Thursday, November 22, 2012

We dont need no "new" stinking badges!

In January 2009 it only took a few days to find out newly elected Liberty County Sheriff Henry Patterson was not going to be the typical law and order conservative most rural counties hope to elect.
  
Two of Patterson’s early decisions showed he was unsympathetic to many of the voters who were looking for someone who would help tighten the budgetary belt and remake the image of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office.  Patterson began developing a far worse legacy from the get go.

One of the new Sheriff’s first moves was to insist on scrapping the badges being worn by a department made up of over forty law enforcement personnel.  That may seem like a small thing but at a cost of approximately $80 a badge, Patterson managed to create over $3000 in unanticipated and unnecessary expense because the badges looked like DPS badges.  He also refused to try and recover any of the taxpayers’ money by denying his folks the opportunity of buying their old badges.

More than a few would have paid $25 to $40 and kept their old badges and the county could have at least recovered from some of Patterson’s makeover shopping spree.  Patterson’s also expanded his “style” campaign by throwing money at a re-branding effort that stuck a new Liberty County Sheriff’s Office stickers on just about anything that stood still long enough to aim a peel and stick at.

Another of Patterson’s initial moves was to hire a much traveled lawyer to serve in his small group that was considered “leadership”.  It signaled to some that Patterson was eager to fulfill his campaign promise to clean up the department and the county government.  And it could have been a good move.  But hiring local lawyer Steve Green was far from being good for the county. Patterson, and any other sheriff in Texas, did not have to have a lawyer to wade through the tricky laws that are involved in firing employees.  When Patterson took office he had a free hand to hire and fire anyone.
 
What Patterson and Liberty County got when Steve Green was hired was someone that had come from the Liberty County D.A.’s office to the Chambers County D.A.’s office to the Harris County’s County Attorney Office… all in a short period of time.  He was just as unimpressive and popular in each of these places.  Rather than fulfill his campaign promise to clean up whatever he thought was the problem on day one, Patterson hired a piss-ant bean counting lawyer that had less experience on the streets than possibly any of the people he became the judge and jury over.

Green helped Patterson drive the morale in the Sheriff’s office straight into the ground as lawmen that had never been in trouble one day in their careers began to worry as Captain Knit Picker entered his career in the LCSO with a regulation busting beard and a sharp eye he used to aim his write-ups at anyone he wanted to coerce.  So Liberty County got a high priced rookie who made the atmosphere among the forty or so deputies stink.  And he also kept whatever problems Patterson was referring to in his campaign and risked lawsuits by what seemed like some kind of continuing, never ending internal affairs investigations being run by a very green Steve Green.

January of 2013 is a much rosier looking picture for those who know Bobby Rader. Rader will be a great boss for those who act like professionals and do a good job for Liberty County’s citizens.  The politics and the pettiness and the good ole boy images of past administrations should all consider themselves on notice.  Jobs will be secure for those who are there to give a good days “professional” work.  Training will be more available.  Men and women who risk their lives to protect the communities in Liberty County will hear a great deal more encouragement and a whole lot less as the “gotcha” attitude will be replaced by professionalism.

As for the badges, you can bet Sheriff Rader will be using his budget to make us proud of those who wear a Liberty County badge rather than blowing it on someone’s idea of style points.  Rader has some real good people to work with and some people that need to go find another profession right away. You can bet he will hit the ground running to clean up the Green and Patterson mess.  No more peel and stick cover ups, just a roll up his sleeves and work hard sheriff- Finally…

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good Luck Bobby Rader. I know you will do a better job than our previous Sheriff. I myself could have done a better job than Patterson.

Anonymous said...

we are hoping the new sheriff goes back to hireing local people that have an interest in our county. there were several that patterson fired that i know worked hard to help. as a matter a couple of them still help you without question and they dont even work here. sheriff radar i want officers that live here, have families here, have roots here, officers that understand the area and the people.

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah! How about that sorry excuse of a prick Tim Allison getting rejected for his $50,000.00 request for video equipment! What a Drufus! Go back to the Democrap party, Timmy-Boy.

Anonymous said...

The last couple of sheriffs have both had their issues. I am excited about new leadership that will model what law enforcement should be.

Anonymous said...

Steve Greene and his buddies are pink slime.

Anonymous said...

If Rader is smart he will bounce Steve Greenes fat ars out of the LCSO as fast as he can. I say bring Greg back in to help and boot Greenes fat ars.

Anonymous said...

Heck Bobby has more than just those to worry about. What about the Alexanders??? They are part LC's armpit & with a little real investigating, not just some hog wash paper shuffling it would all be brought out. Sheriff Radar, don't turn your back on those two.

Anonymous said...

2013. The year Rader entered the picture ... the year real change BEGAN.

Anonymous said...

The Alexander's are most likely minding their Ps and Qs big time. Especially after they went all in with Guthrie and Cruzan who both got tromped in Harris county.

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile, Steve Greene takes leave from the LCSO to pursue raising Jackarses.