From a 27 Year Veteran of the RSO – An Anonymous Letter That Sums up the Legacy of Failure and Corruption of Stan Sniff
Anonymous Letter to Aaron Park
As a 27-year veteran of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, I had some incredible highs and some lows. However, the past 18 months, have been the lowest in my career.
The dismal morale is not because of the hardworking men and women of the Department, but we administrators. I say “we” because I am a manager and required to support the Sheriff and his policies.
My frustration and disappointment stems from the blatant bias, double standard and favoritism which starts from the top. Not to mention the lack of concern and at times distain for our staff (RSA) by Sheriff Sniff and his executive staff.
As a manager you are told to forecast the needs of the Department in the coming year, two years and so on. We have always been faced with staffing challenges but never to this degree. A degree that Sheriff Sniff caused by not hiring as needed.
I knew we were in serious trouble about 18 months ago when the word came down the Department will meet our budget through attrition. This means those leaving the Department for a variety of reasons would not be backfilled with new employees.
With 150 – 175 sworn staff leaving annually, Sheriff Sniff decided not to backfill these funded positions. Thus reducing our staffing, creating an officer safety issue and a public safety concern.
He maintained a limited number of cadets to keep our academy open. Look at the low numbers over the past three years RSO sponsored in the academy. NOW we are left with no acceptable level of county coverage for our unincorporated communities. For example, Hemet Station reportedly fields two, maybe three deputies per shift, very unsafe!
Weekly, if not daily my captain reminds the chief we need deputies to meet our public safety needs. Yet we feel our pleas for help have fallen on death ears. The election is a more pressing matter!
The leadership failures are evident. The reduction in force was also reportedly a political tactic to get back at the Board of Supervisors for cutting the Department’s budget. Sheriff Sniff opted to argue with the BOS than work with them. This resulted in a very unhealthy relationship.
Under pressure Sheriff Sniff came up with 10 million to process CCWs. How did these funds miraculously appear? For the last three years Sheriff Sniff has been cutting spending by limiting training, delaying replacing equipment and not aggressively hiring! The lack of updated training puts our staff and citizens at risk and increases liability.
Finally, leadership has been replaced with intimidation and incompetence.
Captains cornered their lieutenants while on-duty to have them sign a pledge of support card to re-elect Sheriff Sniff. Intimidation?
Chiefs contacted staff (RSA members) and told then they better support Sheriff Sniff or else. Intimidation, you be the judge.
Chiefs and Assistant Sheriffs showing up at Lt. Bianco’s events to take names on attendees. Intimidation?
Lieutenants cowering in their office to scared to talk to an upset citizen. This is what we do, help resolve problems in order to improve the quality of life of our fellow citizens. Incompetence?
Captain and chiefs ignoring a sergeant falsifying a payroll documents by putting in for overtime not worked. Is this a combination of incompetence and a leadership failure? You be the judge.
Recently, a panicky lieutenant cutting into units because he refused to listen to a fireman. Guess what, no fire hit the command post and no other agencies moved their vehicles. Incompetence, you be the judge.
If I can opine, the Department is working hard to justify this conduct because the lieutenant is in favor with the second floor. Mainly because he has no issue with informing the chiefs on who supports Lt Bianco.
I could go on but you get the point. The frustration of trying to do right by the men and women of the Department, is always met with Administration resistance!
Damning the staff will end after the election regardless of who wins. There will be another mass exodus of employees to prevent retaliation if Sheriff Sniff is re- elected.
The commanders who lead through intimidation and threats will leave if Lt Bianco is elected.
Unfortunately, I will not be eligible for retirement until 2020. So, I have to play nice and keep my mouth shut at staff meetings or in the presence of those who inform on others for personal gain.
From what I have seen, Sheriff Sniff and his staff have no interest in helping employees. They want to keep their jobs at any cost…through unethical and intimidating conduct. If you are an employee then you know what I am talking about.
Just look at the recent promotions, some qualified some not in my opinion. But all were campaign donors!
All Caucasian except for one. A correction chief from all accounts lacks ability but promoted to the first African American chief for corrections. A political appointment to garner votes.
There are minority lieutenants qualified to be a captain, but don’t play reindeer games, so are considered disloyal.
Consider this, it is important to vote on November 6, 2018 . Vote for who you think is best to improve the Department and move it forward to be more efficient and serve the public effectively.
To restore the Department’s core values of integrity, honesty, leadership and professional. More importantly restore the publics faith and confident in the Riverside County Sheriffs Department.
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Well said anonymous, but what’s sad is that everything you have mentioned is true. The Sheriff and his executive staff act more like thugs than leaders of men and believe in ruling by fear and intimidation than by honorable character.
Some have done nothing in their careers, except screw others over in order to climb the ranks, and others are political appointees that only look good on paper, but have no idea what they are doing and were promoted beyond their capabilities. Look at all the tools and yes men (aka suck-ups) that the Sheriff and his marionettes on Lemon Station have promoted in order to maintain control, (and inform on others). All this does is destroy morale in the Department.
And maybe the real reason the Sheriff has not filled the vacant positions is due to a financial reason, but not in the normal sense of the word. With the KPMG report, they discovered that the county funds PCN numbers, even if they are vacant (the Sheriff has the money for the position, but no body). So what the second floor does is they raid the money from the open PCN numbers to use for their budget, and everyone on the command staff is aware of this practice, but go along with the Sheriff’s plan because they are at-will and don’t want to lose their cushy job.
Mismanagement, absolutely, criminal behavior, not likely. So if the Sheriff has 150 PCN numbers vacant, that affords him a lot of money to use at his discretion, like for CCW’s and other programs that benefit the voting public during this election year. It’s all about the Sheriff and his second floor hoodlums staying in power, at any cost. Desert Cop Sep 11, 2018 at 9:17 am
Don’t get me started on the systemic failure inside the Corrections Division. The under-50 year old brain trust with stars on their collar points, have now came to the unanimous conclusion a golf cart collision merits complete removal of those tools across the Corrections Division. So by extending this thought solution, any collisions that involve patrol vehicles warrants the Patrol Division hoofing it to their next call for service. With low staffing, caused by Administration, any tools that help fill the efficiency voids they created by poor planning are valuable ones.
You see, no matter how you spin this particular issue, the Administrators get the “participation trophy” and not the prize for competency. If the golf carts were improperly governed under weak or non-existent policy, the purchase of these multi-thousand dollar vehicles were made under the nose of people paid to watch (ahem, Division Chief). Since these vehicles are “nothing new” within the Corrections Division, in which direction were these Chief Deputies and the Assistants Sheriff looking all these years?
Now, if the administrators who took money bi-monthly to adopt, review, update, implement, and administrate the use of these motor vehicles under a policy, are now amazed that a collision does occasionally happen; the Chief Deputies are obtuse at best, incompetent at worst. Why would a routine collision be a nerve rattling experience that reverberated throughout the second floor? It makes me wonder what exactly these Administrators think we all do here. Well, we don’t bake bread, and we don’t make shoes. We take bad people to jail at much sacrifice and risk of personal injury. WE are peace officers.
Here’s a tip to all the Administrators, if you don’t know what is happening in the assignment you possess, despite paper trails, purchase receipts, repair invoices, personal witness of golf carts passing as you perform an annual inspection and budgetary line items that should direct discovery by a casual observer; perhaps you lack competency to hold such a position. . Cancel reply
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