Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The Great Debate

Are we now finished with the debates for the 3rd District? I hope not. We've offered another chance for Boswell and Lamberti to go head-to-head on our "Insiders" show Sunday, October 15th (Seen Sundays here at WHO-TV at 6:30am and 10:15am--That's for you, Boss)
Lamberti's people said, yes, to the offer. Boswell's peeps said, no.
So who won last night? I bounced that question off as many of my independent-minded friends and co-workers as I could throughout the day. Most seemed to think Lamberti may have faired a little better. They thought he was assertive, but not too much. Although, some told me Boswell did show some fight in him at times. Some complained Boswell's answers seemed to wander at times.
The biggest complaint was Iraq. A new NBC poll said the war in Iraq is the number one topic on voters' minds for November. But the debate offered little to show any differences between the two men on that issue. Good luck, voters.

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Retired Randy said...

Politics aside, I think we have larger problem much closer to home. That of our current missing-in-action Sheriff. Missing as in - where is he most of the time? And speaking of missing - where is the Chief of Patrol most days now?

Of course everyone knows they are ex-brother-in-laws. You knew that, right? YOU DIDN'T!!!

Well then you also know how both of these two men, or should I say, "good-ol'-boys" have been absent quite a bit building two new homes at Polk County's expense. You didn't know that either? Come on, where have you been?!!

Yes, it's true, Dennis Anderson has been pretty much MIA while building his new home in Chariton and Joe Johnston (current Patrol Chief) worked approximately one or two days a week while the rest of the time he stayed home, well at least at his new home, in Osceola, building and finishing it.

It's too obvious that since Johnston reported directly to the Sheriff, which is absolutely out of line with any policy at the Sheriff;s Office or on the books, that the Sheriff covered for Johnston while BOTH built thir new homes.

And, did the currect Chief Deputy step forward, as he should have, and say something, ANYTHING, so the citizens of Polk County would have the representation and work from their Sheriff's Office for the taxes they pay? NOPE!!

I truely believe someone needs to do SOMETHING about these inequities before the Sheriff steps down and names his "good-ol'-boy" successor, don't you?

And don't think for one minute that if the Supervisors of Polk County pick a successor, that it was their choice. That's why they call it "good-ol'-boy" politics, because no matter how you look at it, you just don't get what you pay for and the status quo continues.

PLEASE, I want to hear from those folks like me, that believe we need to change this for the better.

Joan said...

If ther was a candidate out there in either party that would tell the truth...we screwed up going to Iraq and things need to change...I would vote for him or her immediately. If you keep doing the same thing you will get the same result and not making changes is a crime. Shame on both Democrats and Republicans for allowing this mess.

Randy Cross said...

I am the only "Randy" retired from the Polk County County Sheriff's Office and I did not provide the information. The information is not true and obviously malicious. If the information were true then I am sure the writer would have given his or her name and not "used" me.

Anonymous said...

That information is true. Whoever provided it is right. Supporting the "good old" boys Randy?
Dennis is using his sons' address in Polk Co. Don't lie! Dennis is gone in Feb. Lets get rid of these 90K chiefs that need to retire, one of them has a whole building to himself.

Anonymous said...

The information is true and Randy Cross you know as well as all current and former employees of the Sheriff's office that if Retired Randy used his or her real name the Sheriff's office would retaliate against them.

Retaliation by the administration is just 1 of the many problems Polk County has. The Sheriff's office allows its good old boys to get away with doing things that would cost the average employee his or her job. How do they treat good old boys? They promote them and give them the better duties. One example I am sure you know very well Randy Cross is a female Seargant that cost the county taxpayers a large amount of money in a retaliation lawsuit a few years ago. She is an acting Captain now.

Its a flat out lie and you know it saying that Retired Randy made that up because of a false name. That person doesnt want to become a target of the Sheriff's top brass just like I dont want to be so I am posting anonymous.

Anonymous said...

I DIDN'T KNOW THEY WERE RELATED!! HOWEVER, I AGREE WITH EVERYTHING THAT HAS BEEN SAID. IT IS TIME TO STOP THIS CRAZINESS IN THE PCSO. I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS...I HAVE NEVER SEEN THE MORAL AS LOW AS IT IS RIGHT NOW...THE PUBLIC HAS TO BE MADE AWARE OF IT BEFORE WE CONTINUE WITH THE GOOD OLD' BOY'S RUNNING THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND DESTROYING IT. WE THINK IT CAN'T GET WORSE...WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW, AND I'M SURE IT WILL!!!!!!!!! ALSO...ANONYMOUS

Anonymous said...

Wow! What kind of corruptions and cover-ups go on in the PCSO? I also wonder WHERE IS THE SHERIFF??
After reading the article in today's Register (Sunday) it sounds that the "tow lot scandal" is administrations "drop of the ball" and not the deputies! How nice of Chief Vaughn to want to "fix" the problem.. now!!
Dont you think you should have done that before you had two deputies, charged, arrested and put on leave for your lack of leadership??
SHAME ON THE PCSO Administration!!

Anonymous said...

Those of us who do work for the sheriffs office know that there are those who are the good-ol'-boys and most of them are on their way out due to the upcoming retirements. That does not excuse for the past, present of future mistakes that will haunt us for a long time. All of us know that the retirements are a positive thing. And yes, a cheif being in charge of a building is horrible but then again there is a family member being taken care of. Not all of us as line staff or in supervisory positions are happy with alot of the things that have gone unnoticed, ignored or unpunished. It is very hard to keep moral up with so much negative going on. But, just like any large orgainization it is who you know, who you slept with, how good your golf game is or what secrets you have on your fellow co-workers that give you the advantage. For those of you outside the sheriffs office reading all these comments please remember there are alot of wonderful, hardworking, respectable and positve employees that show up to work everyday and do a great job for the public. Please do not lump all of us together.

Anonymous said...

i 100% agree with everything these anonymous writers are saying. randy cross is a lier. kathy mcdole was the wrong person to dump this on. i can think of two prime canidates, joe simon ring a bell denny.

Anonymous said...

If you thought Dallas County Had problems look in to the PCSO dictionary under "real corruption"

Anonymous said...

Denny, lets talk about all the sexual harassment claims that you have covered up for all of your good ol' boys.

I too am posting Anonymous

Anonymous said...

Sgt.Simon I am sure by now you are a little worried about your name being dropped on this blog. GOOD!!! YOU SHOULD BE!! I am sure you are on the phone with your raquetball buddy Cheif Vaughn talking about how he is going to cover for you, AGAIN. Only time will tell how well the "good ol' boy system" will work for you.

Anonymous said...

I love free and true speech.
GOd bless America

Anonymous said...

When you deputies took your positions who did you sign up to protect and serve?!? Us(the public) or Denny Anderson and his "Boys"?!?

If your not part of the solution you are part of the problem.

Anonymous said...

A couple of posts up Anonymous makes reference to Sgt Joe Simon being a prime candidate for less than ethical activities that are being swept under the rug by the "Good 'ol Boys" network. I am curious as to which incident my fellow Anonymous user is referring to.

Is it the one where Sgt Joe Simon had a friend who happened to be out having a merry time drinking and driving in his Pickup when he smacked into a motorcyclist on NE 56th just south of Altoona, killing the poor guy on the bike in the process? And what does Joe do when he gets on scene, he cools his buddy’s heels in the back of his patrol car while Joe “investigates” the accident for a few hours, and it isn’t until after Sgt Joe has transported his tipsy friend away from the crime scene that he actually administers the proper tests to determine blood alcohol levels. All of the witnesses on scene were of course flabbergasted by this because the guy was so sloshed but Joe’s friend easily passed the tests by the time they were administered of course, so that what should have been a homicide, a felony, was instead manslaughter, a misdemeanor. This of course is completely against Sheriff’s Office policy, and ya know this little thing that the rest of us like to call ethics, but “we don’t wanna ruin Little Joe’s career”. After all who else would play golf and racquetball with Chief Bill Vaughn?

Or would it be the one where Sgt Joe Simon had another friend, of the female persuasion this time, who was arrested for domestic assault for clobbering her estranged husband. The next day Sgt Joe like a knight in tarnished armor, rides to her rescue, lies to the county attorney’s office to get her charges dropped, orders a female guard at the jail who was working when his friend was booked to write a false report saying how badly injured his friend was, even though booking photos don’t show this to be true, and then on the basis of these “injuries” orders another deputy to go out and arrest his friend’s estranged husband for the domestic assault she was initially booked on. The county attorney found out and was pissed but otherwise didn’t do much because Sheriff Denny Anderson and Chief Bill Vaughn themselves assured Mr. Sarcone that it would be taken care of. And taken care of Joe was, he was back to work after the “Investigation”, no administrative leave of course, just an “Investigation” with no discipline. Again against Sheriff’s Office policy and that wacky little thing the rest of us like to call ethics but remember “we don’t wanna ruin Little Joe’s career”. After all Chief Vaughn needs his golf and racquetball partner to be gainfully employed in order to afford green and court fees.

Or is it simply the fact that like Monty Hall, Sgt Joe Simon could make a deal too when it came to the cars coming from the Auctions at R&R Towing.

I could go on but I’m getting kind of long winded here as it is, maybe I’ll post again, but whom should I talk about next time, maybe Detective Greg Funaro, or maybe Sgt Mike Ramey, hell maybe both of ‘em, or should I talk about the others?

I dunno, Denny any thoughts? Hmmmm? Denny?

Anonymous said...

I am so proud of all of you that are finally stepping forward and telling the "real" truth about the most corrupt Sheriff's Office this side of Cook County. I too, wish I could identify myself, however, retaliation is the name of the game here at the PCSO, and I am fortunately not one of the good ole boys.

Keep up the good work!! And keep speading the word!!

Anonymous said...

The name of the game is we all have to stick together...that is the only way anything can get done to show our displeasure with the current administration! For once we are all doing that!!!

Anonymous said...

Regarding the Tow Scandal,

Chief Vaughn stated in the Oct.05,2006 register that the vehicles were picked up & sold at auction.

Then please tell me how today Oct17,2006 I can drive by R&R Towing and see these vehicles on the north fence.

Who is redirecting who Chief Vaughn?

I challenge the people of Polk County to drive by R&R Towing and let's she whose giving the public FALSE INFORMATION????

Anonymous said...

To all the other women of PCSO; all you need to do to get a promotion around here is have an affair with the sheriff and file sexual harassment charges on a fellow employee (make sure it isn't one of the good ol' boys). You will become a Captain in no time flat!

M. Cole said...

I'm so confused. Who's blaming who? Every single one of you using Anonymous as your name is no better than the people you are "tattle-telling" on. As far as I know, you are telling your stories to get someone in trouble so you can benefit. Whether it be a promotion or get rid of someone you don't like, etc...If you really wanted to get something done - you'd stand up and say I'm tired of this bulls**t! I'm not afraid of you knowing who I am. Hell, all the people who are reading this would now know. You'd gain my respect and that of a lot of concerned citizens. Nothing worse than knowing the truth and lying about it. You swear an oath to uphold the law. When you conveniently leave out the truth, you're no better than the next. Don't try and fool yourself or me for that matter. I live in the real world. People are never perfect and people will always be trying to cover their butts. It's human nature. The system of "good 'ol boys" goes on everywhere. Its not just in the Sheriff's Office, lets be real. We all know it. If you're not a part of it, you're jealous. If you are a part, you reap the benefits. Isn't that what all of you calling yourselves "Anonymous" really want? To be part of the "IN" crowd? If I'm wrong, prove it. Unmask yourself and reveal your true identity.

Anonymous said...

We have to be anonymous, if not there will be a price to pay. We are trying to put this out in the open so the public can see how things are.
If only the medial would take this and run. A investigation would turn up a lot.

yes...anyonymous

Spartacus said...

Or perhaps M. Cole most PCSO employees are merely sick of working in a corrupt environment. Ya see like anonymous said a few posts previous, most employees of this agency are in fact dedicated, hard working and thoroughly ethical people that are wholeheartedly sickened by what they have seen, and I for one am proud to stand beside most of them. Pretty much everything that I have read is quite true and very full of proof, and while it’s a nice notion to be able to “prove” to you that what previous posters have said is true, to think that it could be done over a weblog is more than a little silly on your part and would be more than a little stupid on their part. What can be done however is for more details to come out about other acts; times, places, and dates things that are independently verifiable that possibly the media or an outside agency could get a hold of and investigate. You see the reason why they remain anonymous as they have said, is one simple word; retaliation, for merely posting here and airing this corruption the “good-ol-boys” are looking to retaliate (Ask Deb Brooks what retaliation looks like for snitching on the “good-ol-boys” if you don’t believe me, her case is still a matter of public record last time I checked.) in fact, detectives loyal to the “good-ol-boys” are rumored to be, now, as we speak, pulling computer towers to forensically search them. Now, while were at it I know for a fact that these brave men and women who are speaking out anonymously risk themselves every day, however, you M. Cole, I am not so sure about, so please, pretty please, with sugar on top, grant them a little leeway if they don’t wish to risk their families futures like they do their own lives because you call them out playground style. I suggest that until you actually know of which you speak, perhaps you should let people vent about what they have lived with for years, instead of trying to obfuscate the issue. To be fair, you are correct in stating that there is a time and a place to give your name publicly (depositions leap to mind) but only after the lights are turned on and full public scrutiny is given to this whole affair. Here however is not the place. Yet, since you wanted a name, and in the tradition of our founding fathers who were, I assure you no shrinking violets, (Look up the name Richard Saunders if you're still confused dear.) I shall simply be,

Spartacus

Anonymous said...

Its easy for you to say that M Cole, your not risking your career by posting your name. Any member of the Sheriff's office that posts information that is negetive towards Chief Vaughn or his cronies will suffer for it. But your on the outside looking in so you wouldnt understand that.

Anonymous said...

No M. COle I don't want to be part of the "IN" crowd, because the "IN" crowd is the most corrupt people you will ever come in contact with. The only thing that seperates the "IN" crowd from a criminal is the fact that they have a badge on their chest. I think you know what i am talking about Greg Funaro. I will do you a favor M.Cole, you shall know me simply as,

Rocko

Anonymous said...

To M. Cole you just screwed the Cole that works for PCSO. And if you dont know him you screwed him anyways for posting that name. ummm kay!

Midget

Anonymous said...

Former employee M6436 just wanted to say dont forget about Cheif Shultz.

Get some!!

Anonymous said...

I think that maybe those not happy with their jobs at the PCSO should either get out of it or go as high as possible and get something done. I know there are great people that are working there and they do try to clean up corruption when presented, but if it is not presented how can it be cleaned up? I realize that people like to jump on the bandwagon and start mudslinging when something negative comes up, but it is time to grow up and be responsible.

Anonymous said...

The reason that people are not happy with their jobs is the fact that management doesn't do their jobs. I know people that have gone directly to the Sheriff about things that are wrong and he doesn't do anything about it. You are right anonymous writer it is time to grow up and be responsible, it is time for the Sheriff to take responsiblity for his actions, or should I say lack of action, because he doesn't want to "ruin their careers."

Rocko

Anonymous said...

A lot of these comments, if not all are true. Those who have posted will be retaliated against I am sure.
John Blogger

M. Cole said...

Well, I know extremely personally one of your very dedicated and hard working employees. I won't give his name, because this was written by me not him. He need not "pay the price" as you all talk about. My point was only that noone knows if Anonymous is simply a grudge holding a**, or someone who got in trouble for something that the "good 'ol boys" wouldn't have. I don't like to spread rumors and quite honestly that's all that is on here. So SPARTACUS, I know what its like to be on their side. I call them out because they are only brave enough to tell their stories while nobody knows who they are. They are probably the same people who go to work and smile at Joe Simon, etc everday and then turn around here and try and make something of it. That's called being two-faced, backstabbing, or anything else that comes to mind. Hypocritical -there you go. If you don't like what you see, talk to the Sheriff. If you don't like what he says, talk to the Board of Supervisors. If you're still not happy, keep going up the line. Hell, call the register and leave an anonymous tip. But you have to do these things when they occur, not just when you feel like it. These Deputies are supposed to have each others back. The way I'm reading everything, I'm not so sure that's how it is. Scary is a good description.
To Midget, I'm sorry that my name is M. Cole. You can blame my parents for that one. I wasn't trying to screw anybody so get off your high horse.
Please everyone, you all have so much time to write here and get all pissed off, yet you didn't do anything when any of you first encountered it. Like I said before, everyone answers to someone.

Big Brother said...

as a former employee of the PCSO, i totally applaud what is being said and im glad that former and present employees have a forum to bring up these valid issues!!!! unless you have actually worked there you dont understand the situation these D.O's and deputies are working in!!! The supervisory staff sucks (a few good, but rare), they never give praise to the line staff who are putting up with over crowding and constant harassment from the inmates (and supervisors).
The Sheriff NEVER comes down to the jail to visit the staff or offer praise to them for hard work and constant overtime demands!!!

Neil Schultz..hes great at putting up a front for the media but he wont step up to help the lil guy (deputie or DO)...and wont do anything to cross his friend the sheriff!!!!!!!!

Lt Brooks (female)..embarrassed the hell out of the Sheriffs office with her actions against Charleston!!!! where was the sheriff then? he should of pulled her aside and said enough is enough...this is not the time to air dirty laundry in the media!!!!

Shoemaker (female).... the Biggest retaliator of them all... from Deb Brooks to Tracy F to a deputy now on admin leave.... she has the worst employee communications skills ever...and she use to teach inter-personal skills!!!!! also cost the county some big bucks a few times!!!!

Shoemaker (male) ran radar on his own troops...HOW SAD!!!!!!!!

Phillips..a nobody who really wants to be somebody!!!! plus his daddy was important..i guess!!

Joe Johnston....the most over paid/ under worked individual in the PCSO!!! YES he only works about 4 hrs a week and get paid full time..somebody should really look into this!!!!

Brenamen (ret)..got about 3 chances to many...him and female Shoemaker!!!

Altes(sgt)..oh my GOD!!!! he was terrible as a DO...worse as a regular deputy..buts gets rewarded over better candidates because he help put a computer system in..WOW!!!!!!!!

In any other work place sexual harrassment is a "no tolerance" rule, but at the sheriffs office you get moved into the transport office or some other office job with weekends off!!!!

I feel you guys and i totally understand your frustration down there..... dont let these other haters get you down!!!!!

Just so you know there M Cole..you CANNOT just bring up your issues down there without being retaliated against..it dont work that way there..just because you have a friend that works for the sheriffs office doesnt make you an expert!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Listen here M.Cole you are stupid. Your sitting and complaining that people are signing their posts anonymous yet you are saying call the register and leave aa "anonymous tip." I don't think you are listening to what you are saying. May be before you leave a post next time you will think before you type. Also if you think the sheriffs office is so great why don't you apply and come see things for yourself. Until then shut your mouth unless you know what you are talking about.
To big brother-ditto.
Rocko

Anonymous said...

To M. Cole just because it was you that posted the comment and not the person you personally know, you still screwed him. So maybe you shouldn say anything else. Also, just because you didn't say the person's first name looks to me like you share the same last name. I would encourage you to stop posting comments unless you post anonymous, so that person you do know and love won't be made a target. I will have to agree with Rocko, you sound extremely hypocritical when you whine about people leaving posts anonynously but you want PCSO employees to call the Register and leave anonymous tips. Whats up with that? To everyone else that works for the sheriffs Office correct me if I am wrong but haven't people gone to the register before and our sheriff has swept things under the rug? I think that has happened. To Big Brother I wished you would have signed your name because i would like to know who you are, because you speak the truth, but I understand. Come on people Big Brother is a former employee and yet he/she is still afraid of what the sheriffs office will do to them.I think that says alot. To Kathy Mcdole we are all pulling for you, you have done up and beyond what your position calls for. The sheriffs office should be giving you a medal and doing everything within their power to help you. To all my other fellow PCSO brothers and sisters keep fighting the good fight. I wish I could sign my name to this but I too am gear retaliation, so I will simply sign
Anonymous

M. Cole said...

WOW! At least you all can read. To Rocko - I said to give an "anonymous" tip because that's all you guys want to do anyhow. For once, I was actually agreeing, yet you still get pissy. As for applying at the Sheriff's Office, no need. I have a wonderful and fulfilling job right now. The pay isn't the greatest, but I'm my own boss! So that counts for something. Lets see - what's that saying - Damned if you do, damned if you don't. I guess that fits all of you. FYI - I do NOT share the same last name as the person I'm very personal with. We talk about his work. He really enjoys it and I'm glad. I'm also glad that there are a few of you who can see the bigger picture. Ever since I wrote my first blog, there's been a lot less trash talking about everyone else and a lot more talking about you guys as a group. You got a little rude towards me, but that comes with the territory. It makes me feel more reassured that as a group you guys stand strong. Everyone is proud to be a part of what you are. That's Awesome!! It doesn't matter what I say, you'll still find a reason to disagree, but isn't that the whole point? That's why I even wrote anything in the first place. I wanted to see how you guys really feel. I know exactly what I write and why I write it. I know exactly what you are talking about because my significant other talks to me. I write for both of us. He also would not want to give his name, but I don't feel the wrath of the Sheriff's Office, so I can. My opinion is not any better than yours, just different. Of course everyone wants to be right, and technically we ALL are. I just don't want this to keep festering with you all. Keep letting it out, keep calling yourselves anonymous. You are all obviously doing a good job because you actually care. It's the person with nothing to lose that you have to fear the most. (such as Sheriff Anderson) The Sheriff and other Brass could definitely learn a lesson or two by looking at all of you. Thanks for all the thoughts and insults you all keep coming up with. I don't take them personally, you're just pissed. I questioned you and you took offense and I can relate completely. I haven't gone soft, but I've come to the understanding of why you can't/won't leave your names. I just needed you guys to explain it better. Hopefully I have explained myself better to you too!

Kerry said...

I would have to say that EVERYONE that has written in this particular blog, well, except for #2 (I'm going by the blogger entries), and maybe one more, though I can't tell for sure, knows exactly who Kerry is. Hi guys! OK, gals, too. I'm doing fine, and I see you're staying the course the best you can under the circumstances under which I, too, had to work under.

For those on the outside, I'm retired, the same as #3, though I was not part of the good old boys network like #3 was. It also means I can qualify or disqualify MANY of the above, shall we say, concerns. That's a nice way to put it, isn't it? Concerns. If it were part of an investigation, then it would be allegations, half-truths, lies, innuendo, etc. Of course, until it was proven true, and then people would say, "I had no idea it was that bad", or "it's about time they cleaned that place out".

Let's qualify one more thing too, OK? I said, "...had to work under". Not many people understand what that means when they are on the outside looking in and saying things like, i.e.;

"When you deputies took your positions who did you sign up to protect and serve?!? Us(the public) or Denny Anderson and his "Boys"?!?

If your not part of the solution you are part of the problem."

Isn't it wonderful to sit behind a computer keyboard and spout nonsense like that? If their job was on the line, if their welfare was on the line, if their PAYCHECKS were on the line, when it means the difference between having your children eat or go hungry, do you really want us all to believe they would stand up, take a huge monstrous breath of air and "blow the big whistle"? I don't think so, either. Not unless it was official, not unless someone like a State's Attorney is asking the questions, then yes, they would tell the truth. Well, some of them would tell the truth. And everyone knows who I'm talking about, right Randy? Right, Joe? Right, Dennis?

So, let's get to it, shall we.

#1 - Absolutely true. Johnston wouldn't show up for days at a time. I specifically had trouble with Johnston and when I asked MY Chief (#3), he would shrug his shoulders and say that Johnston reports to the sheriff, and that he no longer had anything to do with him. Johnston even told the people under him that he was working on his new house. How brazen is that?

#2 - obviously responding to the article by Price

#3 says "...information is not true and obviously malicious." Oh my, I wonder why he is feeling so guilty that he would have to "jump" and defend himself when his name isn't even mentioned ANYWHERE in the above #1's statement. "Retired Randy" could be like John Wayne. Everyone knows who John Wayne is. But, does everyone know who Marrion Francis Morrison was? I would hazard to guess that 98% of the population doesn't know. Or, it could be a family member that is retired and named Randy, or simply someone named Randy that is retired that has an "in" at the sheriff's office and KNOWS what is happening. Quaking in your boots #3? You ought to be!!

#4 - is 100% correct.

#5 - I can't qualify the "acting captain scenario", but they are essential correct also.

#6 - true. I also 100% qualify their assessment of the moral in the sheriff's office. It's gone to hell in a hand basket, and it's all due to the "good old boys" network.

#7 - an outsider looking in. But, they are 100% correct.

#8 - I'm not sure what "but then again there is a family member being taken care of" means, but the rest of the statement is 100% correct.

#9 - Kathy was most likely following orders when she did whatever she did. Kathy was hard working, for the most part, and tried to do the right thing. And I'm sure she wouldn't do something that hadn't been done before, or that she had heard about before and thought it was all right to do it because she saw others do the same thing.

I don't know about "i can think of two prime canidates, joe simon ring a bell denny", so I can't qualify or disqualify this part of the entry. Though it would have been nice if they mentioned the 2nd person they wrote about.

I would only say this, tell the truth Kathy. Get it in depositions; get it on something that is legal. Then hopefully the State will take it from there.

NOTE - But, speaking of cars and motorcycles, it certainly wouldn't be hard to find out who NOW owns a previous vehicle that was assigned to the sheriff's office. It's called an "off-line search". Quite simply, the state runs a special program to search DOT files for "Polk County Sheriff's Office" on ALL vehicles registered in their database. The program is set to identify PCSO as the "previous" owner and then it's a matter of looking to see who NOW owns the vehicle. It can also be set to simply identify Polk County as the previous owner and then use Polk County files (not sheriff's office files) to see which vehicle was assigned to the sheriff's office. And, I also heard, from an inside source, that many files are simply missing or have been destroyed. The sheriff's office has a list of each and every piece of paper it handles and how long those pieces of paper are to be saved, archived, or NOT destroyed for certain lengths of time. Each document has it's own time frame. So, there shouldn't be ANY destroyed files.

#10 - nuff' said.

#11 - neither qualified nor disqualified.

#12 - Interesting. A Chief Deputy playing ball with a Sgt. Sounds OK. BUT, if you knew the basic "rules" under which all supervisors are drilled with, then you would certainly question this. All supervisors are drilled with "you no longer have friends under you", "you don't say anything to people under you", and “you don't go out with or fraternize with people under you". So, if this is true, then Chief Vaughn is not playing by his own rules. Let's see, not playing buy your own rules, what's that called?

#13 - Here, here!

#14 - already addressed.

#15 - get a hold of me. THIS needs to be passed on to someone that CAN do something to see this is taken care of and I'm not afraid to pass it on or contact the right people.

#16 - not in the "good old boy" network

#17 - not in the "good old boy" network

#18 - I can't qualify this, but I can see the new owners leaving the cars where they were and then making arrangements to pick them up at a later time. BUT, if the cars WERE at an auction at a different address other than at R&R, then...............

#19 - sorry, I can't qualify this

#20 - Well, if m. cole really does work at the sheriff's office, he/she is certainly telling the world (in the words of Sgt Shultz) "I knooooow noooooo-thing!" But, I doubt he/she works there. Why do I doubt this? Because I'm sure he/she has bills to pay just like the rest of us and it would be really stupid to stand up and say, "here's my paycheck - please take it and put a match to it".

#21 - 100% true. But, I'm sure the media won't pick it up because it is simply Polk County Politics as usual.

#22 - very well said

#23 - this seems to be qualified by all the other posts....

#24 - I can't qualify anything about Greg Funaro, but I can relate to the writer's attitude and obvious mis-trust of the "administration" of the sheriff's office.

#25 - we'll leave this one alone

#26 - Interesting that this name comes up. Without going into detail, it was because of this name that I almost lost everything I had worked for for 26 yrs at the time it happened. The "good old boys" wanted my ass, and it was because of a Captain named Doug that they didn't get it. Thank you Doug. But, it will be SO nice when Shultz does retire.

#27 - Hahahahahaha....... "...go as high as possible"? What the hell do you think the Sheriff is, number 32? He IS #1 and this is still going on, and he's a part of it. "911, what's your emergency?" "yes, I'm calling to see if someone can send a doctor, #27 needs to get their head screwed back on!!!"

#28 - Thanks Rocko, you've just qualified my qualifying statement.

#29 - Yes, if the "good old boys" do find out any of these have come from an employee of the sheriff's office; there WILL be hell to pay.

#30 - m. cole, looks like your taking a beating, so you ought to hang up your gloves and you might want to call the register and leave an anonymous tip, hahahaha

#31 - obviously telling it like it is

#32 - holding his/her own

#33 - can't call #33 a liar

So, there you have it. Most of the above statements ARE true to the best of my knowledge. Put me on the stand and I'll be more than happy to testify.

I want the Sheriff's Office to be a good place to work. Having a good place to work is all the better when you really need help. I would ask all the citizens of Polk County this question, "Wouldn't you rather have a deputy show up and be helpful when needed, or would you like to have some one show up that is disgruntled with low self esteem, and crippled by low moral in your time of need, and is only there because they have another 2 hours left on their shift?"

Let me also say this, the current administration has lost 3 nationally recognized Accredited Awards since Dennis Anderson took over as sheriff. The Sheriff's Office had an accredited patrol division, no longer. The Sheriff's Office had an accredited Health Team at the jail, no longer. The Polk County Jail was the 9th jail in the nation to become accredited under Sheriff Rice, but no longer. Their certificate "says" the jail is in good standing, but they haven't done anything since I left to keep it up. Three (3) nationally recognized accreditations down the toilet under Sheriff Anderson. Now THAT'S a legacy!!!!! Way to go Dennis, I'm sorry I voted for you. And if I had my way, the Sheriff's office would once again be the respected agency it once was.

So, State's Attorneys, ask around and come see old Kerry and ask him some questions. You'll get the truth. Let's get the jackal out of the hen house, shall we!!

Kerry

* I'm quite sure that all of my comments are correctly matched to the blog's posters, but if not, any mistakes are completely unintentional.

Anonymous said...

Apology accepted M. Cole, now folks lets move on to the real issues here, get your stories out there people. Let’s avoid these side distractions. Remember to put verifiable places, names and dates. Make it Joe Friday style just the facts, those are bad enough on thier own, avoid editorial comments if possible. But to add my own editorial comment, let’s shed some light on these cockroaches.

No, I'm Spartacus

Anonymous said...

Lets not forget Sgt. Tara Cook and how many shifts she has destroyed because she is a psycho and part of the good ol' boy network. How many complaints have been filed because of this Sgt? What about the gun she pulled on a dispatcher, and challenged the same dispatcher to a fight? what about clearing out the entire communication center with her chemical deterrent? What happened in these situations you ask. Sgt. Cook went to the day shift and received weekends off.

Anonymous said...

You wanna talk about Sgt. Cook? How about the fact that she is currently sexually involved with an inferior employee? She talks a good game about sisterhood and rejecting sexual harassment but she is the worst one. You don't dare cross her or she will get you or have Lt. Brooks get you ask Sgt. Charleston how that worls. As a female I am so grossed out, but for some reason the Sheriff wont do anything about her.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for getting back on track!
You do like previous writer said... Names, Dates,etc.
I promise it will get to where it needs to go.
I also have lots to loose so I will also be.... anonymous

Anonymous said...

I think if you are going to make specific comments about people and their personal lives (which I might add are none of your business) you should get all of your facts straight! I am sure that all of you complaining have done things in the past that have been immoral or professionally unethical. Maybe you should think about that before you go making up and blowing up stories that you have heard about people. I agree with the person that asked all you complainers not to group everyone together becasuse everyone is different. Also there are some very good and hard working people at the sheriff's office. I also wonder that if things are so bad, then why do you stay? There are tons of jobs out there. I also wonder why then at staff meeting do you not say anything, but rather sit at home behind a computer, like a coward, and vent all your frusterations. If you would have just spoke up and stuck with your beliefs things might not have gone unnoticed and thus the problems would not have continued. It is when you sit back and say nothing that things get swept under the table and continue to until it breaks. Shame on you for not voicing your opinion sooner. You say that voicing your opinion will not get you anywhere because you are not a good ol boy, but I think that is crap. Stand up for what you think is right and have a good reason and somewhere along the line someone is bound to listen and you will gain more respect. To tell you all the truth, I read all of this and think it is funny. I am curious, do all of you call yourselves mature adults? After reading all this I think you should look in the mirror because you all sound like a bunch of 1st graders who got their lunch money taken from them. If you truely want to stick together to get things accomplished, attacking one another will not accomplish that, but rather further tear things apart and then you will be working in a department with no trust at all. News flash...we are all human and we make mistakes! When you make one, fess up and take like the professional you are. There are some that never will becasuse they are cowards, and oh well. They have to live their life knowing that, but I would rather live my life knowing that I did all that I possibly could and lived without regrets. I guess after reading all these that those of you are submitting have never made a mistake and therefore I commend you for that. I am not saying that all these mentioned acts were right and should have gone without punishment, but they did and they are over with. Move on and when it happens again, stand up and say something. I have never worked a job where voicing my opinion has got me in trouble if you do it in a tactful way...some of you might have trouble with that sice this blog continues to grow. Now that I have added to it, feel free to attack me since that is what all of you are good at. Happy bithcing!!!

TIRED OF THE BS said...

REMEMBER, NONE OF US HAVE EARNED THE RIGHT TO LIVE IN A GLASS HOUSE.SOME OF YOU SOUND LIKE YOU HAVE THOUGH.

Anonymous said...

T.C. being one of the good ole' boys---you must be kidding!!!!!She is about the only one who tell's it like it is! What you said in prior posting about her, was to be a joke, and it was totally embellished...At that time, everyone else thought it was funny too, but changed their story. Could it be again telling on someone to make yourself look good to Administration. I'm glad that none of my jokes have ever been missintrepeted...!!! I'm glad I've never scene anyone take their gun out of their holster for jokes before..... However, when we start saying things about personal lives, there has to be a line drawn....How many of us want our personal lives thrown on this blog for everyone to see....I know I wouldn't!!!!!!!!! And if you think leaving Patrol day shift and going to midnights at the jail isn't punishment, then you don't know what you are talking about. Let's get back to standing up with each other as a group...as a family, like I think we are, and get back to our task that was started...and that is to let upper Administration know how we feel....

Anonymous said...

So there is corruption in the Sherrif's office? Does this surprise anyone? As a former insider I have seen OUR money wasted over and over. Everytime an on duty EMPLOYEE does personal things on OUR time, that is stealing. Stealing is a crime, so should they then be charged?

Yes they are building houses, remodling houses, going home to work out, doing yardwork, going shopping, working on the Harley, hanging out with friends, and so on, and so on. But lets keep in mind, they do ask each other to cover their ass, so they are watching out for some of the "public they serve".

Lets go further, check out the department issued cell phones! I am sure you will see LONG conversations with friends that are not work related.

How about personal relationships, inter office sex? Are you kidding me!
Funny even the "outsiders" were talking about Deb Brooks and Liz O'Brien duing the trail. Are people going to find out they were former lovers AND worked together. We all KNOW! I think while I was there EVERYONE slept together, or talked about it. How do you get a job at PCSO, sleep with someone. Yes that is how I got my job there!

Next: how about Deputies flashing their badge to get "the good looking girl" to pull over? Not just the men would do this. Let us not forget when they run plates to get more information for personal reasons. It is a county dating service.

So here is the just of it: MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO!!!
So many of these self rightous, uniform wearing, badge flashing people are SCREWING us ALL, the light gets dimmer and dimmer on the ones who truly are doing their job.

The one thing we all need to remember is: WE are the ones who pay these people. This puts us all in the position of being the boss. So when our employees break the law, as a good boss, we need to do something about it. Make these people acountable for their actions, (remember the law). It is our duty as the boss to punish the wrong doers, and REWARD the ones performing their duties. Just like children if you reward bad behavior, it will continue, and has.

I am now a P.I, and gone from PCSO, but will still follow these overpaid court paper servers around to document real "work" they do. To find out more....
Wait for my book to come out, it will blow the department APART!!!
Andy G.

Anonymous said...

I know someone who works for the Sheriff's office. There is alot of BS that goes on within the Department. You can't ask everyone in the department to stand up together and fight for what has and is going on as some of them are part of the problem. There are tons of things that get swept under the rug. There are things that not only happen higher up in the department that go un noticed but things that happen down the totem pole as well. Take the people who call in "sick" Nothing happens to them? Why are they part of the good ole boys? Do the Sgt's and LT's just not care or is it truely because the morale is so bad that no one cares. How about the short staff issues? The Sheriff is putting everyone at risk when this happens. I sure hope nothing happens to any employee because of staff shortage or you can bet $$$. But then again Denny would just wipe it under the rug. There is so much more I would love to say here but as for most of the people posting here I too fear a retaliation not only against the person I know but against the other Hard working men and women of the Sheriff's Department. I know that people have familes to feed and bills to pay so this is why most stay.

Anonymous said...

YOU MUST LOOK INTO YOUR BROOKS' I THINK YOU GOT THE WRONG ONE LISTED

Anonymous said...

WHO'S ANDY G,I DONT RECALLANYONE BY THIS NAME

Anonymous said...

ANDY GRIFFITH I GET IT,MAYBE I COULD BE A PI WITH YOU

Anonymous said...

MAYBERRY ANDY FOR THOSE WONDERING

Anonymous said...

Here's a quick definition for you guys. Make sure what you are saying is absolutely true.

LIBEL (noun)

1a. law.
The publication of a statement in some permanent form (including broadcasting) which has the potential to damage someone's reputation and which is claimed to be false

Anonymous said...

i want to know about chief burdock. why does he work by himself in his own building without any staff under him...what are(taxpayers) wasting on this guy? $108,000 a year for doing nothing in his own building? Cant we pay someone less $$$ to sit in a building all day for 8 hours?? i would like to know what he does...

additionally. it is funny how certain people can do anything they want and not hear word one about it while other people get caught up in traps that seem like they have been laid out for them?

the questions was posted why we still work at PCSO if things are so bad....its because I like my job and I like the hard working, ethical people I work with. Things are bad. But in my mind I see how good things could be if we got rid of some of these no good, so called "Leaders" we have...and yes I agree with the statement that with these retirments goes some of the good old boy club members. but as they leave, who do you think will take thier spots? New and improved good old boys. The kind that still promote their buddies wether they are qualified or not. The kind that sweep things under the rug if they dont want to see them. The kind that are more technologically advanced so that they know better ways to sweep things under bigger rugs...anyways PCSO has been an excellent place to work despite all of the problems.

Anonymous said...

i dont know if you can claim a comment is "Libel" if its TRUE!!!!

Brian Holtz said...

I had a relative call me tonight and told me about all these comments. I have spent the past hour reading all this stuff and frankly it makes me sad. On my last working day of thirty years I still got a kick putting on my uniform and going to work. Sure there were many times in my career I was upset about a transfer here or a promotion there but when those feelings hit me I would do the following; (1) Ask myself “Do you like your job? My answer was always “Yes” and (2) Remember what Floyd Jones (former Chief Jailer) once told me; “things are done for a reason, whether you agree with them or not, you have no control over them, so go to work and do the job that you love”.
Things that I have read in the past hour happen everyday in every other kind of business, these things are not exclusive to the Sheriff’s office, and they will continue to happen long after all the “anonymous” entrants are sitting home reading their Medicare statements. So, my best advise to all my law enforcement friends is go to work everyday, do the best you can and have some fun with your co-workers… life is to short. If all these inequities you write about really bother you and your consumed with it all, then maybe a change in career’s would be best for you. Be safe and don’t take the job to seriously.

Big Brother said...

WHAAAA (verb)!!!!

someone actually whored themselves out to get a job...and then actually admitted that....WOW!!! and to think i had to actually go through a whole yr process!!!!

"Those who live in glass houses" what a overblown and overused saying... ummmmm we actually worked/work with these people we talk about so i think WE know what goes on down there....NOT RUMORS we heard!!!!!!!

Funny how these OUTSIDERS say..just bring your griefs up in staff meetings or to the administration!!! HELLO...!!!! Law Enforcement is based on military standards...with rank and chain of command!!! Behind closed doors employees are sworn at up and down..(i know i have)and yes there is retaliation!!!! this is not a regular 9-5 job.....

Morale down there sucks...and the admin does nothing to correct it!!!! just threats of 12 hour shifts!!!!!!!!

they need more people like D Routson!!!!!

#48 said...

I HAVE BEEN READING THESE COMMENTS AND HAVE NOT REPLIED UNTIL NOW.WHO IS THIS ANDY G.I DONT KNOW WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES CAUSED YOU TO LEAVE THE SHERIFFS OFFICE .ALL I CAN SAY IF YOUR GOING TO FOLLOW AROUND THE SO CALLED "OVER PAID COURT PAPER SERVERS " YOU REFERED TO EARLIER YOU CAN SAVE YOUR GAS AND HOPP IN WITH ME.YOU CAN START THIS SATURDAY MORNING WHEN I GO OUT FOR MY AVOIDERS MORNING.AVOIDERS MORNING IS ONE OF THE SATURDAY MORNINGS I GO OUT AND SURPRISE THE FOLKS THAT ARE HIDING FROM ME.YOU ASK WHY SATURDAY?BECAUSE THEY DONT EXPECT US "BILL COLLECTORS"AS SOME FOLKS CALL US,TO BE OUT ON A SATURDAY MORNING AT 8:00 AM,DRESSED IN SWEATS WITH A BASEBALL CAP ON.SO IF ITS BOTHERING THAT MUCH THAT THE TAX PAYERS AREN'T GETTING THEIR MONEYS WORTH,I'LL PICK YOU UP AROUND 7:30 HAVE THE COFFEE READY.ALSO IF YOUR WORRIED ABOUT MONEY,THE LAST TIME I CHECKED WE MADE THE SHERIFFS OFFICE CLOSE TO A MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR PROFIT IN WHAT WE DO.BEFORE YOU MAKE ANY MORE COMMENTS YOU MIGHT WANT TO FIND OUT HOW OUR DIVISION WORKS.DONT WASTE YOUR TIME SPYING,WAVE I MIGHT NEED HELP WITH THE LAWN OR MY HARLEY.WHO KNOWS I MIGHT HAVE EVEN TAKEN A FEW HOURS OFF,WE CAN GET A BEER AFTER WE GET OUR CHORES DONE. BY THE WAY I FORGOT TO MENTION MY SATURDAY MORNING IS MY WAY OF GIVING THE TAX PAYERS BACK FOR THE TIME YOU THINK I'AM STEALING-THERE'S NO OVERTIME INVOLVED.SEND ME A COPY OF YOU BOOK . JAY EVANS

Anonymous said...

I can see why/how your administration does what it does!!! You make it so easy!!! this started with a few deputies fed-up with Anderson and his "chain of command" people were actually starting to listen to you. Within a few inserts (wonder from who???)you all start bashing each other!! Once again your upper administration "gets swept under the rug". They are Good!!! You have all turned on eachother just as I am sure they were hoping for. Your admin. can now sit back and say... see what WE have to work with!!!! Or how about if you all start getting called into admin. being told to stop this because YOU are bringing down morale between deputies. Once again, SWEAP SWEAP!!! Who are you going to blame then?? You going to be able to say that you almost had it,people were starting to care what is happening and we bit again!! They have not gotten away with it for this long because they dont know how to work you!! You are once again, giving them just what they want!!
PLEASE PLEASE bash me!! Tell me how wrong I am!!!Take the focus off your administration again!!

Anonymous said...

I agree. I actually thought one of these days I would open the paper/turn on the TV and see the headlines "Anonymous deputies uncover department"
now it would be "Pupets on a string....bite again"

#48 said...

I'AM NOT BASHING MY CO WORKERS I'AM STICKING UP FOR THEM.WHAT I WONT DO IS GET CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF BASHING THE SHERIFF AND CHIEF VAUGHN.PERSONALL I LIKE THEM BOTH.DO I AGREE WITH THE WAY SOME THINGS ARE HANDLED ,NO ,BUT I DONT GET PAID TO HANDLE THEM.I CAN SAY THAT I HAVE BEEN TO BOTH OF THEM IN THE PAST WITH ISSUES AND HAVE RECEIVED FAVORABLE RESPONSES.I'AM SURE AT THIS POINT YOU THINK YOUR DEALING WITH AN ASS KISSER BUT THOSE OF YOU I WORK WITH KNOW BETTER.I'VE HAD MY DIFFERENCES WITH A FEW SUPERVISORS IN THE PAST AND THE ONLY WAY TO DEAL WITH THEM IS HEAD ON.IT DOESN'T DO ALL YOU PEOPLE ANY GOOD TO RUN AROUND COMPLAININGG TO EACH OTHER.IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM GO TO THE PERSON WHO CAN HELP SOLVE IT.CONFRONTATION ISN'T ALWAYS BAD.I'VE SAID WHAT I HAVE TO SAY AND WILL SAY NO MORE.#48

Anonymous said...

Back to the administration problems. When it comes to working at the Sheriff's office, the best way to get is job is to be related in some way to someone who works there. I am happy to be working with some of those people. (you can pick your friends, not your relatives), noone was asked to be born into these families. Anderson, Vaughn, Schultz, Ramey, Munoz, Burdock, and Shoemaker all have things that they have done that would shock the public, DA's office or anyone else that had authority over them. I only know of several rumors and a few concrete evidence worthing problems that occur. I do know some of us have the "hard facts" on these. Please someone with specific hard facts explain how when a certain "union stewart" went to Sheriff Anderson and voiced concerns about "safety" at the jail, Anderson spoon fed all these hopes and dreams to the stewart only to find out 20 months later, nothing has changed, nothing for the safety of the employees has changed, except the fact they have gotten tougher skin from all the lies. Imagine working somewhere where you deal with criminals all day, and you are more afraid of what the administration is not doing to help then the guy you hand a razor to every morning so he can shave.
There are severe safety issues, severe cover up issues, and still nothing happens.
Please those what hard concrete facts, mention the times, dates, and specific information that can be looked into. The sheriff's office is very "reactive" instead of "proactive" when it comes to issues ie: TOW SCANDAL", "CIVIL SERVICE" issues and everything else.

Vet said...

Listen Jack.
Can I get a word in?
Back in the bush we had a saying, "The grass is always greener on the side of the fence not covered in Agent Orange."
But my point is......Now you made me forget what I was going to say.
Semper Fi.

Anonymous said...

I need to make a clarification to my previous post, Liz O'Brien was sleeping with DONNA Brooks, not Deb, sorry Deb.

As far as you "bill collectors" working Saturdays, when does this happen? Maybe it is a dream you have?

Anonymous said...

Yeah, hey Lt. Brooks nice try with the threat of Libel, but things are only Libelous if they are known to be false when printed and they must be printed with malicious intent to defame or materially harm the plaintiffs character. And since everything I have read so far is true, no claim for libel exists. Truth in a libel case is…class…anyone…anyone...an absolute defense. That was almost a good one there though Donna you almost had one. C’mon guys keep the fire on ‘em. See they don’t like this. Remember get the facts out!!! We want corruption out of the PCSO!!!! Now do you people that aren’t involved see what we mean about retaliation and threats? Trust me that little boogy man was light compared to what they will do.

Now I have a legal definition for the brass:

Chilling Effect: A chilling effect is a situation where speech or conduct is suppressed or limited by fear of penalization at the hands of an individual or group. A "chilling effect" can exist even when there is no explicit prohibition of speech in the law at all. In general, "chilling effect" is often used in reference to laws or actions that do not explicitly prohibit legitimate speech, but that impose undue burdens.

Anonymous said...

What many do not understand is that there is corruption everywhere. Obviously we all know about Dallas county. You have read about Polk county. Des Moines Police have had their issues. WDM had their property room guy who went to jail for a few months at least. Westcom has the director who spent THOUSANDS on an APCO credit card for her personal use and was forced to resign her position as VP of APCO.

Corruption is everywhere... it just isnt intersting until it is uncovered.

I applaud the county employees for letting us know what is going on.

FYI, when Anderson retires it sounds like you might be getting Chief McCarthy from Des Moines... I have heard you should not expect much. Moral is not high in Des Moines.

Anonymous said...

Ok T.C., you and your friends can stop writing in and saying it’s a personal matter that you are having sex with a subordinate. You see, ya really call it a personal matter when its sexual harassment so quit trying to cloud the issue. We’re talking about illegal and unethical activities in the PCSO on this blog and you as a member of the good ole boy network have gotten away with many things over the years. You are what like TWENTY years that girls senior not to mention more importantly her superior officer. That means you are supposed to be her leader and mentor not her seducer!!! Remember all that sexual harassment training we just had? What you are doing is unethical and illegal, you are making this agency sooooooo liable for your actions it’s not even funny. Yet you sit there and make light of the fact that you are creating a hostile work environment with the sexual harassment that you are committing by brushing it off and saying that everybody does it. NO WE DON”T!!! Work is not the place for such behavior!!! You disgust me!!!

Anonymous said...

Charlston, you really need to find your balls (if you have any) everyone in the department knows you are the one with the problem with Brooks!! just because she stood up to you!!! get over it!! as far as Brooks leaving a comment on the blog, she has too much class to stoop to your level!! it was really classy of you to bring other people in the situation that has nothing to do with it, as far as "libel" goes, you accused two people of sleeping together and then later correcting it in another blog, I'm thinking you are heading to court again, maybe you should think before you write!! I'm thinking you need more work to do, I think I will trade you jobs so I can sit and blog all day long, so why don't you grow up and find your balls and quit hiding behind your blogs!!

Anonymous said...

It's not necessary for Charlston to post on this blog. Besides that he has big balls to take on the good ole boys and he won. There are enough people with first hand knowledge of that situation to post instead. Oh and that would be the reason why the sheriff's office had to hire him back. Because they were WRONG and look where he is now... out on patrol doing what he does best, supervising his troops and well!! The situation out at patrol HQ with TC, the firearm and the challenge to a fight was very much true and NOT a joke!
TC and Brooks you'd be wise to take your cues from Charlston.. Anyone that has worked for him has always respected the man. You ask why? He leads by example and makes sure his ethics are above scrutiny.
For those of you posting that don't work for the Sheriff's office you can't imagine what it is like day after day to go into work hoping even praying this will all change only to be let down by your supervisors. This forum is the only way that we may vent and possibly the right person or organization will pick this up and investigate.
A word for Ret. Lt Holtz, sir you say to just go in and do your job and basically ignore the wrongs that are being done by the administration and that this happens everywhere. Well sir you are wrong.. very wrong! This is law enforcement and we HAVE TO hold ourselves to a higher standard. Not because we are above the law but because we enforce it. It simply can't be acceptable in law enforcement to allow all the dirt that has been allowed over the years. I'm not one for airing dirty laundry but it is high time that the good ole boy network be held accountable for all their unethical and down right illegal actions. The day is coming soon when this will all be aired out in a public forum. So bring on the depositions.
For you supervisors like Charlston, sit back and enjoy the truth being told on this blog. Once the good ole boys are flogged publically you may find yourselves in higher positions. Do us proud once you are there and not make this all being done in vane.
A word about those that post on the site that have no knowledge of the inner workings of the PCSO, people like M. Cole, don't waste you post by bitching at them. This will get us off topic and not let us accomplish we have set out to do.
I post also anonynously out of the need to support my family and protect my years of service.

Anonymous said...

The only class Lt. Brooks has is ever year for in-service. I am happy that you have "no class" so you can blog for her. You jackass.

Midget

M. Cole said...

FYI Anonymous - I used to work for the PCSO years ago. I know how it works you dumb-ass. I didn't think it was pertinent, but since you brought it up...I was done posting, why'd you have to waste your breath on me?

Anonymous said...

I agree, Charleston has class,you must not have worked with him

Anonymous said...

I wonder if all the brass are snickering now!! You all sit atop your perches looking down at all the staff and feel completely immune to all the rules, regulations, and LAWS that govern the rest of us. You have felt all safe and secure sheltered by your gold braid. All we have ever asked for is that you lead by example, and as you like to remind the line staff "represent the uniform and office well" How incredibly hypocritical so many of you have been!! The inequity in how you enforce your rules is a sure formula for failure. You have felt untouchable, you have felt above the law, and you have felt above reproach.

HOW DO YOU FEEL NOW?

Anonymous said...

You tell Charleston to "find his balls" and quit hiding bedind a blog but you also posted anonymous.

Anonymous said...

To the person telling Charleston to "find his balls" why do you post anonymous. Put your balls on and leave a name. How about that guy!

M6436

Anonymous said...

This topic has gone completely off. It was about the dark underside of PCSO, to now attacking people like Charleston, Brooks and Cook. Anyone that has worked inside the PCSO knows of the bad blood between the three. ITS OLD NEWS!

Anonymous said...

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, I AM THE GREAT AND POWERFUL OZ!!!

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, Lt. Donna Brooks classy? Not if it’s the same Donna Brooks I remember. I think the story I have to tell with specific details will show that to be a true statement. Please do forgive me though cause this was a couple of years ago . It was February 2004 and a Saturday, “Movie Night”. We had an Inmate on I’m pretty sure it was the 6th floor who had spread urine and fecal matter all over his cell and was yelling spitting throwing stuff out the cell door and being a general nuisance. We began to suit up the team some of us donning jumpsuits to protect our clothes from the filth. While we were doing that Sgt Brooks was talking about our plan of action and barking at us that we had better put the jumpsuits on because if we got our uniforms dirty she wouldn’t send us home to change. Now, it’s true Ballenger was chopping at the bit to get upstairs and was trying to get us on the elevator as quick as possible and kind of talking along side Sgt Brooks but it’s not like we can’t walk and chew bubble gum at the same time. Sgt Brooks however doesn’t like any challenges to her Authori-TAH!!! Whether it’s real or not. In mid sentence she stops, gets up in Ballengers face, grabs his face with her hand making him get the fish lips, looks him in the eye and growls “Who’s the supervisor!?” over and over again. Talk about uncomfortable!!! Finally Ballenger says “You” she let’s go and we go upstairs. She kind of tried to play it off cuase I think she realized she had gone to far, but it didn’t help. We were all pretty shocked. Yeah real classy. We have the right to be free from physical assault by or supervisors, but yet Lt. Brooks is in charge of our stellar internal affairs investigations too. Let’s put the shoe on the other foot if Ballenger had grabbed her face, he’d have been fired justifiably.

Anonymous said...

Let me ask you folks (within PCSO) a question. Rumor has been for several years that the Bridewell Correctional Facility has some investors that are currently PCSO administration. Is there any proof of this in black and white that a person could obtain?

Anonymous said...

Yes I've heard that rumor about Bridewell also. There has to be business paperwork on file somewhere that list investors.

Anonymous said...

The business is registered as an LLC, which does not have too list the investors (from what I have been told) it is registered in Iowa & Missouri - but with the name of the registered agent. In Iowa, it is an attorney in western DSM, in Missouri (if I remember right) it is registered under the name of the warden (which I have been told he is retired DMPD). I know there Security Director is retired DMPD. Nothing against either of these 2, but what do cops know about running a correctional facility and plus why would 5 Iowa investors build one w/o somehow having a quarantee of holding Polk County inmates on a steady basis. Is there a contract between Polk County and Bridewell, who recommended taking inmates down there, who signed the contract for Polk County and could there be any Board of Supervisor involved as a investor also?? This could be one of your biggest emabarassments for Polk County administration, if the answers to these questions were uncovered.

Anonymous said...

Well now that that allegation is out about the jail you can expect that if it is true it will be uncovered.

What is this stuff about the Westcom Director? What do you mean THOUSANDS from APCO? APCO is non profit I thought? How could a city that holds themself to extremely high morals and ethics hire someone who spent that much of our money for her personal business? Do her employers even know about it? So she did not quit APCO to spend more time at Westcom? I would like to know more...

people_with_strong_ethics said...

I have .pdf files of the credit card records showing how the director of Westcom mispent APCO funds. From plane tickets for her dog trainer, to haircuts at the airport, plane tickets for family, etc. She even put the hotel room she stayed in while interviewing for her job at westcom on the apco card... if you are a member, there are your dues hard at work.

Email me and I will send them to you... people_with_strong_ethics@yahoo.com

If anyone else has any other good curuption information feel free to send it to me and I can see who needs to be made aware of it.

-Molly-

Shawn VanHoozer said...

“Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

I don’t think it can be put any better than that. Pride yourself if you constantly find yourself thinking about ideas, ethics, philosophy, the general nature of man and your own place within the universe. Find comfort with yourself and be easy and gracious towards others and your thoughtful examination of great ideas will bring you happiness.
If you ponder great events, such as recent sporting events and global conflicts, local events and other interesting happenings, you should still pat yourself on the back, for some of the greatest people have “average” minds and find great happiness.
But if you can only find entertainment by logging onto a God-forsaken web log and discussing the faults of your fellow coworkers, peers and supervisors, airing out your dirty laundry for the world to see and bringing discredit to the very organization to which you owe your livelihood, then give yourself a big smack in the face, loser…you have a small mind and misery and unhappiness will follow you like a dark cloud. You find fault everywhere and seldom have a suggestion for improvement, it is far easier to complain anonymously than to attempt to effect a positive change through your own actions. The Sheriff’s Office is the sum of its parts, it is made up of every person who has ever worked there and will ever work there in the future. Is it always fair? No. Is it always easy? No. But neither is life, in fact, it is my understanding that everyone is going to die…its true, we all are. Morale is nobody else’s responsibility. Morale is what happens when you wake up and look in the mirror, or see your family. You decide what you do with your life. Leave the stresses of work at work. Nobody said this job is easy; it’s what you make of it. There are assholes in every job you could possibly have. Remember, you only work 10 years out of your life, you actually sleep 23 years of it.
Well, I’m going to bed now; I didn’t want to be the only one without something fascinating to say on this very important subject. Everyone give everyone else a shirtless hug and stop posting this crap, or find a hobby.

P.S. When you post your comments to a web log, run the text through a spell check program before posting it, your ideas have much more credibility when they don’t contain 4th grade spelling errors.

Big Brother said...

WOW..a hallmark moment from "Frisk"

Anonymous said...

HELLO EVERYONE I AM NOT SURE IF THIS WENT THROUGH THE FIRST TIME SO I WILL RESEND IT. I HAVE BEEN TREATED VERY WELL BY PCSO AND ALL EMPLOYEES. KNOWING THAT IS ONE LESS THING I NEED TO WORRY ABOUT. EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU WILL BE TREATED THE SAME. THERE MAY BE COPLAINTS NOW, BUT WHEN YOU NEED PCSO THE MOST, THEY WILL BE THERE. IF SOMEBODY WOULD LIKE SOMETHING SAID I WILL BRING IT UP IN A TACTIFUL WAY AND MAYBE SOME THINGS WILL BE FIXED, NOT ALL. I WONT USE YOUR NAMES IF BROUGHT UP. I DONT THINK THEY WILL HOLD A GRUDGE, IF SO THINGS CANT GET ANY WORSE FOR ME. WE NEED TO STOP THIS BLOG SO ANYONE OUTSIDE PCSO WILL NOT HAVE A NEGATIVE ATTITUDE LIKE SOME, NOT ALL JUST SOME. JUST REMEMBER WHEN YOU NEED THEM THE MOST, PCSO WILL BE THERE. DONT TAKE ANY OF THIS NEGATIVE ITS MEANT TO BE POSSITIVE. BE PROUD EVERY TIME YOU PUT ON THAT UNIFORM, SOMEDAY YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO MIKE P.S. SHAWN I THINK YOU KNOW HOW ME AND COMPUTERS GET ALONG. I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO GET TO MY SPELL CHECK. SORRY

Spartacus said...

Well, while it’s nice to mouth platitudes about speaking about ideals, those ideals mean exactly nothing if not put into action. Frankly, it seems more than a little ironic to me that you’d use a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt about talking about ideals, here’s why. Eleanor Roosevelt was a fundamental force in getting the U.N. started after WWII, going so far as to be our ambassador to that organization and helping draft its resolution on universal human rights. Nowadays what is the U.N. known for? Is it its stalwart defense of human rights? Survey says….Nope!!! It’s known for a lot of blustering and talk, but no action. (Now Saddam were really, really serious this time, you must let us inspect to make sure you are in compliance with our resolutions. NOOOO! I will not, You will not inspect in Iraq!!!, Well okay, but now were gonna have to pass another resolution. By the way you wanna give Kofi Annan’s son a kick back on the oil we let you sell for “food” for your palaces…er… I mean people, yes, yes your people who need money for food.) The point of my little parody is that words without action are absolutely meaningless and in fact lead to a situation like we are in right now. Words and ideals are great, but if you talk ideals and do nothing you send the message you don’t really practice what you preach. If we see unethical or illegal activities we, by the very nature of our profession are duty and honor bound (There ya go for ideals) to report such activity. I have personally taken things up the chain of command several times, a couple of times to the Sheriff himself, been pumped full of “Yes, yes, this is a completely valid concern, we’ll get right on this and get right back to you, harrumph, harrumph!” Only to have nothing happen but to be met with dead silence…I sent follow up e-mails, nothing, they’d just get deleted as soon as they were read. So Shawn and Mike, while I know you both to be good men, and I too wish there were another way, I don’t think there is. True, what’s going on is unfortunate but the system is broken at PCSO and this airing in a public forum for peoples concerns is necessary. So again, please, pretty please, with sugar on top, let them speak. If Sheriff Anderson had been a true leader and taken care of business instead of his buddies I am positive this wouldn’t be going on right now. One thing I do agree with you on though, for Christ’s sake learn to use spell check people, please!

Spartacus

Anonymous said...

Gee Nancy - aren't you through flogging that dead horse re apco funds? You can say it 1000 times but that doesn't make it true except in your own mind. Move your cheese for goodness sake!

Shawn VanHoozer said...

The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Empire? It wasn’t that good of film, and Stanley Kubrick wasn’t that good of director. Just think if the mighty Roman slave Spartacus was named anonymous. And while I can totally appreciate the analogy, slaves don’t make 20-30 bucks an hour and they don’t have family dental plans. Take action when you deem it necessary, but remember, when you bring ideas to those in power, they are not automatically obligated to act on them. Just as bringing ideas about anything else to another person, no matter how good and logical the argument will never persuade them to see your way if they are of a different opinion. If you like the paycheck, keep your mouth shut and do what you can to keep your chin up. The real Spartacus didn’t sit around blogging on his computer; he grabbed a sword, used his military training, exceptional leadership skills and rallied 70,000 slaves to stand with him and rout the Roman Army. The power to which everyone on this blog aspires, fears and envies is brought by the ability to raise 70,000 supporters (votes). You don’t earn respect, admiration and the power to change things by sitting around the computer making high-pitched whining noises. My first year in the Marine Corps I earned $9,750 ($174 a paycheck, before taxes) and had to put up with an exponentially higher amount of crap than I have seen in 9 years at Polk County. My first year with Polk County I made more than all four years of my military service combined, and I haven’t had to push a mop or a floor waxer or live in any third-world sewers. I know the difference between a good job and a shitty one. And if you want another analogy, compare this blog to the workplace at Polk County. People repeat rumors and half-truths and decry the unfairness of everything, and live only to hear the next big rumor, because they like when others fail and cannot feel happy at others success. Everyone I know that works for Polk County live in pretty nice houses, drive pretty nice cars and have lots of toys. If you have something to say, and it is important enough to get fired over, put your name on it. If it’s not important enough to get fired over, then don’t put your name to it keep quiet and do your job until you can find another one that is better. Talking about other people while they aren’t there is something everyone engages in at some point, but the point of my earlier post was to encourage people away from that, and seek happiness elsewhere than from bitching and complaining about the weaknesses of others, because every where you look there are reasons to be angry (the Bears are 6-0). It’s harder to find things to be happy about, but it’s more rewarding when you do. Remember, there are plenty of people out there making 9 bucks an hour that would trade positions with any one of us in a second. I’m off to work now, to go make 26 bucks an hour with my high school education, I hope I can avoid having my feelings trampled on by my supervisors today, I don’t know though, I might just cry.

P.S. I’m sorry I can’t throw more big words into this blog like “obfuscate”, but I didn’t go to college when I was 18, I went to combat...Jack, and the only big words we learned were profanities. By the way, The United States Marine Corps motto, since 1883, is "Semper Fidelis". There were three mottos prior to Semper Fidelis, including "Fortitudine" (meaning "with courage") and, "Per Mare, Per Terram", and up until 1843 there was also the motto "To the Shores of Tripoli." The motto signifies the dedication that individual Marines are expected to have loyalty to "Corps and Country" and to their fellow fighting men and women, for the rest of their days and beyond. Marines often reduce the phrase to "Semper Fi."

Shawn VanHoozer said...

It was not the governing class alone that would react in horror to the prospect of a slave insurrection. Whatever the grievances of men disenfranchised and dispossessed by Sulla, they would have found unthinkable any common enterprise with Thracian or Gallic slaves. It causes no surprise that Marxist historians and writers have idealized Spartacus as a champion of the masses and leader of the one genuine social revolution in Roman history. That, however, is excessive. Spartacus and his companions sought to break the bonds of their own grievous oppression. There is no sign that they were motivated by ideological considerations to overturn the social structure. The sources make clear that Spartacus endeavored to bring his forces out of Italy toward freedom rather than to reform or reverse Roman society.
-Erich Gruen, The Last Generation of the Roman Republic

“Spartacus’s forces were finally wiped out by Crassus' legions in a major battle in southern Italy, near the headwaters of the Siler River. It is believed that Spartacus died in this battle; there were so many corpses that his body was never found.”

The first entry says that only communists think Spartacus was a champion of the oppressed masses.

The second entry says Spartacus was a dumbass and the vultures ate his bones.

The average person in Spartacus's day did not join him in taking up arms, because they weren’t slaves, they went to work and supported their families. The point is, only the very, very oppressed (actual slaves) will ever resort to dramatic action to effect change, everyone else sits around maintaining the status quo and generally being happy about the fact that they live in America. No one takes action because ultimately there only a very few people that cannot recognize what a good job they have.

Anonymous said...

A cadre of concerned persons has put together a website to air your concerns. With the scandal happening with the hiring practices at the state, the Dallas county sheriff's office and now apparently Polk county, it is time that people had a safe place to post their concerns. It can be found at: http://www.iowainsiders.com/

Anonymous said...

Of course you defend the good ole boys Frisk or VanHoosier or whatever your name is these days. Aren’t you the same cat that was pulled over by the state patrol drunker than a skunk and acting like an ass but oh what happened, swept under the rug. Good job defending the good ole boys.

Shawn VanHoozer said...

You have no idea what you are talking about. You know only what you hear from others via the rumor mill. Proves my point.

Shawn VanHoozer said...

When I first read all these negative posts my reaction was that it made feel bad that so many of my co-workers feel so crappy about everything. I wanted to post something positive and encourage everyone to keep their heads up and look at the good things in life by using humor and a bit of sarcasm, I'm sorry if you missed that point. Im not defending anyone, or attacking anyone personally, this is just blog for God's sake! Of course using my real name opens me up to small-minded personal attacks, but whatever. Come talk to me, I will be happy to tell you anything you want to know about what has happened to me in the past, anonymous, if that is your real name...

Anonymous said...

retaliation againt the employees? yes, that is why their are 4 IT people looking at hard drives at the jail. even with LT. and Sgt. pay they dont realize is that if they read a book they could find out everything they need to know in 4 to 5 minutes. get a clue. retards. check out the new and real website www.iowainsider.com

Pat McCrotch said...

WTF?

Pat McCrotch said...

Okay, let's look at the real facts here. There is no such thing as a perfect work environment, and those of you who spend their time talking trash of their co workers and superiors, well thats just the way the cookie crumbles. Some people have it and some people don't. Obviously you don't. Sorry you are jealous that it's not you in the "golf cart" or on the "raquetball court". If it makes you feel any better, I drive a Gremlin. So here are some tissues for your issues, build a bridge and get the hell over it! That's what I have to say and for the people who don't like it, wipe your faces with toilet paper ass holes, cuz this is definitely not an eye that gives a FU%*!!! Thanks and have a GREAT day!

Harrybalz said...

I poke smot with Mr.Mccrotch one time in his Gremlin then we ate the cookie!yum!

Anonymous said...

Shawn VanHoozer,You are my hero! Way to go guy!
Everyone needs to keep their heads up, look for the good things around them and in life, and do the best job they can do! We were hired and GET PAID GOOD MONEY to serve & protect the people of Polk County. The citizens of Polk County don't deserve all of this junk being aired. How safe do you think that makes them feel? Anyone thought about how all this makes all the good guys & gals look? How it casts a dark shadow on all of us?? Anyone thought about that?
Yes,I'm sure people have been wronged, but airing others dirty laundry isn't the fix.
"What goes around comes around"
Yes, I agree, I am sure there have been people wronged. But that don't happen only at the PCSO. It happens to people every day, in other jobs and other aspects of life.
Let someone higher than ourselves, question them on their wrong doings during their life.
Yes, I mean the Almighty one on judgement day!
In the mean time, lets not make everyones life miserable with all the comments on the blog.
It might make some feel better airing this way, but it is not going to do a darn thing in changing the way things go.
Everyone needs to go on, take a look around you, look at the families that are living on $10,000 a YEAR (or less) to raise their families. Most of them are supporting more than most of us have to support.
Then, if you do that and still can't be happy and look at the good things in life, you need to make a change. Maybe its time to make yourself happy in a new job or to try and make changes in a more productive manner other than this blog.

You can't be happy with others until you are happy with yourself!

Anonymous said...

Question for Molly,

This information that you have is just an example of all the corruption gong on. Please tell us more of what you know at the new website
www.iowainsiders.com. Were criminal chargers filed, did she have to pay the money back to APCO? Do other departments and people know about this? Is she the one that is going to take over the Polk County dispatch? Did she get fired from MN, is that why she is in Iowa now?

Anonymous said...

Just saw all the info on PCSO.
This is nothing new to those of us that have lived it.
Gross retaliation has been wide spread and a continued course of conduct that has been learned and practiced since "Teflon Bob" was in office. Although, he was only a
bar stool manager from Pal Joeys and all the under boss's that have been named here were running the show, I find it ironic that the Sharks are now feeding on each other. Thats becasue everybody has dirt on everybody. The upper brass that is.
I was one of the " chosen few" for a while but when I quite playing the game, I was turned in to and lableled a problem child.
Wow, back to the jail I went. Imagine that.Retaliation at its finest.
Joe Simmon has had his head so far up the rears of the brass ever since he started that he knows what they had for lunch.And probably bought it for them.
And he should be prosecuted for the OWI / Murder cover up. How bad does it get???
WHat ever happened to the $20,000 that went missing of the $80,000 that was seiezed in a drug bust several years ago by G.Brooks?
How come Burdock seamed to always come up with new harleys and trailers etc. that had been impounded by the PCSO and he was the new owner ??
Why didnt the FED's do anything when Dennis George wrote them a letter about all the corruption, years ago?
And other PCSO staff had and recently have gone to the Fed's and still nothing changes?
Who is covering up for who and how deep is the problem ?
The most nervouse I ever saw the BRASS was about 10 years ago when G. Brooks and Davenport,(the one thats gone) had everybody rattled. And now all this is coming out.
I find all this info to be of great exposure but where will it go? Morale is as low as its ever been and this hurts that much more.
I guess I have missed anything about the "Golden Child" D. Phillips. There is not enough room here to rat his butt out on what I know about you. Racial Pig that he is.
And while I have the soap box.
Hey 48, How smart are you to admit to going out on Saturdays , in shorts, to serve process? Is that Policy? I'l have to hand it to you becsue you do say things about the PCSO and in front of the Brass that others could not get by with saying. You must have that picture of the Sheriff having sex with a sheep that you are alway bragging about. Although you have never shown it to us, I bet now thats because you are holding the sheep.
If all this does anything, I hope it will send a message to everyone
that no matter what you do, someone is watching and taking notes.
All in all, like in any family
fight, when things get bad and I need help, I know I can count on back up from one of my brothres or sisters and Ill do the same.
BUT, I will never lie for anyone again. And I dont expect that of any of you.

Anonymous said...

Punishement ? For certain few, yes.
How come a Detective just got caught fooling around with one of his C.I.'s and he didnt get sent back to the jail?
Could it be because he too has garbage on someone in high places ?

PETD(people for the ethical treatment of deputies) said...

This site started out to be some facinating reading but when you guys turned on each other it became disappointing. You guys have completely lost your focus which I believe was the administration. If the administration is what you say, then I believe a ringer was thrown in to accomplish just that. Now that you guys are pointing fingers at each other, the administration is free to sit back and relax. This blog site is no way to achieve any change. You all may feel better because this allows you to say the things you can't say to the person's faces and if it does, that's great. The more of you we can keep off medications the better. What does affect change is proper channels, a strong united front, the right people leading, and DOCUMENTATION!!! No one within your department is beyond being brought down(ask ex-sheriff Gilbert) but it has to be done correctly. I am familiar with a few of the individuals mentioned in this blog site and they aren't worth the energy it took to type their names. I was told once that "if it's not on paper, it didn't happen." You guys need to regroup, redefine what changes need to come about, and make them happen.

Anonymous said...

Come on guys, Cant we all just get along ? LOL

Anonymous said...

What documentaion on paper ?
Its hard to do when things are sanitized. Just like a party film of D.Phillips little party.
We all saaw it, but when things got thick a while ago. Im sure it went away too.
Just like Sgt. Joe Simons cover up. We all know about itm, but do you really think there is any paper trail ?

Anonymous said...

Hey Guys, As a reminder,for all you Good Ole boys, you should all look up Iowa Code 802.6 because for those of you that think your in the clear, the Statute of Limitations hasnt expired on you yet and some hasnt even begun to run. Tape recorders and films are still around from the Floyd Jones days and some of us watching arent rookies. I personally have just been waiting for the perfect time to expose what I have.
So Denny, Doug, Neal, Joe, hold on to your hats becasue if this all is going were I think it may be, your hats is all your going to have to cover your butts with this time..

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good house cleaning is needed with the PCSO.

Anonymous said...

OOOOOOH, Lets bring out some oldies but goodiews about the PCSO.
Hey Denny, still sleeping or been caught with Lisa Lately or did her promotion stop all that?
What about Cross, Phillips and others get by with having sex with the casey's girls and explorer girls on K. Schnieders boat at Saylorville, and then there is the " Frosty Nutters CLub " remeber that guys?????
And hey Holtz, dont think I would write more if I was you sisnce I know about you getting caught on a hidden camera at HQ. breaking into and stealing from the candy machine right there in the office.
And Joe Johnson, have you stopped beating woman?
John Bealue should have kicked your butt then.
Oh yeah thats right, it happened again in Ankeny but Denny anderson, your ex inlaw, rescued you then too.
Some of us remember well.
Is all this really true ???????
There is a big problem if only half of it is.

Anonymous said...

Its all coming out now isnt it?
Dont see much about all us pee on's but sure does look bad for all the upper crust !!!

Anonymous said...

How come our Brass member Liza Shoemaker
had to go back to the academy to re-take her criminal law class becasue she flunked it, but she was promoted through the ranks like a rocket ???

Anonymous said...

I will be curious to see how long all this PCSO blog stuff continues before someone in high places makes a call and the plug is pulled and it all disappears. AGAIN.

Anonymous said...

You can change some of the sheriff office problems by VOTING, get some new leadres in the PCSO or quit crying about your problems

Anonymous said...

WHat is very sad about all this PCSO stuff is that the reality is, alot of us working there have done things that hasnt been by the book, and it sickens me to think of some of what I have been involved in. I never stole or beat anyone, but I have lied about things to cover up things for my co-workers out of fear of retaliation and losing my job. Becasue "when in Rome, you must do as the Romans" or your out.
Plain and simple.
A few more years and I can be out of here. Unfortunatley, I will have to live with what all I know has gone on and how mnay people have suffered undue hardships in there lives because of the lies that I know have been told and I had to be a part of.
All in all, what we have done by lying and covering things up is worse than what we lied about in many cases. I hope God forgives me.

Anonymous said...

We are crying about things because that is the only release we have .
Maybe somebody will read all this and really do something about it.
If someone or some body of government with the power to actaully do anything WOULD DO IT, They would be flooded with information so overwhelming it would take years to sort out.
Thats how bad things really are and how long its been going on.

Anonymous said...

REMEMBER JONN GOTTI HIS DAYS WAS NUMBERS LIKE RICES WAS AND YOUR ARE TO SHERIFF .. I REMEMBER WHAT YOU TOLD ME YEARS AGO....

FOLLOW THE MONEY.....

Anonymous said...

For anyone worried about this blog being pulled, check into www.blogger.com You can setup a free account and make your own blog for PCSO (or anything else) According to the terms and conditions, they don't share your info w/anyone else and your privacy is protected. Just a thought...

Anonymous said...

Well it's time !!! Now the media should see the video tapes of Joe Johnston and his buddy the Sheriff building their new homes down south.. And yes your right.. follow the money

"ANYONE CAN BE SET UP RIGHT SHERIFF" YOU NEVER KNOW WHOS WATCHING !!! :)

Your Friend

Blackburn

Anonymous said...

Days of our Lives at the PCSO. I am just astonished at what I have just read. It seems as if several of the Deputies have forgotten that they work for the residents of this county, and instead have taken it upon themselves to utilize the power they possess for personal gain.

Were do I start? This Blog seems to have started off with good intentions and zoomed off in a personal attack website. If you bloggers stick to the main issues, you might actually accomplish something. In case you forgot, stick to these core issues that need to be answered (If these alleged issues are true, which sounds like it to me):

1. Discipline is not equal in nature for everyone. The question is were is the union in the situation. If you are a union steward and this is taking place, you should be replaced by someone who cares.

2. Deputy Misconduct
Apparently, the PCSO has some Deputies who are involved in some sort of DOT Paperwork Problems and have been arrested for Felonious Misconduct in Office. If this is the case, The question here is HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN GOING ON?

It also appears (from the blog)as if the above situation is a drop in the bucket compared to certain incidents that have taken place by some (even senior) members of the PCSO. If this is happening, and it is according to the blog, the Deputies who are doing this are worse than many of the same inmates in their jail. This is crazy, and somewhat naive to think I guess on my part, that by be-friending the right deputy, it might just save you some jail time if the right situation takes place. Or, if you have committed a felony crime on a individual, and are still working for the PCSO, how can you look at the badge you carry with any type of respect for yourself. If you are a Deputy and putting your career and livelihood on the line to protect your friends or get some sort of personal gain or power trip, you do not deserve to be cop in my community. I would hope you would do the right thing and just resign rather than continue to tarnish the reputation of your department. If these above events listed on this blog are not true, than you have been unbelieveably wronged. BUT IF NOT, it seems that you may be hiding behind the power of the badge that you have. (Once again assuming that the incidents are true of course)


3. Inappropriate Relations between supervisors and subordinates. It is true that this takes place in just about every workplace in America, but I do not directly fund, with my hard earned tax dollars, every workplace in America. Then to use this later as some sort of leverage for personal gain afterwards is astonishing. If true, you should leave the Dept on your own, but you probably wont.


4. The Missouri Jail Ownership. If true, this is astonishing as the actual dollars our county spends keeping inmates away from the general public end up in the pockets of the people who sent them there in the first place. No wonder the jail costs so much to run. If true, this is a breach of the publics faith that is unbelieveable. Can you spell CONFLICT OF INTEREST.

5. Builiding Monitor
If True, I want the job of Chief BLDG Monitor so I can make a lot of money ensuring no one steals THAT BLDG. I will work long hours and even weekends and holidays to make over $100K. SIGN ME UP

I hope that this Department gets its shit together and takes the time to do the right thing. My opinion is that it is time for an outside agency to come in and investigate these allegations listed in the blog. In turn, and if this department has turned a blind eye on some of things in this blog, than how do you expect for anyone in law enforcement let alone this community to have any respect for those working at PCSO now. Unfortunately, it appears that the actions of a few bad apples, may spoil the whole group.

I know there are probably many great people at this entity, but where are they now, come forward and find someone to talk too.

I also wonder why the media has not picked up on this blog yet. They could investigate these issues quickly and openly without fear of reprisals.

SO LEADERSHIP, I am a citizen of your community. Clean this up before no one trusts anyone from the PCSO. Because once you lose the trust of YOUR Employers you will never get it back.

Lastly, please PROTECT my family and community from all of the evils out there. Please protect us from not only the criminal bad guys, but the guys who are (maybe) criminals that we dont know about.

We still believe in you, but dont take this for granted.

MIKE LOSE said...

WHEN I ENTERED A BLOG YESTERDAY AT 4:19 I ONLY ENTERED MY FIRST NAME AT THE END. I DID NOT WANT IT POSTED A ANONYMOUS. THIS IS MIKE LOSE,AND I MEANT IT WHEN I SAID I WOULD TALK FOR YOU IN A PROPER WAY. KEEP IN TOUCH. MIKE

Anonymous said...

We are very Happy to see all of you SHERIFF EMPLOYEES DEPUTIES finally COMING forward and telling the "real" truth about the most corrupt Sheriff's Office EVER...

REMEMBER THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR YEARS..AND WILL CONTINUE UNTIL THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE COMES IN AND CLEANS HOUSE.

AND THEY THOUGHT CTEC WAS A BIG STORY !!!

Anonymous said...

I have personally seen firsthand on several occasions events that were later completely blown out of proportion by the rumor mill. Its like the game where everyone repeats a sentence to everyone else and it ends up completely different. It makes me wonder how much truth there is to any of the rumors I hear. Im sure any criminals who actually read blogs (0) would be comforted to hear all the discord among law enforcement. Im sure all the citizens are happy to hear they have a bunch of overpaid, whining children working for them.

Anonymous said...

All I want to say is thanks for the soap opera reading material, I'm so glad I don't work for the pcso, I would be ashamed to admit that right now!!!

Anonymous said...

when you guys have to start paying for your own gas you waste everyday, your own insurance, your own cell phone bills, then maybe you wouldn't waste so much time crying

Anonymous said...

hey #48 are you wearing your sweats on saturday mornings while you are working an off duty job at the Johnston soccer fields, how do you go about getting that job that you are getting overpaid to sleep in your car while on duty, nice gig you have going!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

with all the postings about the pcso, why has WHO TV NOT REPORTED ABOUT ALL THIS AND DONE THEIR OWN INVESTIGATIVE REPORT ?????
MAYBE 60MINUTES OR TV 8 WILL DO SOMETHING

Anonymous said...

I once was so proud to were the badge of the PCSO. but over the years I began avoiding conversations with other brother peace officers due to the bad rep.
that we started getting and I felt ashamed of where I worked.
One doesnt get a rep. by all rumor you know, and despite my eforts,I couldnt shake getting pianted with the same brush the entire office had.
What comes around goes around Denny, Joe, Doug & the rest of you gangsta's with a badge. Ill tell what I know if I catch wind soemthing is really going to be done.
Remember your comment Denny, "Anybody can be set up at any time" ? You were the master of that buddy o pal o friend o mine. Look how you pushed Bob out.
Just set back and think about all the underhanded, back stabbing, self serving, throat cutting, illegal acts you have that are all coming out now.
Better hide your white sheet and hood along with Doug Phillip's.
May be a good thing you will be living someplace other than DES MOINES becasue your political days here are over.

Anonymous said...

I was finally able to access what Ive been hearing about on this web site.
AFter reading " Kerry's " I must say Kudo's to him. He always was great with documenation. So Anderson & Company, you may have some seriuos problems if things come out, that I am sure have been , shall we say memorialized ?
And Phillips if your reading, I do have a copy of the tape of your little party. dumb ass.
I know of 1 other copy out here too. Unless that one got mailed off to ABC's Nightline,last week.
Only by accident of course, we wouldnt want to hurt your political efforts now would we??
Of course Vaughn knows we sent it and now he will know who I am. OH Well. Read em & weep , jerk.

Anonymous said...

Admit nothing,denie everything, demand proof. Sound familiar ?
I think, " is it real or is it memorex " will be asked shortly.
Did you bunch of brass schmucks think your misdeeds could go on forever?
Its a sign of the times boys.
Whistle blowers Rule !!!!
I hope all of you rats wonder when you try and sleep at night about who's ratting you out and who is saving their own ass by doing so.
We will see just how good of friends you all are now.
Think maybe , just maybe, some of the very comments here have been made by the very actor themselves?
Just like Denny starting rumors to see the fall out.
Anderson, you are the biggest chickenshit I know of. Nad right behind you is Phillips and Johnson but they are to busy in a cirlce jerk looking for the next pivet man.

Anonymous said...

To anonymous writer at 4:53, newsflash idiot, I do pay for my own gas, my own insurance and my own cell phone bill. So why don't you have a nice bowl of shut it stew. To all my PCSO brothers and sisters keep the fire on em.

Rocko

Anonymous said...

Rocko, did I hit a nerve?? I'm pretty sure you don't pay for your own health insurance!!

Anonymous said...

An acquaintance of mine turned me on to another website that has material relevant to this discussion although with a little more decorum.

Please, folks, stick to the real problems and don't get caught up in online flame wars.

Check it out at www.iowainsiders.com

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous (6:07pm) - we don't have a monthly premium for ourselves, but we do for a family plan. We also still have co-pays, deductibles, and a tier system for cost of prescriptions. Very similar to anyone with insurance. I also (like Rocko) still pay for my own gas, cell phone, health insurance and car insurance. Not everyone here gets a car or phone for work.

Big Brother said...

who actually thinks that county gets free health insurance?? thats crazy...... i know i was getting over $100 every other pay period taken out of mine.......

Big Brother for Sheriff!!!!

Anonymous said...

I always have loved the phrase "if it isn't on paper it didn't happen." What a crock of shit. Nowadays, it's "it is on paper, it didn't happen, but its up to the accused to dispel that." It has always amazed me about the "selective documentation" that occurs at the PCSO by supervisors, on all levels. Example, everybody who works at PCSO knows that there are three personnel files on each person. The one the immediate supervisor keeps on hand, the one that is kept hidden, and the one kept downtown. I can guarantee you that if you were to get your hands on all three at the same time, they will not all contain the same documentation. I would encourage any deputy, D.O., whatever to call downtown and get a copy of the "offical" file, then ask your supervisor for the copy they keep and compare. You might get a little shock.

Anonymous said...

EVERY PCSO EMPLOYEE, NO MATTER WHAT RANK OR POSITION THEY HOLD
SHOULD COPY THIS ENTIRE BLOG, AND KEEP IT FOR A RAINY DAY.
YOU MAY THINK YOUR JOB IS SAFE BUT TOO MANY TIMES WHEN THOSE THAT HAVE SUDDENLY BECOME "TARGETS", WISH THEY WOULD HAVE KEPT THINGS JUST LIKE THIS.
AND THOSE THAT HAVE , SET ON THE OUTSIDE NOW AND LAUGH SAYING , WE TOLD YOU SO !!!!
HOWEVER USUALY ITS TOO LATE.

Anonymous said...

Hey guys, Im not going to add much to all that has exposed but I would like to remind a few of the
main players here one little key piece of advice.
All the explorer and Casye's girls are all grown up now and someof you guys are in high places so no stature has run yet. Wonder if just maybe things wont start coming out, years later, like has happened in the Catholic Church ???

Anonymous said...

Hey Dennis Anderson, I remeber when you stole all the copper from the old jail and we loaded your car up with it. Remember that buddy ?
And ws there not an incident way back when , when you got stopped in a suburb by their local l.e., and you and anoher cop were stoned and not on alcohol ?
Restless bones are starting to rattle guys. How does it feel to be such a focal point ?

Anonymous said...

Actually anonymous writer @6:07 you didn't hit a nerve. I just wanted to point out to you that you had no clue what you were talking about. This is a blog to focus on the issues that are wrong with the sheriff’s office. You need to understand that our upper management i.e. Denny Anderson, Bill Vaughn, Neil Schultz is breaking the law. Average Joes like you and I would be doing jail time for the things that our sheriff and his boys and girls, (didn't want to leave you two out Lt. Brooks and Sgt. Cook) have done. So if you have something constructive to add to this blog please post, otherwise don't sit on the sidelines and throw your silly, uniformed comments in, Ok buddy. If I can just give you last piece of advice, sit back and enjoy the blog because this is only the tip of the iceberg. If anbody else has more information just keep pouring it on. You all have done great thus far.
Rocko

Anonymous said...

This post appears to be the cumulative effort of about 10-20 disgruntled employees. It is safe to say the views presented here do not represent the opinions of the majority of the employees at Polk County who enjoy their jobs. And lets review what it means to be a disgruntled worker. You know who they are. They stand around in booking doing nothing letting everyone else carry them, then they cant figure out why they work housing 5 days a week. They make stupid mistakes, they call in sick constantly, they put a lot more energy into complaining than to actually working. And then, after disciplinary action after disciplinary action, they get fired or suspended. Then they complain that others, who make fewer mistakes and are harder working, arent given the same punishment. Or, they complain about things that happened back in 1977. They think that if their lives are miserable, then everyone else should be too. Miserable people suck. They are the people who stiff a waitress on an entire tip for one mistake. They are the ones who didnt get invited to the party so they blow the whistle on it. They are the people with no social skills, and they cant figure out why no-one wants to be around their miserable asses. They are people who never raise a finger to advance their career, then wonder why they dont get promoted, or dont get the assignment they want. They are the people who arent getting laid, then they think other people should get fired for sex. Guess what, nothing about the sexual harrassment laws say that consenting adults cant make nasty just because they work together. So to the people who are posting here, buy some new clothes, put on some deoderant and go out there and find your life, its out there waiting for you somewhere, but not at work. One last thought, the internet should only be used for its intended purpose, mass quantities of free porn, who in their right mind uses it for blogging? Right Matzdorf??

Anonymous said...

LETS NOT FORGET ABOUT MARVIN PEE-PEE WILSON. BUT DEPUTIES MAKE JUST AS MANY MISTAKES AS SUPERVISORS, LETS BE FAIR, STEALING MONEY, SCREWING INMATES, SHOOTING UNARMED PEOPLE, STEALING PURSES AND CELLPHONES, SHOOTING AT INMATE WORKERS, SURFING THE PORN AT WORK. ALL TRUE, ALL DONE BY DEPUTIES. POINTING THE FINGER AT SUPERVISORS IS WRONG. ALL HUMANS HAVE THE CAPACITY TO MAKE MISTAKES AND BREAK THE LAW, THATS WHY WE HAVE LAWS IN THE FIRST PLACE. POLICE OFFICERS ARE STILL HUMAN LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. LET HE WHO HAS NEVER PLAYED SOLITARE AT WORK CAST THE FIRST STONE.

Anonymous said...

Somewhere, someone asked the question about Anderson & Johnston and their whereabouts. Johnston has been down in Osceola for the past several years remodeling his pawn shop building, built a new house, remodeled a old gas station into a office complex and is in the mist of doing another gas station into a office complex. Word is he has spent ALOT of time down there, according to the locals. Anderson is living / spending a lot of time in a home over in Chariton (he bought months ago)on the country club lake (common knowledge amongst his neighbors). Anderson and Johnston have/are been partners in land purchasing / selling. Check the assessors records of any county in central southern Iowa

Anonymous said...

Wasnt for sure about the Joe's pawn shop, and if thats true, and with all the other missing items from certain seized and improperly sold items, I wonder what all the pawn inventory consists of since that is mostly a cash & carry business.

Anonymous said...

Never has looked good to me when cops get in to the Pawn business.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone remember this old saying from the PCSO jail?

" We work with a bunch of scum bags that will cut your throat and stab you in the back in a split second, then there is the inmates "

Anonymous said...

Here is way you all can maybe make something happen about all this,
everybody print this entire blog off and mail copies to the Department of Justice in Washington, DC., The DCI,Attorney Gen. Office, all local news and media, 60 minutes,
Date Line, Nightline, Montel Williams, Heraldo Rivera, etc.
It may cost us all $20 bucks but
If they all get several copies of the same thing, maybe they will look into all this and expose it for what it is.
Surely someone will here our crys for help. Mine are going out today.
I spent yesterday making my own copies but if you make just one, and go to a copy center, they can do it very cheap and fast.

Anonymous said...

does anyone know / remeber what the name of the guy was that got killed on the motorcycle on NE56th?
Somebody needs to get a hold of his family and send them a copy of this blog with all the info on Joey Simon's actions in that case.

Anonymous said...

His name was Jimmy Foulk and he owned Jimmys Art Shop,
He was 38 or 39 years old and his wife's name is Val.

Anonymous said...

Before you contact that family, and stir up their emotions again, please think and check out your sources. They have had a very hard time with all this and you better know what you are talking is truth concerning this situation before you do something hurtful. I do NOT work for the PCSO and I just happen to know both families involved. I know what the blog says is not truth. GET YOUR STORY STRAIGHT BEFORE YOU INFLICT PAIN ON THE INNOCENT! I am speaking of the greiving family as the innocent one.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Anonymous (1:18pm). I do not know the families involved, but I know what it's like to lose someone. Please, Please, Please don't do anything stupid, unless you are 150% sure of what you are talking about. Death is not something to be taken lightly just because you are angry at someone else.

Anonymous said...

You are all right. I am not sending anything to the family. I am only getting all 43 I can for the right agency.
I have alredy gotten notarized statements from others at the scene on 9-20-05. And not just L.E.
& EMS.

Anonymous said...

PS: Ive been working on this along time anyway. But until now, nobody wnated to confirm anything about how things were handled on the inside.

Anonymous said...

Just call me Concerned Citizen (CC):

It appears that several subjects are trying to minimize the affect of this blog by calling it untruthful and filled with inaccurate info. If this is the case, isnt it the responsibility of PCSO Management and the Polk County Supervisory Board to investigate allegations and prove that they are fact or fiction.

If any of these allegations are not true, they could result in some sort of civil lawsuit. SO if you are posting non-factual information, your day will come.

However, if this information is factual, and you have some of these allegations confirmed, how can you not take the entire blog seriously.

It is also my understanding that one of the situations, that is listed in the blog, is about to proceed in court in the near future. If this is accurate and takes place, you could have PCSO Deputies testifying for both the prosecution and defense, basically against each other. How does that help the reputation of the PCSO.

Also, the jail ownership issue is huge as it is a Serious Conflict of Interest if true.

Lastly, it sounds like my tax dollars are being wasted in huge amounts. From the Chief who oversees the operation of a bldg to promotions that may have went to deputies that may have not been the most qualified applicants.

Calling 10 -20 employees disgruntled without fully investigating the alleged incidents is unprofessional. If any deputy acted in a unprofessional or illegal manner, it should be made known to the public since I am your employer.
How many DEPUTIES are there, approx. 100, so you are willing to automatically discredit 10% - 20% of your workforce and call them disgruntled without following up on these allegations. Who is helping who there.

I want this department to restore my faith in it. So look into these allegations and take appropriate action. Otherwise, as a member of the public, I will hope a 3rd Party investigates this and discovers what is truth and what is fiction.

CC

Anonymous said...

Dear CC,
You are right on track. However,
living the PCSO life means watching the messengers be illiminated one at a time, which instills fear in any other potential whistle blower.
They have it down pat !!!

John Doe said...

To Anonymous who said...
"does anyone know / remeber what the name of the guy was that got killed on the motorcycle on NE56th?
Somebody needs to get a hold of his family and send them a copy of this blog with all the info on Joey Simon's actions in that case."

Please set forth in detail what is meant by "Joe Simon's actions in that case" what was allegedly done that should have been done - what was concealed or handled inappropriately. What information was not disclosed or included in the investigation report?

John Doe said...

In response to Anonymous (3:21PM) who said...
"You are all right. I am not sending anything to the family. I am only getting all 43 I can for the right agency.
I have alredy gotten notarized statements from others at the scene on 9-20-05. And not just L.E.
& EMS."

----My question is What do the notarized statements say? Who gave the statements?

Big Brother said...

Not to get off the subject at hand...BUT.... can anyone tell me why the county charges applicants for Detention Officers $15.00 for "cost of examination"????? and must be paid in CASH!!!!! lets see...i dont believe any other police depts charge to apply for a position with their dept. also being a ex employee at the PCSO i know for a fact that all background checks, etc.. are done on duty by personel in the fingerprint dept (hey Jeff, Nancy)!!!! so im thinking that if there are 150-200 applicants @ $15.00 a person...somebody is making a good amount of change somewhere!!!! so does the county charge for people applying for a painters job or to work in the mail room at the admin bldg??? why only charge for detention officers/deputies applicants??

Big Brother for Sheriff!!!!!

Anonymous said...

To Big Brother: I know they don't take checks because undoubtedly some of them would be bad. Why don't you call the Treasurer's Dept. and ask how many hundreds (sometimes thousands) of dollars they get in returned checks weekly. Each returned check costs the county about $25 in bank fees. Add that up! I'm assuming the $15 charge is to cover the cost of paper for the written part of the exam and cover the cost of employees around for the both the written and physical part. Other jobs in the county that you apply for are just a basic application with a resume. No running up stairs or a lengthy exam. Try thinking about that before asking another OFF THE WALL QUESTION! But as they teach you in school...No question is a stupid question!

Anonymous said...

Big Brother - I know for a fact that other departments do charge a fee. I've seen it in the $20-25 range. They use the money to pay for the cost of the test. They don't get the test for free. The test doesn't print itself. Only a certain number of the people that apply are going to be hired, so why would the county pay for them? Weigh it out, $15 for a test and the potential of almost a $40,000 salary or don't pay the $15 and stay working at your current dead end, less paying job. Hmmmmm...what would you pick?

Big Brother said...

Thanks...but like i said being an ex-employee at PCSO that has participated in giving the physical tests....we got paid overtime for helping!!!
also i have applied over the yrs at several local departments..and i never had to pay to apply to test...
dont get me wrong i appreciate your answers and i understand about the returned checks or whatever but like i asked... is it not a double standard to charge some but not others.... i mean most info on the application is the same as a "basic application"!!
i guess the point was missed in my "OFF THE WALL" question!!

Anonymous said...

To Big Brother - You just said that you got paid overtime - doesn't that cost extra money to the Sheriff's Office budget? Maybe they aren't charging enough according to what you said. I guess I'm not seeing your point about the "double standard" Obviously you aren't seeing my point either! As I said other departments don't have actual written exams and physical tests. Obviously that would cost less than for the Sheriff's Office. Maybe some charge and some don't. I'm not sure, but that's like anything else. Some stores will charge $1 for something and some other store charges $1.50. 'Tis the way of the world.

Anonymous said...

The $15.00 is to cover the costs of the written test that is mandated by ILEA ...... it is common for many agencies to charge for the test. It is sent back with the tests or you don't get back your results. Some agencies eat the cost of the test.
The name of the company is Standard & Associates or very similiar.

Big Brother said...

Thank you (10:42)!!!

(10:29)..the Money ($15) goes to the County not the Sheriffs Office or employees of the PCSO!! Forget it...i see your easily confused!!!!

Anonymous said...

Here is some interesting info:

Bridewell Detention Center is located in Bethany, Missouri.
It's approximately a two hour drive from Des Moines, Iowa or Kansas City, Missouri. Bethany has a population of about 3500 people.
Bridewell Detention Center is privately owned by a group of investors from Polk County (Des Moines Iowa). There are other facilities also owned by the same group in North Missouri. Recently another Facility in Pattonsburg, Missouri was sold to Dekalb and Daviess Counties in Missouri. They will still house inmates from Polk County Jail. Bridewell receives all inmates from Polk County Jail in Des Moines. It houses around an average of 250 inmates all male all minimum to medium security clearance. The facility has 4 pods aka housing units that bed up to 60 inmates per pod. They plan on building a couple more buildings
around the same area of property coming soon.

Information:
Bridewell Detention Facility
4203 Roleke Dr.
Bethany, MO 64424
Frank Scarcello - Warden
(660)425-7663

Anonymous said...

The " County Shuffle" has been going on for years. Being an investor in a privately owned " Gray Bar Hotel " is just good business for an investor.
However, Iowa has a law that does not allow private prisons.
Legislature has screwed Iowans because this is all monies that could be spent and invested in our own State, creating jobs, tax base on dollars spent in local economies, etc.
Now if the investors have direct ties to the County, before ground was broke on buidling the facility then that does not pass the smell test either.
THe general public would cringe at the amount that has been spent over the years housing inmates all over the midwest.
The tax payers must realize that when a bond comes up for a vote, they should pass it becuase their spending tax dollars outside Polk County anyway. It almost like a forced option, but keep the $$$ local.

Anonymous said...

WHile we are on this inmate housing issue and having been employed by PC, It was my understanding that when the current jail was built several years ago, the entire jail was to have AC also, and it was built with the intention that it culd be enlarged, upwards, in the future.
However, someone got the brain storm to put the AC and other mechanicla units on the roof, thus quashing any potentail for any addition in the future.
ANd I may add, by the time it was compledted, it was already to small. It was built for the imeadiate needs of the county and not for the future.
SO I hope as they build the new one, the build it for the future needs instead of last years!!!

Anonymous said...

I don't understand most of this blog page. I think that there are very serious issues here. If we are talking about such things as covering up OWI/vehicular homicide investigations to protect certain interests why would you not be outraged at that? Instead, I hear you being upset about why the PCSO charges fees to potential employees and why they can't write checks. This all seems very petty! If actions were inappropriately taken by investigators, and deputies I think it should be a "duty" for someone to get to the bottom of it and let it be known. Corruption comes in many forms and produces many actions, but if this is true, those of you that know about it and haven't said anything are enabling the corruption.I would like to think that we are at least paying some people to uphold the laws.

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous ( 9:08 )

Here, here, you got it. But notice too, WHO Tv hasnt done naything either.
Even if KCCI TV 8, were to see this blog, I doubt thye would do anything becasue Neal Schultz works for them too in the AM doing traffic reports.
There is safety in numbers and someone does need to reach down and find a pair and do something.
If its true , then break it off in who ever is responsible, but at least do something to either bring it all out in full light of disclosure no matter what the results.
Someone once said " a secret is best kept between 3 people, as long as 2 of them are dead"
I am not in any position to do something or I would.

people_with_strong_ethics said...

i can assure you that all of the local media is reading this... but no one will do anything with it because it is all allegations. No one has hard core proof. If someone could get hard evidence to the media, it would start something.

The media really likes it when they have someone to talk to in person... and my money is on that no one inside the confines of county employment will meet with the press.

While I respect and understand that the county employees are afraid of retaliation... you would think that if someone actually knew for a fact that the allegations of covering up a vehicular homicide were true, that their since of duty to the job would step in before fear of retaliation...
I mean the Dallas County Deputies called the man out for taking some cash... but when someone is killed, you are afraid of retaliation.

Anonymous said...

To all readers

This blog site has become severely rigodd@#$diculous. My family and I, and others I have spoken with can't wait until WHO decides to pull the plug. Why pull the plug you might ask? Well here it is

First you have ex-employees bad mouthing this fine agency that they once worked for. Ex-employees could either be retired individuals, or employees who decided to quit. For those employees who decided to quit, you are considered an ex-employee for a reason. Most likely you couldn't avoid the "speed bumps" along the way, you opened your mess kit and decided to take a crap in it, something fell out of your pants and you stepped all over it. Instead of the pcso firing you they gave you an option to quit. You decided to quit, since being fired from government employment would follow you the rest of your working life you didn't want your name to be considered as mud. You were given an option you didn't deserve. So its not a shoke that you sit back and spread, or start rumors about the agency you once worked for because deep inside yourself you know you screwed up a good thing, and you still wish you worked here, but since you don't all you want to do is spread, or start RUMORS.
For retired employees who have decided to mad mouth the agency they once worked for, heres an idea for you. You know that retirement check you get once a month, I'm sure each time you receive it, it probably reminds you of the "terrible agency" you once worked for,and has to open old wounds for you. So why don't you just avoid all of that and donate your retirement to charity. That would surely put you in a better state of mind. Yeah, that's what I thought. You would rather sit back and start or spread rumors, because when you were employeed with the pcso you were in the 1%

Second, to any current employess of the pcso who decided to bad mouth their fellow co workers on this blog site, you are lower than whale shit. You are the type of person who would smile in a persons face, tell them it's raining, while you are pissing on their back. Thats the cloth you are cut from. But let me tell you, your in the minority. 99% of the employees don't share your narrow minded views. I just wonder if your terrible attitude has any effect on your quality of work, or if it shows to the citizens of this county who PAY YOUR SALARY. I would tell you to quit your job and gain employment at McDonalds, but you wouldn't do well there either because of the "politics" Once the manager would tell you that you couldn't run the frier you would probably say it's because the manager is "sleeping with someone" or "building a house next to someone" or how management is so "corrupt". If your part of this 1% you need to go inside your head and unf@#$ yourself. Just think, the person you start or spread rumors about today, may be the person who would make sure you make it home to see your family if shit ever goes south.

Third whistle blowers. Hey whistle blowers I've got something you can blow on but lets start with this. I heard this woman jumped into the spillway at saylorville. In her backpack were photos of a politician having sex with bigfoot. Will you please jump in after her and retrieve those photos. I heard she jumped in from him, who heard it from her, who heard it from him when he was drunk, so it has to be the truth. Whistle blowers, if you want to blow the whislte on something, blow the whistle on the amount of children who don't have adequate clothing for the winter months, then do something about it. But you won't, you'll continue to blog about rumors while the true civil servants will take care of that!

I noticed in the news paper that a United Nations rep was expelled from Kenya over comments he made on a blog. But in this country we have rights jack, thanks to people like the vet, Frisk, E.K, T.S, V.D, HOP, Dickbush and millions of other individuals who have and will continue to protect this country and our rights.

So go ahead and blog, even if they're rumors, lies, and exaggerations. Then look in the mirror when you are done and realize what you see is what you are.


signed
frontwards and backwards

Anonymous said...

besides the cover up of the owi, how simon was promoted is a good indicator. has it ever concerned anyone that promotions and certain jobs are given to a "special" group of people (all the ex-dmpd officers that seem to be getting chiefs jobs)

Angie said...

For the person who made the comment about alluding to people shouldn't talk bad about the police because they keep us safe...well, I think there are plenty of people who can keep us safe without being corupt. Besides, it is their job to keep us safe. In case you forgot, they are getting paid to keep us safe. They are not getting paid for people to just shut up and only say nice things about them even if they are doing things that are illegal. I am not part of the inside group. In fact, I am not even from Polk County, but you all should be ashamed for allowing these things to continue happening. It is a disgrace to the government, a disgrace to the taxpayers and a disgrace to our state. When will something be investigated??????

Anonymous said...

Just for clarification, just because someone says, or writes, something, doesn't make it true. AND just because something is said often and by many people doesn't make it true. Some folks look for reasons to justify (or excuse) their own inadequacies and failures by "sharing" what they think they think is true. Let me just say, each of us is one of two things, we're either part of the problem, or we're part of the solution. I choose to be part of the solution.

Anonymous said...

DEar Frontwards & Backwards,
I am truly impressed, did you actually come up with all that yourself? I think the entire blog is filled with genuine and qualified reasons for being anonymous and you just proved all our cases. Thank You.
Because it is attitudes like yours that make our concerns, shall we say " accredited ". Former employees, retired , ex, or what have you, can finally feel safe by expressing their outrage at what they have lived or forced to live because of the price of provinding for their family. I havent seen anybody complilan at the wages, I know they are as good as they come and in some cases, gross over payment for certian positions is the case. And as far as donating retirement checks ? For what some have lived and been forced to put up with the monthly check should be alot more. And since you also said your so sure WHO TV will pull the plug on this blog, makes me wonder maybe if and what county computer you are using and from who's office ?
But you set back, read what you have wrote, over and over, stroke your own ego and rest assured that
your posting will be noted.

Anonymous said...

Ref. Bridewell Detention Facility,
Still doesn't answer the original question - since the detention facility has been in operation - is there or has there been any PCSO employees as investors or sit on any boards? A business as such, does not just spring up without any imput of any type, somebody within the corrections field thought up this business opportunity.

Anonymous said...

Once a person is gone and for what ever reason from PCSO, they become "damaged goods" if they are
critical of the office.
Right ????????????????? NOT !!!

Anonymous said...

Ref: Bridwell Det. Facility
Since it is State Law that any expenditure over $25000 requires a formal bidding process, I wonder how the bidding process worked in this instance? Obvioulsy this too should be checked out now as any payments made to that facility are PUBLIC RECORD if they rae paid through Polk County.

Anonymous said...

Are you kidding me--PCSO take bids for anything?? I know of an ex-DMPD Officer that is also a PCSO Reserve that is on with the Prison in Bethany. He dumped some cash in to that and everyone knows it. Isn't it amazing since Angela Connely became part of the Board of Supervisors her husband business has grown by leaps and bounds. I'm sure they took bids for him too...ya right. Towing services were never bid on...just someone who paid alot to the campaign and someone who was a Reserve Deputy. Now that that towing company has maybe made a mistake, they take bids but dont' include that towing service. I'm sure glad she gave her heart and soul to the PCSO only to have them turn their backs on her once it was brought to their attention (as if they didn't know it had been goiing on for years!!!)

Big Brother said...

hey "frontwards and backwards", i think you forgot one reason..some people decide that maybe its just time to make a career change...DUHHHHH!!!! why you just assume negative when someone quits? i worked for the PCSO and also am ex-military and fought in war so dumbass's like you have the right to your speech. BUT those of us who have worked there know the dirt that goes on there and thats makes us credible witnesses..not spreading RUMORS!!!!
so normally i would say "have a nice warm cup of SHUT THE FU%# UP" but feel free to write whats on your mind..and the rest of us will correct you!!!!

Anonymous said...

To McDole-Parkins & Stahowick:
Believe it or not, you have the power to unleash some of Pandora's Box and other things to come.
Join the ranks and spill what you know. We all know how it is and you can now be a part of the solution.
And dont think for a minute someone may not already be planning to ask some questions of you to test your honesty, and not your loyalty. THere is a difference
Good Luck

Anonymous said...

RE: McDole-Parkins & Stahowick,
Here are 2 very dedicated and caring deputies of the sheriffs office, who followed the procedures from years and years before them, and where are they? Charged with felonies. What a crock!
Then we have a certain deputy who falsified records (LIED) about his own shoots during his qualifying.
Then his partners on the metro team, after hearing about all this didn't trust him be their backup, so they gave the ultimatum that either he goes or they all go. Is that how it went Doug Miller?
So, the sheriffs office let him continue to be a firearms instructor and let him go back on the street as a patrol deputy. hmmm What is wrong with this picture?

Kerry said...

Concerning the comment:
"Still doesn't answer the original question - since the detention facility has been in operation - is there or has there been any PCSO employees as investors or sit on any boards? A business as such, does not just spring up without any imput of any type, somebody within the corrections field thought up this business opportunity."

Originally Pattonsburg held prisoners for PCSO and initially they did a good job. BUT, they then began to flub on making mandatory rounds to make sure prisoners were OK, didn't want to take care of any prisoners with medical problems, didn't separate prisoners when fights happened, etc. The Bridewell INVESTORS knew of this and put their money together and built Bridewell.

Too, I believe, Bridewell initially had a lower per diem rate on holding prisoners so it wasn't rocket science that most of the what PCSO had in Pattonsburg was transferred to Bridewell. When you're talking about $45 or whatever it is per day to hold a prisoner, their is no bid process. It is simply a matter of using the facility. PC doesn't have the Jasper Co jail put bids in, nor do they have the Nevada facility put in bids, they just use it.

So, as far as the requirement to put in bids, it doesn't happen. BUT, if the person that knows a certain reserve deputy did put in money for Bridewell, then NAME HIM!!!! Give the investigators something to go on!!!

Anonymous said...

OH MY GOD--ENOUGH OF BRIDEWELL--CHECK WITH DREW BURHAM!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

i took think that the focus on the original issue has been fogged. from an outsider looking in i would like to know more info on some of the original issues or others like it regarding law enforcement personel and inapropriate conduct.

Anonymous said...

Anyone know whats up with Shane Greco,I thought he was due back.

Anonymous said...

Thats a good question,rumor has it alot of stories{supervisors}were switched during this one.If these rumors are true the media would have something here.

Anonymous said...

I THINK YOU ALL ARE A BUNCH OF DAMN CRY BABIES, IF YOU DONT LIKE THE JOB YOU ARE IN, OR YOU DONT LIKE THE PEOPLE YOU WORK FOR, LEAVE IT. LET SOMEONE THAT IS WILLING TO DO THE JOB A CHANCE. QUIT YOUR DAMN COMPLAINING.

Anonymous said...

Shane Grego won his initial appeal but PCSO if appealing that.

Anonymous said...

On what grounds? They must not have been satisfied with how they screwed him the first time.Wonder if they can remember what stories they told the first time.

Anonymous said...

you obviously are unable to find a peace officer job so you have no understanding of the stigma that goes with it.
well allow me to school you. it ain't cops and it ain't dirty harry. so if you can't tell me what it tastes like,(those in the know will get that) them shut your mouth and enjoy your job a burger king or prairie meadows or whatever. and next time i see you pickiing up cans along the ditches maybe i won't try to run you down

Anonymous said...

Someone please post the Shane Grego story for all to see.
Especially the media.
Obviously, if some tpe of hereing yis in place, Civil Service by chance ?, It would be of great interest to see if the prodeedings
went like it did a few years ago for someone else and if the same course of conduct by PCSO, held true to form during these proceedings.
Now keep in mind, Grego is now damaged goods too and even if he does win, it will just be a matter of time before something else is trumped up on him or he gets set up.

Anonymous said...

Grego,
You are now a target for more retaliation. WIN, then spill everything you know. Or Better yet,
Start spilling it now so they cant say your not credible if you dont win.. THen take em for a civil ride. !!!!
And another way to DOCUMENT, is to write your own report on everything you know, seal it well and mail it back to yourself, certified but never open it until the time is right and in front of the right people.
That way it will be post makrked and that confirms te date you wrote what in it so to show it couldnt have happened on a whim or because your pissed.
JUST DONT OPEN IT UNTIL THE RIGHT AGENCY IS SETTING THERE WITH YOU.

Anonymous said...

hey 12:06am, just remember the next time you bring your sorry ass into a restaurant, I might be the one making your food!!! so get off your high horse and get a clue, bad things go on everyday in offices all over, not just at the pcso, but thanks for the entertainment, now I can see why law enforcement never smiles, because they have it so much worse than anyone in the world

Anonymous said...

If someone from the media would interview the civil service commission about all the lies that have been told by management in the last two incidents then most of whats been said in these blogs would need no validation.Supervision is no better,when they get caught in a lie they blame their boss.They say they were told to lie.Sound familar ? I've heard a couple have even went back in and admitted they were told to lie to get the next promotion.I fact one is even accused of tearing up to the civil service commission.So as long as this kind of behavior is accepted problems with the department aren't going to get any better.

Anonymous said...

hey 1144 am, see i was right you are a burger slingin wanna be.

you don't know what its about so you have no say.

if this debate was about how b.k. should supply you with free clearasil because you need to work the fryer in order to feed your family , then by all means have your say, but it's not!

so go fill the ketchup bottles and clean the bathrooms while we discuss issues meant to clean up some misconduct in a govermental agency that could directly effrect you and your 5 illigitamate kids.

Anonymous said...

dearest 12:08pm with your attitude, no wonder you have issues,no matter what my occupation is, at least I'm not ashamed of what I do for a living, by the way no kids here, so same goes for you, you have no say!!!!!!!!! so redirect your anger towards pcso issues, I'll just sit back and be entertained

Anonymous said...

What we have here is a bunch of detention officers who always wanted to be real police officers but dont have what it takes. So now they feel inadequate and they criticize the work of real police officers concerning topics they dont even understand (Owi traffic fatalities). And all it takes to become a member of the "special" good old boys group is getting promoted. Because when a person gets promoted it reminds the unpromotable (detention officers) what a dead-end job they are stuck in, babysitting adults. Conspiracy theorists and people with runaway imaginations and low IQ's are what we have here on this blog. And anyone with a detention officer uniform on should have a sign on his back that says "Either my attitude, intelligence, behavior, past mistakes, overall outlook on life or personal opinions prevent me from becoming a real police officer, and I blame other people." Dont worry, members of the public reading this, our detention officers meet minimum standards and are locked up with the inmates, so they dont represent the professional persons we have answering 911 calls, pulling your loved ones from burning cars, watching over your houses at night, writing your 16 year old son speeding tickets to remind him he's being unsafe and the miriad of other services we provide. Individuals who display any sign of serious lack of moral judgment are punished and move on to a lucrative career complaining on blogs while they ignore the drug dealers, rapists and child molesters they are supposed to be babysitting. Being a detention officer is a hard, unwanted, crappy but neccesary job, thats why we pay high school graduates $20 an hour to do it, more qualified people work at Principal and Allied making $20 bucks an hour at a low stress job, pushing paper with no conflict and pleasant surroundings.

Anonymous said...

Dont worry, not all of us Deputies feel the same way the idiot above does.It must be nice to be as good as he thinks he is.

Anonymous said...

HEY FRONTWARDS AND BACKWARDS, YOU ARE BACKWARDS ON MOST OF YOUR COMMENTS. IF YOU DONT LIKE WHAT YOU READ ON THIS BLOG DONT READ IT. SAME GOES FOR THE FAMILY. TELL THEM THAT WHEN THEY COME SEE YOU AT VISITATION. HEY WHEN DID INMATES START GETTING ACCESS TO THE INTERNET?

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah 4:17 you're just a big poopy pants! Grow up.

Anonymous said...

you know this blog was great when it first started. I knew it was too good to be true. we have ganged up on each other, instead of putting the administration on notice here. i hadn't looked for a couple of days and i look today and only a few more comments had been added. we lost it guys!!! we were winning and we blew it!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I too had not checked in for a few days. Dropping the ball is what always happens and what is counted on by PCSO. They know everything will blow over if they just wait it out.
So those of you that blew your load in the start of this. RE Group, address the problem throug the correct channells and get back on this horse and ride it like you stole it !!!! Dont let em up now, you all truley have the power but your loosing it fast.
band togeter and drive this ball home. If you do not, things arent going to get any better and you will only have yourselves to blame.
Dont be a flash in pan, DO SOMETHING or shut the hell up.
YOu see this blog is still here even after someone early on wrote they placed a call and iyt was all going to go away. SOmeobody must be watching closly but they need , real wrm bodied to spill their guts with fatual information.
So do what your have taken an oath to do, otherwise you are no better than the rats your turning on. In fact your worse.

Anonymous said...

anyone agree with me we need a new administration....starting at the Sheriff. We cannot keep the current people in. The lies, cover-ups, and good ole' boy system will stay unless we, as a group, stand up and slap down this power play they have started. Lt. Holtz, don't even start reciting what Floyd Jones said---he was the start of everyone telling on each other to get up on the ladder. It has to stop. We have to group together, stand up for one another in order to be heard. I for one will be standing there--not make me do it by myself....

Anonymous said...

We have been shown how the Sheriff stands behind his staff. Re: Sgt Stahowick and Kathy, he didn't say a word about them until much later, then went on vacation while 2 of his people were facing felonies. Bury your head in the sand won't make it go away for these two. Anyway,I thought he was ill and had to leave due to an undisclosed illness after the first of the year...Must be wonderful he can go Elk Hunting with buddy Joe for a couple of weeks!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Fact of the matter is that even when Anderson retires in approximately 60 days, you will get a new sheriff. But no matter what there will still be cover ups. Sometimes it is in the best interest of the department not to air out its dirty laundry, and there are always two sides to every story.

No matter what you say, there will always be employees who are well taken care of by administration and those who are not. It is a fact of life.

I believe it is crap what is going on with the sheriff’s office, but it is not going to go away with a new administration. Even if you replace ALL of the command staff there will still be a good old boy attitude, just a different one.

Hopefully McCarthy can change some things up there when he is appointed Sheriff. But I am sure he will just be collecting a paycheck and retirement check and not looking to change the face and attitude of the PCSO... I mean who really would want to take on such a giant task? If you know someone... have them run for Sheriff.

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