My bad…..Last week in this column I discussed the on-going fight between the sheriff’s department and the Fort Bend County Constables over which department gets to provide extra security for subdivisions willing to pay for it.
In the column, I said that many years ago, part of the fight started over a ticket one of then-Constable Hal Werlein’s deputy constables wrote to a resident. My memory was fuzzy and I said that current Constable Troy Nehls, who worked for Werlein at the time, was responsible for fishing the torn-up ticket out of the trash and gluing it back together and trying to get Werlein in trouble for destruction of a government document or some such charge.
When you’ve been in the newspaper business as long as I have, and covered as many political feuds over the past 33 years, you sometimes get the story confused.
It wasn’t Troy Nehls. I apologize for mixing him up with the couple of other deputies, one of whom, Scott Head, allegedly wrote the ticket to Pecan Grove resident Sandra Startz’s son for parking his car pointing the wrong way on a cul-de-sac. The deputy was supposedly friends with another young man who was fussing with young Startz, and Werlein felt that the deputy was using his office for a personal situation.
Shortly after that incident, Werlein got wind that Nehls was going to run against him so he fired Nehls. The county gave Nehls a job as a deputy on patrol in New Territory to keep Nehls from suing for wrongful termination. Shortly before that incident, the county lost a lawsuit when a group of deputies were fired by Sheriff George Molina when he took office. The county had already been gut-shot so it was being very careful.
All of this happened at about the same time, and over the years I assumed that Nehls was mixed up in the ticket tearing incident. Both he and Werlein say that is not so.
But it was the start of the battle of Sheriff Milton Wright to wrest control of extra security patrol from the constables.
Since Nehls was assigned to the sheriff’s department and started to work New Territory where he lived. The sheriff told Nehls shortly after Nehls was elected constable to keep his hand off the New Territory contract. Nehls lived in New Territory. His brothers lived in New Territory and one was on the board of the HOA which assigned the security contract. It wasn’t long after Nehls was elected that Constable Nehls’ department was asked by New Territory to provide their extra security.
The battle was on by the sheriff’s department which uses the extra monies provided by the subdivisions to buttress its budget. The sheriff can use a deputy it already has assigned to the area to patrol the paying subdivision plus any other subdivisions in the vicinity who are simply paying their taxes but no extra dues from homeowners for extra patrol. Many of the subdivisions who are paying the sheriff’s department for security patrol seldom see a deputy patrolling their area, according to reports I’ve heard.
The constables, on the other hand, provide a deputy constable, trained in law enforcement, to stay inside the subdivision where they have a contract and devote all their duties to that subdivision.
When the sheriff gets a contract it calls for the subdivision to provide a patrol car also. That means the sheriff’s department can take that car and use it all over the county, thus freeing up taxpayer cars for the sheriff’s buddy brigade. It seems to me that every person in the sheriff department, with the exception of patrol deputies, have a take home car.
The patrol deputies have to share theirs.
So when subdivisions hire the sheriff’s department to provide patrol of their subdivision, they are getting cheated. They are paying for something their taxes should already provide and they are getting a deputy who only stays in their subdivision part-time. It’s a racket.
But then, some of those guys on those subdivision board of directors get all dewy-eyed because the sheriff speaks to them.
I guess I’m a Republican…..The Republicans keep talking about job creators. I happened to think–I’m one of those. I create jobs for several people. Does that mean I have to be a Republican? Actually, I took a test not long ago and discovered that I lean more toward Libertarianism. Now pay attention. I didn’t say Lesbian, I said Libertarian.
Since we Libertarians have no representatives in congress, you can’t blame any of this mess on us. Yeah, that’s right. I’m a Libertarian.
Mamma always said, “Be careful where you walk”…..Although I’m sure their parents and other relatives are happy and I wouldn’t want to wish any bad on them, I can’t help but think those hikers who have been languishing in an Iranian jail were pretty stupid. What in the hell were they doing hiking in Iraq anyway? Did they think Iraq was a free country and they could do what they wanted? I’m sorry but I just couldn’t feel very sorry for them. Blame it on my Libertarianism.
Political prognostication…..Herman Cain will be the Republican VP pick, no matter who gets the nomination. It’s the Hail Mary pass, Sarah Palin thing.