Fort Bend Sheriff loses more Contract Deputy programs

By LeaAnne Klentzman

Tempers flared and egos bruised last week as memos became public over the Sheriff’s loss of the largest part of the Cinco Ranch contract deputy program to Precinct 3 Constable Rob Cook.

In an exchange of emails that were leaked to the media just last week, Commissioner Andy Meyers is again seen interjecting himself into community associations’ business regarding Contract Deputy programs.

This is not the first time Commissioner Meyers has interjected himself into the law enforcement of the county. A few years back he was instrumental in getting Prescient 4 Constable Troy Nehls removed as service provider to the Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority. Even at the time, it was a thinly veiled attack on the constable on behalf of the sheriff and his chief deputy.

In the beginning of the Toll Road Authority contract, Precinct 4 was chosen after a presentation process. That worked for a couple of years until it became apparent that Precinct 4 Constable Troy Nehls was going to run against Sheriff Milton Wright’s heir apparent–his chief deputy. Onlookers watched as the scramble was on, and Commissioner Andy Meyers took point. He went so far as to publicly insult the county attorney and force the Toll Road Authority, which was happy with the services Nehls provided, to change to his crony the sheriff. Since then Meyers has interjected himself into all the contracts in his precinct, even holding up their ratification before commissioner’s court.

For the current sitting sheriff, the Contract Deputy program has been a pool of extra patrol staff. Since Wright took control of the Contract Deputy program, it has been fraught with problems and contentiousness. If an organization ever discussed changing from the sheriff’s office to a constable’s office, a nasty undercurrent began to move through the community. There were no public discussions about it for fear of retribution.

Well, last week a string of emails surfaced between a Cinco Ranch management company who represents the HOA, the commissioner for that area Andy Meyers, and the lame duck Sheriff Milton Wright. They even made the Channel 13 evening news.

In the emails, Meyers writes to the Cicno Ranch HOA representative that if they go with the constable, it might cost more money. The HOA rep acknowledges and says they will pay. In another exchange, Meyers writes, “May I know the reason for the change. This plays havoc with staffing for the two law enforcement agencies. Additionally, the Constable’s and the Sheriff’s deputies are on different radio channels. So, response times on calls will be affected. Could you please inform me of the date and time of HOA board meetings at which agreements with the County will be discussed and acted upon so that I can make the meeting, ” Andy Meyers’ email says.

Then on October 1, 2012 Sheriff Milton Wright sends this exact email to Meyers, Cinco Ranch HOA rep and several other county officials:

“Andy,

I(sic) will not make any difference to us, however, the citizens of Cinco Ranch will notice how long it will take us to respond to take a report. If you would make Cooks guys file reports

It sure would help so.(sic) instead of setting (sic) on the fender (sic) waiting on us, the constable could be filing a report

It is amazing to me that the HOA wants to pay more for less service We normally have 3 deputies working that precinct, (not counting the contract deputies) when we have the change over, I will be moving 2 of the 3 to other precincts which will dramatically effect (sic) the response time

I will be leaving on the 31st (sic) of December so get ready for your phones to light up

I am sure the new Sheriff will be able to handle it………..”

In two separate places in the email sent by Wright, he outlines to Meyers delayed response times and removal of taxpayer personnel from the area. That is the issue Meyers should be upset over, not who his constituents select to provide their community security with their HOA dollars. Taxpayer monies still provide deputy services to all citizens of Fort Bend County; especially residents who live in the unincorporated areas of the county.

EMAILS: 


From: Blackman, Jason Sent: Friday, August 31, 2012 2:03 PM
To: Meyers, Andy
Subject: RE: Contract Deputy Costs

Andy:

Please advise when I might receive revised contracts.  The CRPA Board meets next on 9/12/12 and I would like to have contracts in-hand at that time.

Thanks.

Best regards,
Jason Blackman
General Manager – Cinco Ranch
Severn Trent / PCMI


From: Meyers, Andy
Sent: Friday, August 31, 2012 2:28 PM
To: Blackman, Jason; Wright, Milton; Cook, Rob; Rangel, Michelle; Cordes, Roy; Sturdivant, Ed

Subject: RE: Contract Deputy Costs

Jason

It was my understanding that contract deputies would cost the same regardless of the law enforcement agency.  Our Auditor tells me that the independently elected officials can choose to use Contract Deputy personnel who are at the same pay grade but different pay steps.  Constable Cook’s deputies for the Cinco Ranch contract are at a higher step then the Sheriff’s deputies.  This different pay step results in the Constable deputies costing about $3000 per year per Deputy more than the Sheriff’s deputies.  The total cost difference equals about $12,000 for the year.

We will work with the Sheriff and Constables to try to pay all of the contract deputies the same salary.  However, we will not be able to resolve the issue before the contracts have to be approved for our fiscal year beginning Oct. 1st.  The county’s policy on contract deputy agreements provide that 95% of the county’s actual cost must be paid.

The cost for the Constable’s services is equal to 95% of the county’s actual cost.  Therefore, these contracts will not be revised.

Let me know if the board wishes to change law enforcement agencies.

Sincerely.
Andy Meyers


From: Blackman, Jason
Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2012 8:24 AM
To: Meyers, Andy; Wright, Milton; Cook, Rob; Rangel, Michelle; Cordes, Roy; Sturdivant, Ed
Subject: RE: Contract Deputy Costs

Understood.  I have briefed the Board and we will advise if and when there are changes.  Thank you.

Best regards,
Jason Blackman
General Manager – Cinco Ranch
Severn Trent / PCMI


From: Blackman, Jason
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2012 8:56 AM
To: Blackman, Jason; Meyers, Andy; Wright, Milton; Cook, Rob; Rangel, Michelle; Cordes, Roy; Sturdivant, Ed
Subject: RE: Contract Deputy Costs
Importance: High

Andy:

The CRPA Board met last evening and voted for the following:
Contracts 10/1/12 – 9/30/13:
Fort Bend County Sheriff  –  2 Deputies
Fort Bend County Constables – 8 Deputies
Please have the contracts that were sent 8/21/12 revised and resend for execution by the Board at their next meeting (9/26/12).

Thank you.

Best regards,
Jason Blackman
General Manager – Cinco Ranch
Severn Trent / PCMI


From: Meyers, Andy
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2012 4:50 PM
To: ‘Blackman, Jason'; Wright, Milton; Cook, Rob; Rangel, Michelle; Cordes, Roy; Sturdivant, Ed
Subject: RE: Contract Deputy Costs

May I know the reason for the change.
This plays havoc with staffing for the two law enforcement agencies.
Additionally, the Constable’s and the Sheriff’s deputies are on different radio channels.  So, response times on calls will be affected.
Could you please inform me of the date and time of HOA board meetings at which agreements with the County will be discussed and acted upon so that I can make the meeting.

Amy Meyers


From: Wright, Milton
Sent: Monday, October 01, 2012 4:36 PM
To: Meyers, Andy; Blackman, Jason
Subject: RE: Contract Deputy Costs

Andy,

I will not make any difference to us, however, the citizens of Cinco Ranch will notice how long it will take us to respond to take a report. If you would make Cooks guys file reports

It sure would help so. instead of setting on the fender  waiting on us, the constable could be filing a report

It is amazing to me that the HOA wants to pay more for less service We normally have 3 deputies working that precinct, (not counting the contract deputies) when we have the change over, I will be moving 2 of the 3 to other precincts which will dramatically effect the response time

I will be leaving on the 31st  of December so get ready for your phones to light up

I am sure the new Sheriff will be able to handle it………..

NOTE: No content in any email was changed.  What you are reading is exactly how it was written and distributed, only the nongovernmental email addressed have been removed.

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1 Comment for “Fort Bend Sheriff loses more Contract Deputy programs”

  1. CaptainHatchAct

    well, well, well…. it seems Sheriff “I lost my mind long ago” Wright has once again personified his arrogance and bully-ways towards the fine people of Cinco Ranch and surrounding areas. Someone should tell him that threatening to remove taxpayer services from them based on emotion or personal bias towards others is dangerously close to Official Oppression and Extortion. Lucky for those same taxpayers that he is leaving soon — someone call Lynchberg and Shiner because a party will be had. All I know is that it is unbearable here at the Office and everyone is back-stabbing everyone because no one trusts anyone … did anyone tell that to Commissioner Meyers?

    Interesting … I wonder why all these subdivisons and water districts are changing agencies from the sheriff’s office to the constables … perhaps it is lack of people not having any advanced education and college hours in management, or perhaps it is because they took people skills courses from Joseph Goebbels … or perhaps it is just people are tired of his “Sheriff of Nottingham” attitude, where he keeps the citizens fearful of removal of services. In the end, it really doesn’t matter because there are changes coming.

    Question: Why aren’t members of the public calling the Commissioner and asking him why he is involved an anything to do with law enforcement. Did I miss something? I wasn’t aware he was so well-versed on law enforcement or criminal justice practices … or has he been getting ill-gotten advise from people who think they know everything about everything, but really don’t know much about anything …. remember the Wizard of Oz? … “Do not go behind the curtain! There is nothing to see behind there” … I bet I know what is behind the curtain and it is time he is held accountable as well.

    More to come … stay thirsty my friends.

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