Saturday, July 11, 2020
DEPUTIES ASSOCIATION ENDORSE FMR. SHERIFF SHARP OVER INCUMBENT JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF FORTÉ!!!
Recent weeks have revealed worsening discord betwixt law enforcement and community leaders. Now, an upcoming primary election exposes a political rift amongst local authorities.
To wit . . .
DEPUTIES UNION SELECTS SHARP OVER FORTÉ IN UPCOMING PRIMARY AMID LONGSTANDING FEUD!!!
This doesn't come as a surprise to courthouse insiders but public political disputes involving law enforcement are extremely rare.
Let's not forget that the Sheriff Forté has consistently highlighted a legacy of corruption within the department and questions longstanding tactics.
Recently, the incumbent Sheriff also exposed his experience with racism from subordinates:
“Some of the things going on with the sheriffs office is because I’m a black male telling telling them what to do and they’re not accustom to it,” Sheriff Forté said.
The public disagreements within the department are new to local newswatchers given the overall law enforcement silence leading up to the "interesting" circumstances which precipitated former Sheriff Sharp's resignation.
Nevertheless, the local law man working toward a comeback seems happy to have the support from former employees in a recent post . . .
"A good leader collaborates, supports and respects their team. The respect demonstrated by a leader to those surrounding them is the respect they receive in return. Leadership means working through tough situations, having tough conversations, and addressing though issues with the end goal always being resolution. In today's climate, having tough conversations and collaborating to build the trust of the community and show the humanity of policing is not only important, it's imperative.
"I'm honored to have the support of the hard working men and women of the Jackson County Deputies Association - Chapter #3 FOP Lodge 50. During my nine years as Jackson County Sheriff we did just what I mentioned above - we worked together, we collaborated, we had tough conversations, we addressed tough issues and at the end of the day solutions were made and respect was given. I look forward to continuing this relationship and supporting the deputies of Jackson County when I am re-elected!"
Take a look:
And so, Jackson County Deputies standing up for their former boss despite recent controversy demonstrates the intense level of emotion and debate underlying this primary contest which continues to escalate as the vote moves closer.
Developing . . .