To the Editor:
I am wondering when enough is enough? I have lived in this county for nearly 17 years. Our Sheriff’s Department claims it’s values to be the following…
“I will never act on personal feelings, prejudices, animosities, or friendships to influence my decisions. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature, or is confided to me in my official capacity, shall be kept secret unless necessary to reveal in the performance of duty. I will remain honest, and hold myself to a high degree of integrity in both my personal and official life.”
Our Sheriff, John Wilson continues to express his views on integrity, honesty, and ethics from a leadership standpoint in every single public address, newsletter, media interview, and mission statement. What I find completely confusing is the irony surrounding the aforesaid. Where is the “integrity” in hiring and promoting a Sergeant within the Sheriff’s Department that has been named in 3 major lawsuits, 2 of which made national headlines for violation of Constitutional Rights that awarded victims over $500,000.00 in taxpayer revenue. The same Deputy involved in these lawsuits was caught having extra marital affairs with not one, but two different co-workers within the Sheriff’s Department. All of which were evident and investigated without any repercussions or disciplinary actions by John Wilson. He was instead promoted to Sergeant.
One Deputy was engaged in a late night game of “quick draw” using his service weapon with a fellow Deputy when a round was discharged self-inflicting a wound resulting in the amputation of his leg. This Deputy was promoted to Detective and given a meritorious award. The same Detective also has two convictions for Domestic Violence and DUI. This must be what Wilson continues to define as “higher standards”.
Have any of you typed “Clare County Sheriff’s Department” into the Review’s search bar? Looked at all of the lawsuits, scandals, and investigations conducted into the operations of the Sheriff’s Department? How can the Sheriff’s Department investigate itself?
I believe we need true integrity in our county, and until we, “The Citizens of Clare County” take a stand, integrity will continue to demise in our community.