Oct 132018

The sad irony of this whole thing is that Stan Sniff is an atheist and may miss the overriding point of the resignation letter because its’ author invoked God. Look at indictment of the department from this now retired career employee against the department…

My Fellow Warriors,

After careful thought and consideration, I have concluded that my core values are no longer aligned with the current culture of the State of California. I have been uncharacteristically quiet these last 18 months and I believed my silence would one day end. However, while staring into the skies from the windows on the 5th floor of Sheriff’s Administration, my conscience guided me onto a different path for me and more importantly, my family.  After almost 22 years of devotion to this department, it is time to move on and enjoy my lovely wife and children as well as maintain my health, sanity, and overall happiness.

Unfortunately, we live in a day of compromise. Across California, so many LEA’s are becoming adept at compromising with society that they have forgotten how to be uncompromising.  Agencies have let the current trends in culture influence and corrupt their core values and practices—blurring the lines between good and evil, between moral and immoral, between ethical and unethical.  In fact, law enforcement in California has compromised so greatly with society that it has effectively brainwashed many of its members to accept its mindset, values, attitudes—even its skewed morality. Society has become the final arbitrator of truth and forced the higher-ranking members of law enforcement to bow to an immoral, ungodly mob mentality.

I strongly believe a continuation of compromise, will set a course that will cripple public trust and conflict with our profession’s ability to serve our communities with honor. Evidence proves society is declining at an ever-increasing rate. The likelihood of continued attacks against our profession is guaranteed, which makes it so important to adhere to and not allow compromise to creep into our thinking.

Instead, look for courage to lift your collective voice against the mob spirit that is threatening the integrity of our profession. In a world that’s gone gray with compromise, each of you must faithfully delineate the good from the evil. Failure to disentangle yourselves from the ordinary citizens will have devastating effects on the most fundamental values of the law enforcement profession. Seek to live an uncompromising life to break the long pattern of conciliation and submission. Remain faithful to the core tenets of this profession.

If the Almighty is not your final authority, be committed to your respective Code of Ethics as the final authority and be willing to suffer the consequences in failing to do so. The last sentence of The Law Enforcement Code of Ethics, contains the words “dedicating myself before God.” I firmly believe these words are confirming the importance of religious faith in law enforcement’s heritage and future; in this way we should constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our profession’s most powerful resource in fighting crime and protecting our communities.

Endeavor to do all things without grumbling or disputing. Live in such manner to be blameless and innocent, above reproach amid our crooked and perverse society. Do not love in vain or work in vain. Be of the same mind in fighting wrongdoers, maintain that first love you had for this profession, remain united in spirit with each other, intent on one purpose. Do nothing out of selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourself.  Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.  Be sheepdogs of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve. This is the life of a public servant.

Serve your profession with honor, both on and off duty. Strengthen your ability to control your emotions and your actions, regardless of circumstance, so you will be set apart from others. Focus the core of your being on uncompromising integrity so your character will hold steadfast and withstand any attack. Make a vow to yourself, your spouse, your children, your partner, that you will never quit. If you get knocked down…GET UP!  If you get passed over on the promotion list and transferred to an assignment in the cover of darkness…STAY MOTIVATED!  Draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect those whom you have sworn to and accomplish the mission at hand. Remember, the community you serve expects you to be physically harder and mentally stronger than our attackers.

Theodore Roosevelt subscribed to this belief. In his 1910 speech “Citizenship in a Republic” he stated:

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

In closing, I thank those who have made my career possible and given consequence to the various assignments I had over the years. I am grateful to have played a small role in specific conversations that have helped guide those who have been called to a life of public service. I am sad to leave, but I leave this profession with no regrets. I leave with the knowledge that I had the career God intended for me. I believe the pursuit of truth through ethical conduct and moral courage is a noble undertaking and I encourage the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department to embrace this ideology.


Gary Lee

  15 Responses to “Stan Sniff Update: Letter from Senior Administrative Staff Indicts the “Culture of Compromise” in the Riverside Sheriff’s Office”

  1. In addition to the 2 County Supervisors and numerous local City Mayors, CHAD BIANCO has the support and endorsements of :

    Palm Springs Police
    Banning Police
    Riverside Police
    Hemet Police
    Corona police
    Murrieta Police
    Beaumont Police
    Indio Police
    Cathedral City Police
    Desert Hot Springs Police
    Riverside Sheriffs

    Stan Sniff has zero endorsements from any law enforcement agency…..

    It’s no wonder why his top brass are having daily melt downs.

    The men and women of law enforcement deserve strong leadership, please support your police officers and deputy sheriffs and vote Chad Bianco for Sheriff on Nov. 6th!!

    Thank you for your support

  2. Gary, I wish you well in retirement. I can understand why you felt the need to have this “Jerry McGuire” moment. You worked each day at the epicenter of political corruption and ineptitude on Lemon Street, Riverside.

    For us that remain here to shoulder against the slanted views held by incompetent administrators, we will miss your help. I want to offer you more Gary, but for the very sake of this organization; the heart and soul of our Department, those left here are in a fight to save RSO.

    Almost doubtful, but If you are bestowed an honorably retired badge, hold onto it. Recognize that after we win this fight and restore integrity and competency back to RSO on November 6th, that badge will once more represent all those traits you began this career to embody.

    in the words of Wyatt Earp: “Fight’s commenced! Get to fightin’ or get away!”

  3. Gary, please hold on until Nov 2018, only days left to clean and desinfecta the second floor on Lemon St. Please help support the cause, we need you.

  4. To: My brothers and sisters,

    I may not know you, nor did we cross paths with each other on this side. However, that does not change the fact that I would like to thank you for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, recitals, back to school nights, first day of school, countless holidays, or any other important life moments you missed, because you answered the call. I would like to thank your families for sharing you with the people you served.

    The chosen few know the feeling of wearing the uniform and answering the call. The feeling of going from zero to one hundred in a split second. Seeing things that should never be seen. And things that can’t be forgotten. No matter how much you try and wash it away with Jack or Jim.

    The battlefields and calls have left their marks on our souls. We shall carry them to the last call, our final call. We will have one last briefing. We will hang up our badge and lay our head down,to rest in peace. The peace we fought hard to maintain.

    Remember why you answered the call and live each day to that. Do not become cynical and disgruntled. You can determine your legacy. It’s up to you.

    May God’s grace and mercy be on all of you as you defend this world from evil. I pray that each of you make it home to your families everyday.

    Stand strong on your convictions and always do the right thing for the right reasons.

  5. Thank you Desert Cop and Fly on the Wall for your perspectives. We have to get rid of Sniff’s administration to rebuild from the ruins he will leave us. Those of us who have chosen to stay must keep up the good fight, because the fight HAS commenced and we need to see this thing through to the end. Once Sniff is voted out and BIANCO is voted in, we can rebuild and make RSO great again.

    There are some people that absolutely must go and Kurly is one of them. We can not compromise and allow a dishonest LIAR to remain in power.

    And to keep everyone from forgetting about how dishonest and dirty Kurylowicz is, I’m going to be re-posting this for the next 25 days:

    A quote from Palm Springs Mayor Pro Tem J.R. Roberts: “The only thing worse than bigotry is someone lying about it for political gain.”

    You be the judge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI8y8k8q-Ps&feature=youtu.be

    By the way, for anyone who may be offended by reading anything on this blog, here’s a NEWS FLASH, you don’t have to look at it! It doesn’t automatically pop up on your computer screen unless you purposely search for it. So don’t search for it and then start whining about what you’ve read on it.



  7. Isn’t it sad that a good man writes a retirement letter that feels like a divorce, a doctor telling you you only have weeks to live, your dog died, a loved one died. Sick what S/Sniff and his band of cult followers have done to RSD to warrant such a letter. It makes me envision a mob of angry employees running up the stairs of sheriff’s admin to rip these scumbags out of their offices and into the streets. How does S/Sniff not feel the hatred coming from all directions? Isn’t there anyone telling him to give it up for the good of the department ? I know what S/Sniff and the corrupt 2014 Perris Station administration did to me and I felt the feelings described above. I wrote similar letters to help me through it.

    While on admin leave I dealt with Sgt Lee on the phone and email. I felt nothing but non judgmental professionalism from him. So for that Sir I thank you and wish you nothing but the best life has to offer. You may think this will be a clean break from RSD but what these corrupt fools did and do will pop into your head when you least expect it. You might start second guessing if you should have stepped in and done something more to stop it. For a time after I retired, out of nowhere, cases would pop into my head and I would analyze what I did and what I could have done better. It’s weird and until you experience it you might think it’s not going to happen to you. Be prepared it hurts. After a couple of years those things subside somewhat.

    RSD has a firm reputation as a corrupt organization thanks to S/Sniff and the lowlifes that did his dirt. So in your travels when you tell people you meet you retired from RSD don’t be surprised if they offer you their condolences. I’ve heard it from retirees it’s happened to. Saddest thing I have ever heard.

    If you look at great human civilizations, from the Roman Empire to the Soviet Union, you will see that most do not fail simply due to external threats but because of internal weakness, corruption, or a failure to manifest the values and ideals they espouse.

    Cory Booker Failure, Great, Values, Weakness, Look

    We must weed out corruption and build a strong system of justice that the people can trust.

    Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

    Rot slowly S/Sniff and when your time comes and the devils in black robes come up from the ground to drag you to hell I hope you suffer. That also goes to all of you who looked at S/Sniff in that RSD bubble as your god and did his dirt. You will see what fools you are.

  8. You are a good, God fearing man Gary and deserve better than what you got from Satan’s little helpers on the second floor. In one aspect it is sad to see someone like you go, but I more than understand why you are leaving. You were my peer at RPDC and a valuable asset to the Department,

    But as usual they are letting you go as they ask their “Tools” to stay and defend the corrupt organization. The book of Deuteronomy, 31.6 reads,” Be strong and of good courage, do not fear, or be afraid of them, for the LORD your God, he is the one who goes with you.” And I heard about how Sniff lost his mind, and control of his colon when he saw your challenge coin, but you did the right thing and when you stand before the LORD come judgement day, you will be allowed into God’s kingdom, but not them.

    An organization is judged by the people they promote, and if the employees promoted lack the required morals and skills, they will be incompetent in their position (sound familiar Christian Dekker). And “yes men” do not become good leaders because they lack the insight, and have reached a level of incompetence (sound familiar Aaron Kent). And those that realize they have been promoted beyond their capabilities look for alternate excuses to blame their shortcoming on (sound familiar Kevin Smith). You will be missed Gary, and you will go to heaven because you have done your time in hell on Lemon Street.

  9. Gary, the Code of Ethics is something that we live by when we wear the badge, but to Stan Sniff and his wicked servants on the second floor, it’s more like flexible guidelines that can be deviated from for their own opportunistic benefit. To good, honest, God fearing men, it is a code that we adhere to, but can others like Bill DiYorio, Kevin Vest, Ray Wood, Jerry Gutierrez, Jason Horton or Jeff Kubel say they have lived up to those standards, no, they have no concept of ethical behavior. They claim to hold their subordinates to that standard as they violate it on a regular basis to justify their perverse behavior and biased decisions as they ruin the names of good people. You were right in leaving Gary because even Lot knew when it was time to flee Sodom. Good luck in you new endeavors Gary, you are a good man that worked for very ungrateful Masters.’

  10. It took a lot of courage for you to not only compose that letter, but to post it, so I admire you for your moxie Gary. But the heretics on the second floor will not look kindly upon you, but what can you expect from the heathens we have to answer to. Although unlike Sniff and his morons on the command staff, you can walk away with your head held up high knowing you have done the right thing for the right reason, and not for personal gain like others in the Department have. You maintained your principles and did not capitulate to the temptations of self-enrichment like so many of your self-serving peers have. And the good Lord has blessed you in allowing you this forum to post your letter, so enjoy retirement with your family, no one deserves it more than you do my friend.

  11. Outstanding work Gary, I hope the second floor chokes on your letter, with enough left over for Internal Affairs to gag on. You should be given a Pulitzer for your letter Gary. Your letter details how the rest of us feel about Stan Sniff and his marionettes. You will always be a hero to us in Mo Val for your letter Gary. Kurly could learn about leadership from you.

  12. We can only hope the Justice Department uses your open letter to ROD to initiate an investigation into Sniffles and his den of thieves. There is more than enough to prove malfeasance, mismanagement, cronyism, nepotism, discrimination and corruption. Thank you Mr. Gary Lee, you are a brave, and humble man.

  13. Gary, the misfits on the second floor don’t care about you, me, or the Code of Ethics, POBAR, common desceny, mutual respect, honesty or integrity. All they care about is “what’s in it for me” and how to cover their mistakes but putting the blame on others. If they really cared about the department and their subordinates, they would not treat us like indentured servants. It was a well written letter Gary, and everything you said was true, to the dismay of Sniff and his staff.

  14. Goodnight everyone!!!! Sgt.Lee kept it 100!!!]

  15. Gary you were treated very unfairly by the department, but in the end, you prevailed because you maintained your integrity, and faith in the LORD. All the second floor misfits believe in are Benjamin Franklins, which is their god and what they worship. The good LORD may have closed this door called RSO to you, but that’s only because he has opened up other doors for you to prosper. So enjoy retirement with your family because that is the best reward God can give you Gary. In the gospel according to St. Matthew, chapter 8, verses 28-34, Jesus cast out demons into swine that perished. History will repeat itself when Stan Sniff and his demons (the Lemon Street Gang), are cast out as a heard of swine to perish in obscurity.

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