At some point, blaming other people for the issues you have in your own office stops working. Not even the extremely and insanely biased US Media continued letting Barack Hussein Obama get away with it after 4 years of blaming President Bush.
Sheriff Stan Sniff was warned in 2008, that drastic cuts were coming. In 2011, the rank and file officers bore the brunt of it all. Rather than plan for the layoffs to try to mitigate some of them, we get this:
Riverside County Sheriff StanSniff today announced he will send layoff notices to nearly 800 officers in an effort to close the budget deficit.
As of last month, the sheriff’s department was facing a $10 million budget deficit for the fiscal year that ends in June.
For fiscal year 2011-12, the department may have to cut as much as $60 million to reach the spending target outlined by the executive office.
I’d lay odds that the Sheriff’s specially added $104k a year administrative job was not in that mix.
Earlier in 2011, after much debate about the location of a new jail (which is still under construction and being argued about), a little gem popped out near the end of the article:
Ironically, the county recently completed an $80 million upgrade of the Larry Smith Regional Detention Facility in Banning, ten miles west of the Whitewater site. The expansion added 582 beds to the Banning jail. County Sheriff Stan Sniff announced this month he would be closing 500 of those new beds due to budget cuts.
Sheriff Stan Sniff has never missed a raise. He currently hauls in a massive compensation package in excess of $335K a year. This includes a 20% pay raise in the midst of layoffs. Now we are starting to get a better picture of the Sheriff and his failure to lead or plan… to be continued.