Monday, December 5, 2011

THE WORST JOB IN THE WORLD? SHERIFF PATTERSON’S COMMUNICATION DIRECTOR...

Of course, being Sheriff Patterson’s communication director is not the worst job in the world. But for all the power a communication director has when his boss is constantly missing in action, there is also pressure. It is difficult to lead when you don’t have the title and Patterson has the title but refuses to lead. His idea of leadership is inviting people to ask questions at one of his daily breakfasts in Cleveland – breakfasts where he has been surrounded by an almost ex officio Sheriff’s cabinet made up of some real characters from outside of Liberty County that are as unqualified as they are unpublicized.

A review of two different newsworthy items reveals the dilemma. When i-dineout.com editor had his fill of press releases coming out of the LCSO taking credit for things they didn’t do and exaggerating the LCSO’s role, he expressed no beef with the hard working deputies. He was exasperated by Sheriff Patterson and his public relations officer, Steve Green and more recently Rex Evans. The press releases must have appeared to i-dineout the same way they did to others – like “Re-elect Sheriff Patterson news releases”. So much so that it seems i-dineout decided to draw a line in the sand and force Patterson to recognize he needed to step up to the plate and be more forthcoming. But Patterson decided to continue to lead from the shadows.

In the absence of what should have been a simple statement from Patterson, or a responsive press release regarding questions about arrests made at multiple meth lab crime scenes, i-dineout expressed doubts about how truthful the press releases were coming out of the LCSO. Liberty Dispatch has been at odds with i-dineout for years, but the truthfulness of Patterson’s press releases has been a subject of some doubt by a great many people, not just i-dineout.

Rather than respond and tell the people that pay his salary more about the meth lab busts, his spokesman at the time, Steve Green, gets all bogged down in what he can legally withhold and all of the processes involved in PIA’s (Public Information Act ). Rather than Patterson step forward and explain what he could and then explain that until the appropriate time the rest of the details would be withheld pending investigation, Green did what he did much of the time he was in charge of communications for Patterson. He stonewalled.

And GUESS WHO has come to his defense? THE OUTSIDERS! - Which by the way tends to corroborate everything we have been saying about Patterson’s relationship to these “Outsider” people. The same people who refer us to Patterson’s breakfast when we have asked for Patterson to show the public the money trail in and out of the slush fund he has control of from seizures. So they seem to really be defending a process that makes the Sheriff unaccountable and protects them from any revelations of being paid for their services through the slush fund. Patterson should begin by telling the media what his relationship is to Eddie Shauberger and Fuddy Williams, and follow that up with evidence that no money or any other form of payment has been given to them.

The same dynamics could have happened to Liberty Dispatch as did i-dineout when we questioned the press release the LCSO did about two large marijuana fields. We knew Shauberger was bragging that the Outsiders and Patterson felt like the news of two large seizures of pot all but ended any chance that Patterson would not be re-elected. As they celebrated we tossed out a very simple question: “why did the Sheriff arrest pot plants and fail to arrests pot growers?’ 

(Reference: Eddie Shauberger went to school with Allen Youngblood and is the main source of Intel for Liberty County related information given to“The Outsiders”)

After asking the above question that we were sure was on the minds of many of the citizens of Liberty County, we awaited for some kind of sensible response, something like i-dineout got, but without the ridiculous delay and stalling. Something like- “several arrests have been made and due to the possibility of more arrests, we are withholding the names.” But no arrests were made!

Even if arrest were made later, why wouldn’t Patterson have ‘initially’ set up surveillance and arrested some of the criminals when they came to the pot fields? What was the LCSO’s response? The Outsiders response was, “Who says that was Henry’s case?”

So, the press releases that were supposed to insure Patterson’s re-election were now reduced to “It may have been some other law enforcement agency that actually did the work”...?

As was said before, it is rare for us to empathize with i-dineout, but these Outsiders and associates are promoting Sheriff Patterson and their relationship to him and the LCSO should concern anyone who believes in open government. These people have unabashedly promoted themselves as our protectors as they have slung mud on private citizens and said they will replace all of the judges we elected 23 months ago.

Being Sheriff Patterson’s communication director is a difficult position, has its perks- a lot of breakfast fellowship and a huge vacuum you get to fill on your own. But it also has the tap dancing that comes when you just can’t say certain things.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

The sheriff and his little media moguls, green and Evans, have ticked off half of the law enforcement world around here by taking credit for solving crimes when citizens have turned in the criminal or when another agency has done everything.

Anonymous said...

Allen Youngblood or no Allen Youngblood, that press release has never been confirmed with evidence of arrsts at fourteen meth labs. I have not heard of that many cases coming through the courts. It is hard to believe but these people and Patterson seem to have enough nerve to even deceive us about their busts.

Anonymous said...

Patterson's a joke. It would take "Outsiders" .and insiders and all kinds of siders to straighten him out. Why bother?

Anonymous said...

If you are expecting Patterson to show checks indicating where money went, you are ot as smart as I thought you were. If the Fuddy guy and your Benedict Arnold are on the payroll, it would be easy to hide.

Anonymous said...

chatterbox say it might not be Henry's busts?

Anonymous said...

Shauberger is their intel source? He sure does spew the gossip - Hardin area gossip, Oak Island/Anahuac gossip, gossip about former friends, etc etc. I would hate to confide in him as a pastor.

Anonymous said...

Not to hate on Steve Green but he is no public relations man. Patterson needed his head examined for placing him there. And why doesn't he speak for himself more often?

Anonymous said...

Patterson must have a speech problem and a hearing problem, since he sees the news and refuses to listen to it or speak about it. What kind of Sheriff doesn't want to be in the public or speak to the public or the people that elected him to that office? This guy has got to go.

Anonymous said...

Why are you picking on Henry?

LD said...

"Best person for the job" policy outweighs what others might consider.

Anonymous said...

Patterson is like Obama. He can claim everything would be worse if he hadn't brought Eddie and Fuddy into the inner circle.

Anonymous said...

Has any one ever been able to sit with the sheriff at his office? Answer more likely no unless ur a friend or family and don't look for him past 3 because he can't be found if you try to see him its green evens or cooper who you get Patterson does not make decisions just like in cleveland he has a buffer so if he gets called to court again he can claim he had no clue maybe we should call him clueless Patterson

Anonymous said...

If you look at the sheriffs office everyday, or you can look at his house by 1PM he is usually pulling up to his driveway, go look and you can see it yourself.

Anonymous said...

system worked in the Harry Kelley case: hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. Doesn't want to see the slush fund either, as long as his cut arrives, and the checks don't bounce.

Anonymous said...

no, the "worst job" is the slush fund's expenditures/pilfering cover-up director!!!

Anonymous said...

I agree that Patterson needs to go,and i do wish that they would of caught some of the growers, but lets remember that these were both big operations and I have no doubt that they prob. saw it coming. I dont give a s*** what agency was out there first, they need to speak up if it was them and not the LCSO. I was so happy to see all those drugs go up in smoke and I think that Liberty Dispatch needs to stop using this story as a way to bash Patterson !! We are not stupid out here, we know he is not doing his job and we will get rid of him, give your readers some credit !!