Working for this man for the number of years that I have and knowing him personally, I am in the position to expose his maniacal intentions with this email. As to the $2200 raise to all deputies including trainees, this is laughable. Haines has argued in the past that veteran deputies are not entitled to raises during a probationary period after a promotion. Now he believes $2200 across the board is the best plan for even those not even trained to be deputies. This statement just divided any officer under the rank of sergeant from those who are aware of the importance to standing strong for a contract providing job security. Haines has separated those that will get a raise and fight for his cause and those that know what Haines is capable of as it relates to job security. The ones slated for a raise will argue that the contract should be agreed on immediately. This is playing both groups of deputies, veterans and new recruits/trainees against each other. As it stands, it would be more beneficial financially for the veteran deputy to quit and reapply, giving up his seniority for the all mighty dollar. The veteran deputies just became more compressed, and that was what Haines argued so vehemently against to the BOCC.

Also, he just gave himself $2200 to spend at his discretion in lapse salaries. There are hundreds of thousands of salary dollars that have been wasted because of vacant positions. Every vacant position just gave an irresponsible administration another $2200 to waste at their discretion. When it is explained, it is clear Haines actually gave himself free money to use at his discretion and didn’t have the deputies best interest in mind. He increased the amount of money that is available for useless spending which they have proven is so dear to their hearts. He made himself the “good guy” with the sub-set of deputies, created by his rhetoric, he says will get them a raise no matter what! However, he is the one obstacle in veteran deputies getting raises.

As the email continues, Haines specifically explains all his issues with the contract. One of the changes he wants is with the discipline matrix. He tries to convince the deputies that he wants the change made so that certain violations that are level E could be reduced as to not be automatic termination. Then Haines continues that there were others either up or down. That statement sounds relatively benign and any reasonable person would think it is harmless. However, this is another example of where Haines spins the subject to brush over the issues creating the problem. Why didn’t he specifically discuss “several other violations that we also requested for the range to go up or down”? The answer is because in that brief seemingly innocent statement were issues that weaken the contract and strip employees of security in the job. He took the time to mention the one benefit to Morgan but not the one that causes the real problem. It is worth noting that Morgan (Haines) often ignore the discipline matrix if the employee has been determined unworthy of being treated in a manner that is fair. Employees have been terminated when the matrix and the DRB (Disciplinary Review Board) suggested termination was not appropriate. Again, Haines appears the “good guy” and others are interfering with his distribution of unicorns and rainbows.

Continuing through the lies in this email, a scenario of patience and understanding is described. Time and again, Haines worked through with PBA causing delays such as illness and other reasons that were understood by Haines. His fluttering angel wings and shiny halo in place, Haines is always at the ready to discuss issues that have been known for years and needed to be finalized. The troublesome “loopholes”, that were being exploited by those cast off for failure to honor the privilege of a law enforcement career under the Honorable Thelbert Morgan, had to be closed. The “loopholes” he speaks of are rights protected by state and federal law.  A contract, even one negotiated by Haines, can’t deny an employee the rights provided by law. I will admit there are many issues that would benefit Haines/Morgan when the torturous acts they embrace of preparing employees for termination begins. The problem is the PBA contract can’t give them permission to violate law. Maybe Haines should put in a bid for a lawmaker’s seat. He is trying to trick deputies into signing a contract that makes the likelihood of being fired for arbitrary violations of loyalty more likely and making job security non-existent, all for a raise.  A better idea would be to avoid the innate desire to harm good people because of his demented philosophy of how to be an effective leader. Machiavellian is the only word to describe this attempt to roll a raise into a contract that negates job security. He fails to realize that the contract exists to protect employees from people like him. Haines maliciously is trying to buy deputies’ right to work with the $9 million dollars given to the ECSO for deputies.

To the leadership of the PBA:  it is time to step up and do the right thing. This position isn’t easy and it is not for the weak. If you are scared right now and wishing you were not a leader in PBA, it is not likely you are the man for the job. There is no shame in honesty. Step down and walk away. Allow a true leader to move into your spot and save the rights you have left. It isn’t about you and has everything to do with the future of so many honorable people.  You are dealing with peoples’ lives and more importantly the ripple effect of causing deputies to flee the drama and trauma of this administration. Less deputies perpetuates crime but I guess that is the goal of the criminals running the show.

 

A Letter of Concern from ECSO Sr. Deputies

Given to me by senior deputies who listened to an incident in Montclair this past weekend:

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RESIDENTS OF PENSACOLA:

It is a difficult task to bring up topics during an election year and not be blamed with making political attacks. It is true this is the time of the year that this type of tactic will occur. It does not mean that serious issues should be avoided or ignored. All public officials have a job to do regardless of being an election year or not. This opinion is not about David Morgan. The issues brought to light here are about is the Sheriff doing what he is expected to do. It does not matter who the person is in the office but if the person in office is the right person for the job.

The country has witnessed some of the most terrifying events that could be imagined in recent months. Incidents we would never have believed could occur in our country are happening in places that resemble any given neighborhood that each of us lives our life. Police officers are being targeted and being murdered. These acts are being encouraged by groups known to exist for the purpose of hate. As a law enforcement officer of more than 20 years, I would have not been able to imagine our society ever reaching a point that this was allowed. Officers were always looked upon as the good that was there to keep balance from bad.  Now, officers are not only viewed as the enemy but also the prey.

Most all citizens will go through their day with a sense of security because they have never been a victim of a crime. There is an expectation that if they need an officer one is only a call away. How would the public feel if that were not true? What would the average day be like for a citizen if they believed that there may not be help available if needed? Think about how it would change your daily routine. What if you called for an officer and had one come to you that was not more capable than you were with solving an issue? Would you want to leave the safety of your home if that were the case? Would you allow your children to play outside knowing the safety you had as a child has vanished? I can only speculate what each person reading this is answering to each of the questions. I feel confident that most are realizing it would change their life drastically.

The truth is you are not as safe as you were 10, 15, or 20 years ago. Time causes change and not all change is positive. We do not always have control over what change occurs. We do have control on what we do to adapt to the change that happens. With law enforcement, the responsibility to adapt is crucial. The public depends on our officers being educated and trained to the changes that will be faced as change occurs. A sheriff of any county has the obligation to know what the needs of the community are and do all possible to accomplish reaching the goals of meeting those needs. The main objective of a law enforcement leader should be to protect the community to the best of their ability. That ability should be constantly evaluated and made to prove they are not in a position that exceeds their ability. The proof of ability is measured by looking at the performance of that leader.

I am now reaching the point that many will attempt to claim this is a political post. It is not a political post. In fact, I have no candidate for sheriff I am endorsing. I believe all of the candidates seeking office have a resume to support the belief they could be elected. I say that with one exception. David Morgan is not proving he is capable of continuing as the leader of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. He has not been tested with any true crisis that would prove he is capable. There have been some situations that received nation attention and given the appearance that he is capable. Much of this opinion was through quick sound bites that are designed to create entertainment by media sources. None of us have ever seen him taken to task on what he would do in a real life incident that required critical thinking at a pace not set by him. When given the luxury of time and the ability to schedule a media event he is very prepared. He is even entertaining. He is in no way prepared for the tough decisions that occur in real time that determine the outcome of a person living or losing their life. He has never been on “hot” calls that create the feeling that seconds feel like hours or that the wrong decision will cost you your life or the life of another. He may feel he has because of the strict policies that are in place that have given him the ultimate ability to second guess the decision of officers and pass judgement. The fact is and always will be he has less experience of doing the job of a cop than a guy that was hired to attend the Basic Recruit Academy. In fact, he would not even be able to clearly understand a conversation between two deputies having a conversation on a police channel. These facts are not what should concern the average citizen.

With the most recent tragedy, which occurred in Dallas, we witnessed an attack on law enforcement officers that devastated an entire city. It caused fear that none of could begin to understand. Imagine for a moment that the individuals you depend on for your safety are targeted and killed. If they are such easy targets how would you feel knowing the average person has even less of a chance of surviving such an attack? Those brave officers had been through hours of training, equipment to protect, and weapons to eliminate a threat. They were still killed. Imagine how easy it would have been to kill even more of those brave men and women if they had none of that training or equipment that ultimately gave them the upper hand to defeat the evil perpetrator in this senseless crime. If you can’t get a picture of that into you mind I’ll help you out.  Imagine the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

Since the accepting of hate groups encouraging attacks on law enforcement we have had numerous attacks on officer across the country. Many have lost their life. Many have been victimized by liberal agendas. The result has been agencies seeking training and equipment to help defend the life of officers and the public. I can tell you right now that is not the case with the ECSO. We have had not one single hour of training to educate officers on crowd control or purchased equipment handle crowd control. In fact, we have not even changed from the training that we have had for the last 5-6 yrs. Why would David Morgan, with all of his self-proclaimed ability, not see we are no longer training for a scenario that is based on incidents from a decade ago?  I’ll answer that easily.  He isn’t a cop and never has been a cop. He made a choice to surround himself with people who knew how to brown nose better than they knew how to police.  The result is an agency that is exposed and vulnerable.

As I am writing this there is an event occurring in Montclair subdivision. The ECSO has known of this event being planned for several weeks. The response was to do nothing. Today there was someone that decided to take the event seriously because of threats to kill officers on Facebook. The response from the ECSO was to call in a handful of overtime deputies. With several weeks of knowledge and time to gather endless intel we put out a few officers for overtime. This is disgusting to even think about. David Morgan has become a danger to lives of the officers he commands by having such complacent thoughts concerning the safety of these officers. His staff is either to ignorant to know or to spineless to tell him. Either case proves our cops deserve better.

Now, this is not the story that the public will get when Morgan talks about his “operation” if a media event is scheduled. He will explain how weeks of planning went into the operation and how he has made sure we have the best equipment to make sure the best job is being done. Know now that if he makes that statement he is a liar.

He will produce a few items that we have for critical incidents. There are a few ballistic shields. A few helmets and maybe some gas guns. The vast majority of that equipment is only used by SWAT and the patrol officer will never have the benefit of having use of that equipment.  Any of you who know the system can make a public records request for any of the statements I have made and I assure you I am accurate with my description.

I seriously do not care who is elected but I do care that Morgan is gone. He does not have the right to play cops and robbers when his antics will cost the life of an officer to be lost. The one thing I have to say in all of this that is political is how much training and equipment could be purchased for $130,000.00 that could potentially save an officers life? I guess locking your car door is more important than an officer’s life to Morgan.

I am sure my opinion will be attacked and that is expected. I just hope there is a chance that some of you will help us. It is what we do to support our families and we shouldn’t have David Morgan and his ego cost our families by not coming home because of his silly political games.

Sincerely,

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My Response to Sheriff Morgan

WEAR TV – August 12, 2015

In an interview with WEAR, Sheriff Morgan was interviewed about how the recent increase in crime & the perception of Pensacola, or rather the marketability of Pensacola would be affected. Before I get to his statements, I would like to offer an answer to those questions.

The increasing crime rate in Escambia County seems to directly correlate with the lapse of morality within the leadership of the community, particularly Sheriff Morgan. This statement may raise a great deal of controversy, but there is a practical and philosophical basis.

Martin Luther King said: The ultimate test of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and moments of convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge and moments of controversy.

On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’ And Vanity comes along and asks the question, ‘Is it popular?’ But Conscience asks the question ‘Is it right?’ And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right.

Practically speaking, Sun Tzu and Machiavelli, both wrote of leadership instruction centuries ago and are both regarded as principal references still used by leadership and military professionals today. On a practical side, both define a leader as being a person whose foundation is built upon consistency. They emphasize that to be the cornerstone of all leadership skill. Setting the rules and abiding by them to the letter is the primary foundation for establishing an effective, time-tested leadership. When employees realize that even the leader is subject to the rules, then they will fall in line.

By downplaying transgressions, a poor leader compromises all management decisions subsequent to those compromises. This has been demonstrated within the Manning sex case. Morgan squelched the investigation. This would be an opportunity to make an example out of sexual offenders of all kinds. Politically, this would have been a sign of strength and zero tolerance of such behavior by Escambia County Deputies. This decisive event could have been a formal way to separate ECSO from criminal activity. Did that happen?  No. The investigation was rolled into a rug and buried. Why? What possible reason would there be to not hang these most egregious abusers of power out to dry? According to Machiavelli, “the first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.” In this single move, publicly Morgan reduced himself to the level of the people he led who turned out to be criminals. The opportunity to rise above the situation and take command of the perception of the public was available for him to take it or leave it. He left it. If this is what is condoned within the walls of the ECSO, it logically follows that the community cannot be held to any higher standard. That is reflective in the crime rate and the mishandling of cases in an effort to cover an inability to lead.

Philosophically speaking, inept leadership invites corruption. In a research study, “The dynamics of effective corrupt leadership: Lessons from Rafik Hariri’s political career in Lebanon” by Mark Neal & Richard Tansey, which was published in The Leadership Quarterly 21 (1) 33-49, they observed “corrupt political leaders are usually ineffective…self-interested”. Their observations saw these qualities led to overcompensation of bolstering of power. However, this power is a false flag because the consequences it yields are undisciplined, inconsistent and evades responsibility.  The errors or ills are always outward making the leader the willful victim of his own incompetence. This is how corruption seeps in. The psychological need to fulfill a role that cannot be filed leads to work-arounds and shortcuts. Justice is lost in ineptness.

They also point out that the flaw in how corruption is dealt with outwardly. Corruption is investigated as a systematic failure. This is a problem in two important ways. First, this approach does not comprehend or deal with the psychological/sociological forces operating when corrupt relationships occur.

“Specifically, power in organizations and power relationships between individuals have serious implications for the way corruption functions. Understanding corruption this way allows us to focus on the role of influence and networks of influence in corrupt relationships. Secondly, the systemic approach completely ignores the role of an individual’s free will in corrupt transactions. The systemic approach is only designed to fix “the system” of the public sector agency that has been the victim of corruption. This preoccupation with the system does not allow sufficient attention to be paid to the motivations and goal orientation of private actors. Corrupt transactions occur between individual human beings as the result of specific human interactions. For corrupt transactions to occur there must be communication between two or more individuals. They don’t happen by osmosis (and they don’t happen) by accident

Individuals intend to participate in corrupt transactions. They may not call them corrupt or they may have some rationalization to justify their behavior, but they intend for their transaction to have consequences which they desire. In this sense, corrupt transactions are social interactions between individuals and have to be viewed in terms of the intentions of the individuals. The intentions of both parties when participating in a corrupt transaction are to promote their interests. This may be an obvious point but it is nonetheless important. Promoting your own interest is essentially identifying and realizing personal goals. In order to achieve one’s goals one must have “power.” It is my contention that both parties to corrupt transactions are power-holders and power-seekers. They may possess differing amounts of power, but more importantly, they each possess resources of power that cannot easily be converted to promote their own interests. The purpose of corrupt transactions is to conduct a power swap which converts resources of power into actual usable power. The participants in the transaction can then use the power they have obtained as part of the transaction to promote their own interest.”

Corruption must be recognized as an act of individuals who manipulate the system in some way to their advantage. Fraud is brother of corruption. Sheriff Morgan fraudulently said he was “knight”, while that point is insignificant, the underlying fact that he would make that statement speaks to his view of responsibility, morality and respect he has to the people he is elected to serve. This is demeaning to the community because they are misinformed and mislead. In every research endeavor, one must consider the source, yet when the source seems like person we can relate to, who is in a position of command, such as Morgan, this leads people to fall prey to his attempts to take advantage of his power to “tell a tale” rather than relaying facts.

When Sheriff Morgan says something like he said to jurors in the Patrick Gonzalez Capital Murder case and many, many other court case such as, “I’ve done my part and now it’s time to do yours” while grasping the jurors’ hands to shake them in an act of agreement. This is a sanctifying step results in the responsibility of the citizens to do as they are told. For the average person, the weight of imprisoning the killers is, now, on them. It is no longer a question of innocence. Morgan has placed an onus on the shoulders of the citizens to do their part ie…convict. He is interjecting his morality and his opinions into an equation which proves only to prejudice citizens. Hitler used such methods to incite Germans to go after Jews. Remember this statement:  Moral corruption incorporates a range of acts that place self-interest, rather than the interest of the community/group, as its ultimate goal.

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Sheriff Morgan has power invested in his words by the people of Escambia County because of his elected position. In this role, when he asserts things, people take it for truth. The dilemma develops when he asserts non-factual or misleading ideas and personal agendas that are being taken take as fact. As a politician and human, when he speaks his morality must be scrutinized. He is obliged by oath, to be impartial, but this is rarely the case. His personal agendas, perceptions and value system are what is often propagated. There are many examples that provide proof of this pattern of behavior.  The following is an analysis and deconstructing of some statements Sheriff Morgan has made in the last few days.

Statement #1: Regarding the Smith triple homicide:

“Well….the time of the blue moon every three years, the method of the murders and also our person of interest is known to practice this. It’s witchcraft. I’ll say that right now”

This is not a statement of fact but it is being portrayed as such. This is misinforming the public of the circumstances of this brutal crime. It is a red herring. That was good publicity talk for media. Sensationalism is a tool of the media but Sheriff Morgan uses it as a tool of reference. Doing so is obtuse and the only reason to use that as a tool of reference is he does not know how to use the facts and responsibility he has to convey an unbiased account to not skew the public or potentially the jury pool.

As a matter of fact, this lead did not “pan” out. Now this Wiccan is not a “suspect” so what happens to this ritualistic murder and witchcraft?  It disappears. Morgan’s credibility in saying “It’s witchcraft. I’ll say that right now” that is NEGLIGENCE. If a doctor told someone, “This is cancer. I’ll say that right now”, then it wasn’t, what would be thought of the doctor? He is arrogant and incompetent.  That is problem with Sheriff Morgan being a “media whore” (my name for him informally), he is there to promote himself not the facts or to inform the public.

 

Statement #2: “What I find sad about the last homicide was the fact that we have lost 3 of our citizens. That has been lost in the noise. Nobody is talking about the 3 innocent people who have lost their lives which is the horrific part”

This statement is the blowback of Sheriff Morgan’s narcissistic comments which were self-serving and not information. In legalese, this is considered “misinformation”. The misrepresentation of facts or accounts; to give false pretense. His press conference was supposed to be a bringing forth of the facts and investigation thus far in this brutal murder. Instead Sheriff Morgan made his statements the center of the press conference and is now condemning the very people who he led down that road by his “witchcraft” assertion. A responsible speaker knows that there are words that inflame. Anything racial or religious are understood to be inflammatory. Another is wording that is divisive by nature. If the statement categorically generalizes and isolates any one set of people, the fuse of public outrage is lit.

Sheriff Morgan is presumably a man who has read sensationalized news reports and has criticized such things. However, he perpetrates the same sensationalism in lieu of facts. Why? One could argue that the Escambia County election season has started and any publicity is good publicity.  One thing that cannot be argued with any factual basis is that there was an intent to educate the public unbiasedly of the facts surrounding the triple murder. That was not his intent, yet it was his duty. In this capacity, his message is morally corrupt by definition.

 

Impact of these murders on the marketability of the Pensacola community:

“The community needs to understand unless you’re engaged in high risk behavior, the probability of you being a victim of a violent crime is very low. It’s very very small “What would affect marketability (of Pensacola) would be if we weren’t telling the truth. That’s why when cases and investigations allow, we try and be as transparent as possible.”

 

Now this comment is a simple reverting back to the exploitation of the position of power given to him by the community. He’s asserting his personal bias that effectively led to no conclusion in truth. This is calculated measure to emphasize his “truthiness”.  However, there is no truth to the statements and as such, the murders are lost in the semantics Sheriff Morgan calculatedly used to get good “face-time”.  This is a betrayal of his oath of office, his responsibility to the citizens and community. It is a morally, public office corruption.

How this affects the statistics on crime is simple. Government and law enforcement have a duty to put criminals in jail. What are criminals? This is where the law gets grey. Authority figures with no morality may wield this magic wand as rod of punishment to political enemies and also a tool to absolve others of criminal legality. That is why it is imperative to scrutinize the practices and moral ideology on a daily basis of any person put into such a power position. Sheriff Morgan, as a matter of routine, misleads and manipulates the public. Is it a stretch to think that those watching him start to back slide into same moral sinkhole? If the authority figure who is looked to as the instrument of justice is not manning his post as he should, what happens? People around him are not held to the same standard and they loosen their gird on their behaviors. This is how the deputies become corrupted by a poor leader. This all is conducive to making crime rates go up. Thus you have Escambia County today. The citizens of Escambia County, Southerners, are seen as an ever-increasingly criminal, uneducated lot based on the only national recognition that we have. Sheriff Morgan.

To end on a note of wisdom, many historic leaders have spoken on corruption because it is a timeless vice that is as old as the human race itself. Here are just a couple of statements regarding corruption that seem to best portray the fatal flaw of this kind of behavior by a public official.

Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession.  I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.  ―Ronald Reagan

Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.  ―Thomas Jefferson

Power-lust is a weed that grows only in the vacant lots of an abandoned mind.
― Ayn Rand,

Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist.
― Edmund Burke

Look at the orators in our republics; as long as they are poor, both state and people can only praise their uprightness; but once they are fattened on the public funds, they conceive a hatred for justice, plan intrigues against the people and attack the democracy.
― AristophanesPlutus