By LeaAnne Klentzman
While we have said for years that there has been no adult supervision over at the Sheriff’s Office; since the primary when their heir apparent lost his bid to Constable Troy Nehls in the Republican Primary, the Sheriff’s Office has been a rudderless ship. Many employees have told the Star they are just trying to survive until the first of the year.
Tragedy is what again brings this leadership issue to the forefront. On the same weekend as Sheriff’s personnel were mourning the loss of one of their detectives and the hospitalization of another, a third was out playing bumper cars in the parking lot of a local beer joint. The fatal motorcycle crash is under the investigation of the Katy police department; the Star is still waiting to hear if alcohol played a factor in that accident. However, not far away in time or space was another incident involving sheriff’s personnel. In this incident a deputy was in the parking lot of a south central beer joint; off Crabb River Road near US 59. In this incident a deputy, who had been enjoying the adult beverages of the establishment, went to his truck and (depending on who you believe) cranked up a game of parking lot bumper cars, with at least 4 possibly 5 vehicles in the lot. He was not arrested, no report was taken, nor has any sanction or disciplinary action been taken against him.
This deputy was fortunate enough to have been shielded by his fellow co-workers that were providing security at the bar. According to insiders, those deputies called their bosses in the jail, which in turn called and had a patrol sergeant pick up Bumper-car deputy and take him home. Inquiries into this incident were made to Patrol Administrators; none were returned. Fortuitously, two of the Patrol administrators happened to be celebrating at a political function just days later. Imagine their surprise when they were asked about the incident. One puffed up and spat that “HE” did not talk to the media; the other laughed and said so what of it. As of today’s press deadline, over two weeks after both incidents, no action has been taken. Bumper- car deputy remains on patrol answering calls for service and issuing citations. Imagine his creditability the next time he takes the witness stand and one of the local attorneys ask him about Bumper-cars during a trial.
Leadership void is a misnomer; it is the sucking sound of a leadership vacuum!