When Hemet Dave Brown retired as the Chief of Hemet’s police department, the spin started almost immediately. Ouch.
Perhaps Hemet Dave’s failure to raise significant resources is connected to the fact that donors understand his failure in Hemet. Hemet’s violent crime rate is number 1 in Riverside County.
His crowning achievement as related in the article is Measure U:
Hemet Dave said this is a good time to leave, saying there is strong leadership in place and the voter-approved Measure U, which increased sales tax 1 percentage point with money earmarked for public safety, leaves the department in good shape.
More on this in a future post, but I’d encourage Hemet Dave to campaign heavily on his tax measure.
The article drops another nuclear bomb as a throwaway right before the end:
Brown said his possible candidacy is not a sign that Hemet will dump its police department for the sheriff, which provides contract services in the majority of Riverside County cities.
In your intrepid blogger’s opinion, this is the biggest deal of this story – other than the fact that it omitted any reference to the spiraling crime statistics in Hemet. Will Hemet Dave Brown seek to convert Hemet in to a contract city should his extreme longshot bid pan out?
Hemet has also had a net loss of officers pitted against an increase in residents during Brown’s tenure despite the misleading claims of some in the article – More on that soon as well.
Hemet Dave Brown’s Sheriff Campaign is poorly funded and when juxtaposed against the reality that is Hemet is doomed. This is why Mr. Brown needs to re-focus the narrative.