Saturday, June 13, 2020
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPT K-9 UNIT PROBS, EXPENSE ARGUMENTS, COVID CONFUSION AND MORE DOGGONE PERSONNEL DRAMA CONFRONT SHERIFF FORTÉ!!!
Behind the scenes, there's word of ongoing turmoil within the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.
In fact, a scathing two-page memo is making the rounds among insiders at the courthouse and it describes fights with management that seem to constitute a low key crisis.
We have the document but it contains law enforcement names and allegations, so for now we'll just list a few highlights that will soon become more clear and should seem familiar to so many 12th & Oak denizens who have read the report.
Here's the damage . . .
- The K-9 Unit is hurting for cash. Care for the doggies has been jeopardized because of credit card authorization problems and overall it seems like this division of local law enforcement is struggling under current management.
- The Jackson County Sheriff's Department is coping with a car crisis. A lack of money to provide windshield wipers, oil changes and front-end repair has frustrated deputies and has the fleet of cars falling apart . A line from the report: "Deputies driving cars with tires so bald, chords are showing through. Told not to run emergency or their tires will blow up."
- Coronavirus policy for the Jackson County Sheriff's Department is not universal. Amid an overall lack of clear policy, One employee complained after he was forced to use personal sick times for quarantine.
Even worse, there are allegations of corruption and scary insinuation that law enforcement officials tipped off a night club owner before a search.
To be fair, Sheriff Forté has also called out corruption within the department along with allegations of racism and resistance to change.
Here's what we know for sure from the looks of this memo . . .
MANY AMONG THE JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT RANK & FILE SEEM TO BE REJECTING THE LEADERSHIP OF SHERIFF FORTÉ!!!
This isn't a big secret but now we're getting a look at management issues and specific allegations that that point to personnel drama about to go public very, very soon.
Developing . . .