Sheriff John Turner likes to hire his old friends, and putting them in the appointed positions lets him avoid the county’s normal hiring process.
First Ed Freyer and later John King. Both are old friends from California. Neither went through the normal hiring procedure.
Just bump someone down so he can open up an appointed position for an old friend. Seriously think about it.
Why would Barry Blackman ask for a demotion then turn around and run against Turner? Because that isn’t the way it happened.
Turner basically said, “I want to hire my old friend so you’re getting demoted.” King visited in September 2012, moved to Walla Walla and got appointed in early 2013. It may be legal, but it isn’t ethical.
I have watched in quiet disbelief as Mr. Turner’s lies have evolved over the last 1½ years, including his news releases regarding the demotion of Deputy Blackman.
The press really hates being lied to. Mr. Turner has no physical evidence to support his malicious claims at this time, but I am sure that is an oversight he will correct very shortly.
Just watch his website and read the paper.
But if you look at the personnel file on Sgt. Blackman, it is clean. Please look for yourself. He is above reproach, unless you listen to Turner.
Mr. Turner’s old friend Ed Freyer may be endorsing Turner, but he wrote a strong letter of recommendation for Barry Blackman. Which should carry more weight? Support for an old friend or for a recent colleague?
Mr. Turner claims there is no distention in his office, yet two of his people are running against him. One of them used to be a staunch supporter.
Both have seen the truth and are victims of his lies. The rest of his supporters can continue to be ostriches and keep their heads buried in the sand while he kicks their rears, cleans your pockets and blames someone else.
Or you can pull your heads out, open your eyes and actively seek the truth.
It’s called public disclosure. You should use it. Or are your minds already made up and you can’t be bothered by the facts that will reveal the truths.
And the truth shall set you free Mr. Turner. Free to go back to California. Please take your friends with you.