Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

Recently, Commissioner Jeff Bergosh challenged Sheriff Morgan on his spending as Morgan acted out regarding the budget of the county. Morgan’s has misappropriated money from the LET fund to aid to private organizations for the political capital and possible monetary kickback, that smacks of backroom deals. No one seems to care. Not the Governor; not the Attorney General. The big question here is WHY?

So when Commissioner Bergosh was the first to MAN UP and say he wanted to see justification of how this money is spent ie fiscal responsibility, I was able to see the light at the end of the corruption tunnel. Such scrutiny, especially retroactively, would uncover numerous “good ole boy” transactions. However, upon looking at the LET report for August, I see further pillaging of the LET fund since that pronouncement by the commissioner. Assuming this was done as a rebellious act by the child Sheriff, I notified Commissioner Bergosh of the continuation of the mishandling of the money that should be going to better use.  Sadly, I was informed that, it will be September 9th, before anyone takes away Morgan’s checkbook.

I was flabbergasted. Morgan can continue to thumb his nose and spend “as he sees fit” just like Haines asserted he would in a recent social media comment. In effect, Morgan has a thousand dollars to just light a match to, without an ounce of oversight for another few weeks. The board agreed to tackle this issue after the budget is finalized.

To the public, this looks very much like the remedy the State Attorney said should put in place in the summer of 2016. In the FUTURE, someone will look into and redirect the crooked Sheriff.  The lack of immediate action gives credence to the Sheriff’s actions or at the least minimizes the wrong of it by not addressing it for what it really is, misuse of governmental money which is what the BOCC is responsible for. Every dollar, hereafter that is spent by the child Sheriff is done so with the blessing of the BOCC and a huge “screw you” to the citizens.

I get that the BOCC is covered up in issues but money management is huge and so is the doing the greater good for the most people. Ethically, that is the contract of trust with the public that is being broken with every check.  Silence consents. The Board is remaining silent until they can get to it, but at what cost?

This quote speaks to the court system but equally applies to the county leaders.

Chief Justice of the United States Warren E. Burger noted in an address to the American Bar Association in 1970: “A sense of confidence in the courts is essential to maintain the fabric of ordered liberty for a free people and three things could destroy that confidence and do incalculable damage to society: that people come to believe that inefficiency and delay will drain even a just judgment of its value; that people who have long been exploited in the smaller transactions of daily life come to believe that courts cannot vindicate their legal rights from fraud and over-reaching; that people come to believe the law – in the larger sense – cannot fulfill its primary function to protect them and their families in their homes, at their work, and on the public streets.

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The First Domino Falls

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To my great shock, the BOCC denied the increased millage which Sir David tried to shove down their throats. The most amazing thing is how verbally they expressed their contempt for the Sheriff’s tactics. Each of them, except for Underling, spoke to the press push that Morgan tried to use to get his way.  Underhill was the lone dissident vote, not surprisingly.

The issue here is not the raises for deputies; the issue is why Morgan hasn’t made it a priority. In April alone, Morgan gave away $35K to Underhill’s pet projects.  Assuming the starting salary of $35K, Morgan could have used the money he gave away to fund the Sheriff’s portion of 2 SRO’s–not to mention $5K to Pensacola Opera, $20K to PACE Center for Girls, $20K for Panhandle Charitable Open. That’s another $45K that could go to 2 1/2 more SRO’s salaries. While no one is saying these charities aren’t worthy (the opera is questionable), Morgan is spending money on all these things INSTEAD OF SRO’S.

The most ironic part is the article I found that Sir David wrote:

The pre-elected Morgan seems much more honorable and reasonable than the drastic contrast of the 3 term sheriff. It is funny when I was talking to people about what was going on in the county, I used the word “corruption” and I was told, “No, I wouldn’t say corruption; it is just the ‘good ole boy system'”.  By not using the word, it was like it was somewhat better than what it is. It is power that corrupts and we see this demonstrated in front of us with this article from several years ago and the issues of today. The budget has always been a point of contention for the Sheriff’s office and BOCC. But the tactics of this Sheriff are sophomoric and not in good faith. Good faith isn’t a concept 3-term Morgan knows at all.

 

The King of the Prevarication & Duke of Cronyism BACK TOGETHER AGAIN

YES, MORGAN & UNDERHILL are teaming up again to fleece the county.

This is not news to most of us, but Morgan has gotten much more bold with his latest campaign to discredit the BOCC for the extra fraction of the budget that he is not getting. The most recent confabulation is that he will have to cut SRO’s out of schools, end funeral escorts and cut courthouse security. This is moronic for many reasons but the best reasons are that a.) SRO’s are funded 50% by the school board. Pulling them out means Morgan will have to make up that 50% of SRO salaries normally paid by the school board. Thus no money is saved, but expended.  b.) court security is paid for entirely by Pam Childers. If that is pulled, Morgan would be on the hook for those officers entire benefits and pay.

The funeral escort situation is there to play on Southern civility which isn’t affected by the school and the courtroom scare. It is truly the only service in dire straits.

This is where UnderLING steps in. Morgan is making such a stink about not negotiating and has started a propaganda campaign, disclosing commissioners email addresses and direct phone lines. His call to action hasn’t turned out the way planned but Underhill is sending out emails to ECSO and the school board that clarifies his want to give in to Morgan’s demands.

This email fails to address the fact that according to Fla Statute, SRO’s can be funded through the controversial LET Fund. Sat Jul 22 2017 13-36-13 GMT-0500

While Morgan and Underhill conspire to keep anyone from looking at Morgan’s budget closely,  I suggest that the people start a real “ask the sheriff” by calling him & emailing him to ask why he is floating these BS scare tactics about schools when it is to his fiscal detriment that they are removed…a bigger money problem.  Or contact your BOCC chairman, UnderLING, and ask why he is trying SO HARD to cover the gap to keep the Sheriff happy.  Who cares what makes Morgan happy?  It won’t fix the problems in the ECSO.

Sheriff Morgan’s contact info: 850-341-7553; SHERIFF@escambiaso.com

Doug Underhill’s contact info: 850-281-1981; digdug15@gmail.com

Why aren’t people more pissed off that Morgan created not-so-safe neighborhood and THEN threatens to pull SRO’s out of schools? Isn’t that adding insult to injury? Aside from the money,  he made the neighborhoods more dangerous by running off deputies left and right.

THIS ISSUE IS ABOUT MORGAN MISMANAGING THE MONEY HE HAS ALREADY….NOT HOW MUCH THE DEPUTIES SHOULD GET PAID. THEY ARE THE VICTIMS OF HIS POOR MANAGEMENT. ALSO, MORGAN CANNOT AFFORD TO PULL SRO’S OUT OF SCHOOLS OR THE COURTHOUSE.  PLEASE CALL HIS BLUFF AND TELL HIM WHAT A LIAR HE IS AND TELL UNDERLING THAT HE IS NOT DOING HIS JOB BY GIVING IN TO MORGAN’S MONEY GRAB, SCARE TACTICS OR HARASSMENT OF THE COMMISSIONERS.

NEXT TIME YOU SEE MORGAN THREATEN TO CUT SOMETHING OR JUSTIFY HIS SPENDING, REMEMBER THESE POSTERS.

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