Tuesday, November 28, 2017
LEGISLATIVE SESSION CONSENSUS: JACKSON COUNTY EXEC FRANK WHITE AND CHIEF OF STAFF CALEB CLIFFORD CONFRONT UNIVERSAL DEMAND FOR IMMEDIATE CHANGE AMID JAIL CRISIS!!!
Another Courthouse legislative session was dominated by disagreement over the Jackson County Jail betwixt the Legislature And The County Exec.
Here's the best comprehensive write-up of today's drama:
KCTV5: Debate over direction of Jackson County Jail divides legislature
Even more info from Fox4:
Fox4: Legislators complained that the most recent attack on a jail guard shows White is not making the detention center safer and more secure.
KMBC: Jackson County Executive Frank White grilled in meeting regarding the Jackson County Jail
The basics . . .
The Legislature wants immediate action on the jail and would like to enact recommendations already put forward by consultants whereas there's still not much urgency from Exec White.
Even worse . . .
Not even the Pitch seems to be siding with team white with this lukewarm glam profile write-up from Barb Shelly: Frank White’s chief of staff is helping his boss — but what about Jackson County?
The missive is mostly a recap of stuff that's already been covered along with an interview wherein Babs is mostly unconvinced.
Reminder about a topic our blog community has been talking since last year . . .
THERE'S OVERWHELMING JACKSON COUNTY OPPOSITION TO EXEC WHITE AND CHIEF OF STAFF CLIFFORD OVER MANAGEMENT STYLE AND RELIANCE ON FRANK WHITE'S BASEBALL LEGACY!!!
Translation . . . Exec White's Golden Glove prizes aren't going to help in the courtroom where JaxCo confronts a litany of inmate lawsuit over horrific jail conditions.
More importantly, two guards assaulted over the past two months raises the stakes beyond mere political posturing.
Here's what's quizzical . . .
EXEC FRANK WHITE STILL ISN'T MAKING MANAGEMENT CHANGES AT THE JAIL!!! INSIDER CONTEND THAT HIS EGO IS HOLDING HIM BACK FROM CHANGING COURSE!!!
This passage offers a stunning juxtaposition:
There was a call to shake up management at the jail.
"In any other universe you would have a new management team,' Legislator Crystal Williams of Kansas City pointedly told Exec Frank White.
"I have complete confidence in the team over there," White replied.
"I don't," Williams shot back.
While not calling him out by name, Williams was almost certainly referring to corrections department director Joe Piccinini.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Baker agreed that new leadership is needed.
Nevertheless, there's still very little action or move for change at the jail from Exec White's office at the end of another session.
Developing . . .