Now Retired Captain Roy Grace was brought in to the Thermal Station along with Lt. Manning to clean it up. That was a mission doomed to fail from its’ outset. Given that Grace was a weak at best leader, it did indeed fail miserably.
Hopefully, there are no typos in this post that will distract from the real issues raised within it. I am not a cop and I am not trying to impress a superior or a Judge. Rather, I am a blogger reporting on corruption.
Stan Sniff himself in 2009 said the following:
“This is one of the few professions in which tenured employees can destroy their careers with but a single misstep in ethics and integrity. … Hear me clearly at the start of your careers. Violations of integrity and ethical standards are literally `death sentences’ to law enforcement careers.”
My how times have changed with Stan Sniff, look at 2018 now. Crooked donors, crooked employees, corruption…
After our original post about Terminated Captain Andrew Shouse, Now Captain Misty Reynolds and Sgt. Frank Schiavone, we’ve gotten a lot of follow up.
As expected there has been extensive information about the sexual foibles of the above three. It has become clear to this non-cop that there is a higher than usual amount of cheating and sexual philandering amongst law enforcement versus civilians due to a psychological phenomina of adrenaline and some sort of high that comes from the behavior. As a sober alcoholic, I get that dynamic really well – it does not however exempt me from the consequences of my (or their) actions.
I find it quite interesting how selective the process is of who actually gets disciplined and who does not. Even though I believe Andrew Shouse to be corrupt and unhealthy, he does have a legitimate point when he claims he was scapegoated. Misty Reynolds was his Lt. at the Thermal Station when a lot of the rampant corruption was in play there. By accounts, she is in the middle of it, Shouse got fired, Reynolds went to the Ratt Squad and was then promoted.
I did not know this before my latest informants came forward, but Reynolds is latina. This adds yet another name to the list of people that appear to be promoted / protected due to the boxes they can check on their applications. Please also note that Reynolds is featured in the documents about the investigator cheating scandal. Was she also involved along with Undertaker Diyoyo and then Captain now Chief Christopher Brandon Ford in the cover-up?
Similar to past posts I have written about now retired Captain Roy Grace, once again he failed to lead and may well have covered up criminal activity.
Misty Reynolds and Frank Schiavone did have an affair while they were assigned as deputies to a team in Palm Desert. They were known to have sex on duty. As rumors began to arise, Misty went into attack mode and tried to stop the rumors by asking for a personnel investigation from her supervisor, who was then-Sgt Roy Grace. Grace is said to have spoken to Schiavone, who confirmed the affair. Consistent with his pattern, Now Captain Roy Grace killed any investigation right there, including consensual sex on duty and in department facilities.
Consistent with department cover-up patterns, Frank Schiavone was ultimately moved to another team, and that team was disbanded after Schiavone and other team members showed up to a training class after drinking.
This is known as “Beergate” in the rank and file and it appears no one was fired over this.
Misty Reynolds was promoted to Lt. after the Roy Grace coverup. However, because of the circumstances, she was promoted/transferred from the Palm Desert Station to Thermal Station, where her husband worked. So that meant he had to be transferred elsewhere. Her Husband was removed from his special assignment at Thermal and sent to the courts. Get it? Misty’s Husband got screwed over and he was the victim, not a participant in the affair. Another innocent getting hosed in the Stan Sniff era.
It gets better, after Mr. Reynolds was transferred, he was then supervised by Sgt. Schiavone after the affair was basically common knowledge.
Later, while assigned to PSB (aka the Ratt squad) as an investigator, it was rumored another affair occurred with at least one other PSB investigator. Good Lord this is impossible to keep track of.
Schiavone was at the Courts because he had an affair with the wife of a subordinate, who was also an employee at the Thermal Station. That husband employee was transferred to Palm Desert. The wife employee stayed at Thermal.
Later Schiavone was transferred out of the courts, and his drinking buddy Shouse ensured he went to the drug task force, which is a highly sought-after assignment, and also one that is very lucrative.
Misty was Shouse’s right hand. It was her team that caused the initial investigation into Shouse’s activities as a commander. Even though she was in charge of that team, everyone else was transferred to new assignments, etc, Shouse was fired, and Misty got yet another promotion. Did Reynolds turn on Shouse when she saw a chance to promote? (Even from 500 miles away that is clear)
It is widely believed she had affairs even while at Thermal. Somehow, she gets promoted after being a central part of the corruption at Thermal. She was widely believed to be the next choice to go back there as the commander. You can see that did indeed happen as of 4/23/2018 continuing Stan Sniff’s pattern of promoting the corrupt.
In the words of the informants, “But she is a Hispanic female, so under Sniff, that makes her untouchable.”
No one knows what was investigated about Shouse, Reynolds, and the Cochella Special Investigation team they created. It is clear from accounts that Shouse and Reynolds may well have been cooking the books in a worse manner than the overtime abuses we’ve been chronicling suggest. It has also become apparent that some of the book cooking may well have been improperly allocating resources from contract cities and covering up how the funds were allocated.
It clear even from 500 miles away, these two could not have done what they did without someone in the 2nd floor knowing about it, most likely Stan Sniff himself.
The picture of the rusted out patrol car is embedded again as a reminder of the disrepair at the thermal station which is on top of the history of corruption.
If Stan Sniff and his butt monkies in the Sheriff’s administration say they were unaware of all of this activity, It means they are lying about not knowing and/or they failed miserably in their responsibility to hold people accountable.
It is the opinion of this blogger that Andrew Shouse was rightly fired. However, he got screwed over by Stan Sniff and has a legitimate claim against the department because he was terminated and Misty Reynolds was promoted for the same exact behavior. Having Reynolds be the Station Commander of the Thermal Station is like giving Jesse James the Keys to the bank.
This is the kind of corruption that has beset the Riverside Sheriff’s Department and the story will be continued.
(Sniff has his hand on Misty in this photo. Next to Reynolds is, Sgt Brandi Swan, and Yvonne “Eggplant” Varela on the rightmost. This photo was taken at some sort of a Women’s event.)