Here at Right on Daily, we’ve been doing an expose on a man we believe has a responsibility problem. Sheriff Stan Sniff did not plan to fail, he failed to plan. For almost his entire tenure, the budget has been a major issue. Rather than be flexible and accept help, the Sheriff has resisted all attempts at audits, performance reviews and other creative solutions to avoid the draconian staffing cuts, hiring freezes and empty jail beds.
Crime is going up. The Sheriff’s Pay keeps going up. The Sheriff continues to blame the officers, the County Supervisors, and whomever else he needs to in order to absolve himself of responsibility for his failure of leadership. It is so bad, you have beat officers posing for selfies in front of wrecks as there is little or no discipline. But, the Sheriff goes to those Rotary meetings.
Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff is getting close to $18 million in extra funding after warning that his department needed as much as $50 million more to avoid deep cuts that could compromise public safety in unincorporated areas.
The money allocated by the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, July 25, came after a tense exchange between Sniff and Supervisor John Tavaglione, who accused Sniff of resisting an ongoing efficiency effort and publicly badmouthing supervisors.
How many articles have we posted, starting all the way back in 2008 that indicate this is a pattern? This time, the Sheriff got $18 Million more than originally told and still could not help but pick a fight and resist attempts to help solve the problem.
Much of KPMG’s work focuses on the Sheriff’s Department, and the firm has said Sniff can save money by shifting deputies’ schedules and using non-sworn personnel and a telephone system to handle minor, nonemergency calls. An experiment to test some of KPMG’s ideas is underway at the sheriff’s patrol station in Hemet. The Lake Elsinore station will soon be included.
As an elected official, Sniff can’t be fired.
I do find the reference to terminating the Sheriff in the article to be interesting… as the Sheriff is fighting all of the suggestions of KPMG tooth and nail. Then the article proceeds to where the Sheriff breaks a campaign promise:
Last month, Sniff told supervisors he bridged a $40 million shortfall by not replacing hundreds of departed employees and taking deputy patrols in unincorporated communities down to bare-bones levels.
Sniff promised 1.2 Deputies per 1,000 as a campaign pledge in 2014. In 2017 it is down to .75. Yet, if you read the entire article you will see him in open warfare against all of the cost-cutting recommendations that could help achieve that goal.
Later, Tavaglione told Sniff: “We work with your team here. Your team is doing good stuff … But every time you get up here, I have to tell you I get very disappointed and so does (Supervisor Chuck Washington).
“He sits behind you at an event and hears you badmouth us,” Tavaglione said. “We get Facebook … posts – what a bad job the Board of Supervisors (is doing). We don’t appreciate that. Because all we’ve been doing for the past 10 years is supporting you and your agency. And you know damn well that’s the truth.”
It looks like Sheriff Stan Sniff has some serious trouble as people that have traditionally endorsed him are now in open warfare with him. You can only scapegoat and blame other people for your own failures of leadership for so long until they rebel.
The case against Sheriff Sniff Continues to Build.