The reason I support a recall of Sheriff McDonald is to bring attention to the fact that he is not doing his job in accordance with professional standards and practices. As chief administrator of his department, he has a responsibility to ensure compliance to legal and ethical norms. This is not a personal attack. Everyone says Phil McDonald is a nice guy. I believe them.
As for the County Commissioners, I’m not sure how much responsibility they should bear for the performance of the Sheriff’s Department. Having met them, I can say that they also seem to be pretty nice guys. However, the medical marijuana moratorium, approved by Winters and Shoun, in spite of being informed by Town Councilor Mike Warren that its support was non-governmental (lobbyist), is the kind of gutless posterior protection that seems to prevail.
The assertion that the cords on the visiting room telephones in the jail are short to prevent hangings, is ludicrous. The only jail-related hanging I am aware of was done by an unfortunate young lady after she was released. This mentally ill person was kept in the Lake County jail for an extended period of time, despite the (alleged) recommendation of the consulting psychologist, Dr. Stephen Tibbits, that she be placed in an institution that was equipped to help her.
If you wish to use analogies, such as, “team” or “family”, then include the entire county, not just the folks you like. I chose to invest in Lake County, as did family and friends, so inviting me to leave town is bogus.
To be clear, I am not saying that everyone in law enforcement or local government is corrupt. As far as Orlando Gonzales being a puppet of Ulys Stapleton – ridiculous! He was politically active before Stapleton came on the scene, and Deputy Pore was well known for his bad behavior far prior to Stapleton’s candidacy.