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If the commissioners agree to this increase in salaries what will stop other elected officials from doing the same. No one gets a 20percent increase. there has to be some compelling reason to increase a persons salary that much. Turner has not done that. Turner already said that Zessin doesn't have the education and training to be the undersherriff, so why give her the salary of one? From what I've read, Freyer did alot of things for the sherriffs office. If that's true, then Turner should replace that position. If Turner doesn't fill that position, then who will do what the undersheriff does. Don't give someone more money to do a job that they're already doing. Maybe she has taken on a few more responsibilities, but those responsibilties are not law enforcement. The commissioners should recommend Turner fill the undersheriff position with someone qualified to do the job. There must be someone left in Turner's California circle of friends that wants to move to walla Walla.
Nope, it was Turner who lied or changed his mind (if you prefer a softer version of the truth). Read the whole story.
Letter highlights Sheriff's Office division
my apologies for not being clearer. Lepiane was more than a bookkeeper. She engaged in law enforcement work as well, including child interviews (victims of child abuse).
I afree Hersey, As office manager why would you call her out? Lepiane did more than books She also did child interviews and acted more like an undersheriff. Gramny is right too. We cant afford to increase salaries right now downhillracer did you know that Zessin worked for commissioner Johnson? Perhaps thats where the bias lays and not with the UB or the other commissioners
I agree with Barracuda - salaries are significantly higher and yes the more qualified the more $ you deserve. However, there are new office staff up front and Freyer has a personal asst named Abbey. But the beef is at the top with JT and the commissioners for allowing the budget to increase by even one penny.
I've attended the roundtables. These are just opportunities where Turner gets to bloviate about very little or it's just the same mantra over and over again. We are so tired of Turner and his spin on everything. We are tired of his need to spend spend and spend some more. Yes the uniforms are nice but did you need the dress uniforms too? That was thousands of dollars that wasn't needed. One dog okay, but two? The cost of training and overtime for these 2 deputies are extremely costly. And 3 command staff plus office appointees. That's over 100k in additional salary that Humphreys didn't ask for. The 24/7 coverage is also nice, even sounds good but listen to the traffic at the wee hours of the morning. It's dead. Walla Walla is a quiet town. The previous admin took care to place deputies in all the outlying areas so that response time, when needed, was there. There has been no incident in which someone lost a life or was injured in anyway due to the county not having coverage between 2 and 5 am on some nights. (If there were, Turner would have made sure we'd have heard about it by now) And that 24/7 coverage is costly, expecially when deputies aare on vacation and overtime is needed to cover the shift.
Many of us in our own families realize the need for budgeting and saving for those "nice to haves" Turner doesn't get that concept. He's an only child who's always had what he wanted. He has no children and a house paid for by his mother's trust fund. He just doesn't live in reality.
My questions to the UB
1) It seems like a one sided story with much too emphasis on Freyer. Was he the only administrative employee to not use vacation leave when he was allegedly on vacation?
2) Connected to question 1: If Freyer was the only admin employee to not use vacation leave, is that because he was the only admin to not work beyond the 40 hours? I think we all know that can't be true. But if it were true, then why didn't the story indicate the use of the other admin's use of leave?
3) If Turner is correct in that Freyer works beyond the 2080 hours, then verify it.
how do we know he's not on Facebook, administrators of pages aren't public
I appreciate the UB checking into this. Just because someone is found not guilty, or an allegation unfounded doesn't mean there isn't something wrong or dishonest. Does anyone remember Casey Anthony? But just so that I'm reading this correctly, the sheriff is saying that because command staff work overtime on a regular basis and aren't compensated for this in overtime (yet surely they receive a nice salary), command staff should be allowed to take a vacation and not submit a time slip for that time? Please correct me if I'm not reading this right. If this is true, then I would assume that command staff aren't accruing vacation leave that they then can cash out upon retirement or departure.
This doesn't sound like the letter was written from someone outside the office, unless Turner fed him these personnel issues. How would Donovan know that Cooper went hunting while injured, unless he went with him. How did he know that White "through people under the bus" during a riot at the fairground unless once again Donovan was present. Read other letters written by Donovan. This is not the same person. Probably a letter written by Turner and fed to Donovan for his signature. Oh and let's not give credit to Turner for the K-9s. That money was raised by the sheriff's foundation. But Turner is right about one thing. He did hold true to his promise to have quarterly meetings so that his friends and family could have somewhere to go once every 3 months.
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