What you are going to learn about the Sheriff is a pattern dating back to his first year in office of fighting with the Riverside County Supervisors.
You would think with 10 years of budget cuts that the Sheriff would be more proactive and less combative with the county board of supervisors. However, that is not the case.
Riverside County Sheriff StanSniff Jr.’s plans to create a new administrative position within the sheriff’s department drew fire from county Supervisor Jeff Stone, who criticized the timing of the proposal, while the other supervisors voted in favor of it.
“This is going to be an irresponsible use of public money,” Stone asserted during the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday.
“If this was for a new deputy on the street, it wouldn’t be a problem. (Otherwise) I believe the sheriff can suffice with existing personnel,” Stone said.
Stone complained that given the county’s financial woes – with the prospect of payroll cuts during the next two years – now was not the time to create an administrative job in the sheriff’s department paying as high as $104,763 a year.
So back in 2008, the Sheriff had as a priority creating a new administrative position to represent him at community events and to track legislative issues. (Sound familiar?) In other words, the Sheriff was preparing his re-election(s) in 2008 with this position.
The sheriff’s new “legislative assistant” will engage “governmental agencies and organizations in which the sheriff has membership or interests,” according to sheriff’s department documents.
The “liaison” also will represent the sheriff at public meetings and research state and federal actions that might impact the sheriff’s department, documents indicated.
Back in 2008, Sheriff Sniff was warned that massive budget cuts were coming:
County Executive Officer Bill Luna said last week that spending cuts totaling 25 percent will be necessary between now and 2012. He said on Tuesday the county is implementing a hiring freeze and instituting stricter overtime rules.
The hiring freeze will be a recurring theme as we explore 10 years worth of the priorities of Sheriff Stan Sniff. However, this anecdote should be revealing as the complaints about the slow rolling of CCW Permits when staff could be re-purposed is not an isolated concept. This anecdote should give you perspective for the un-staffed jails and thousands of criminals getting released early or sometimes never serving a day of their sentence. Sniff had ample time to prepare for these issues and did not.