This is unreal, unbelievable and should disturb everyone: Hemet Dave Brown, the failed police chief from the crime-ridden and poverty-stricken city of Hemet received more in pay and benefits from the taxpayers in 2016 than the current Riverside County Sheriff. This almost sounds like the City of Bell scandal.
We’ve torched Stan Sniff repeatedly over his salary especially in light of his repeated pleas of budget woes. However, the responsibilities of the overpaid Riverside County Sheriff include overseeing thousands of employees and jail inmates and covering an area the size of the State of New Jersey.
Worse – according to another anonymous source, the overpaid Police Chief was strong-arming people in Hemet to vote for measure U, a 1 cent sales tax increase. “Sooooo there is an email that Dave Brown sent to someone where he admits that he was manipulating police call data to pass the tax…. the guy who has it won’t release it….is there another way to get that email if Dave sent it from his private email?”
This dovetails with what we were told about Hemet Dave allegedly putting word out that the department was either supposed to ignore or delay responses to the houses of public opponents of Measure U. Nice, Huh?
Let’s compare the positions of Riverside County Sheriff and Hemet Police Chief.
County of Riverside City of Hemet
Sheriff Police Chief
Employees 4,000+ under 100
Jurisdiction 7,303 sq mi 28 sq mi
Residents 2.5 million+ 84,000+
Jail Inmates about 4,000 0
Annual Budget $500 million+ $18 million
Pay & Benefits $335,535 $345,594
Does this look right to you? Hemet Dave has a tiny fraction of the employees, geography and budget, yet requires the taxpayers to pay him more than the county sheriff?
The City of Hemet is always crying poverty. Even Hemet Dave, complained that his employees earn any where between 17% and 72% less than other jurisdictions in Riverside County. (Hemet PD Facebook page, by Hemet Dave Brown, June 3, 2016.)
However, his complaints about low pay had a glaring omission, his own extravagant pay!
Here are a couple screenshots revealing pay and benefits (all paid for by that taxpayers) from the Transparent CA website:
Riverside County Sheriff Total Pay & Benefits – 2016
Hemet Dave’s Police Chief Total Pay & Benefits – 2016