So you want to run for Sheriff?
Phantom is going to change gears a little. All this talk about a new Sheriff got me wondering. What makes a good Sheriff and what advice is out there for anyone wanting to run for Sheriff?
The basic qualifications for Sheriff in Santa Clara County requires residency in the County and a POST certificate.
One Sheriff interviewed gave the following advice.
- Get involved in the community. It’s the right thing to do.
- Have a good resume.
- Don’t take campaign-related anger or frustration home to your family. They can’t make it better, and there’s no reason to make them hurt, too.
- Understand that you must raise substantial amounts of money. And know where you’re going to get it from.
- Cops generally don’t know elections. Have a good adviser; listen to him or her, and do what you’re told.
One Sheriff made the following comments when asked about what it is like running and holding the office of Sheriff.
- I would encourage anyone that would like to be elected to sheriff—or people who haven’t thought about it, but might want to do it in the future—to become prepared.
- The time to run for sheriff is not within a few months of the election.
- Sheriffs races are historically nasty races. It seems a candidate doesn’t just want to beat an opponent, but to indict them. Maybe it’s that way because what we do is investigate for a living. It just seems to be more prominent in law enforcement races.
- Being able to run the agency the way the public wants you to run it. Being the chief law enforcement officer in the county doesn’t give me more authority, just more responsibility.
This seems like sage advice even in the race for Santa Clara Sheriff. Who was the one giving this advice? It was none other than Sheriff Puppet Laurie. The advice comes from a 2005 article published at policeone.com.
So let’s look at how Puppet Laurie measures up to her own advice.
1. Get involved in the community: Puppet Laurie did this a long time ago and today, can not be found in any public forum where people can actually ask her questions. All of her speeches are scripted and sound exactly the same, never deviating and lacking any compassion, honesty, or feeling.
2. Have a good resume: 16 year incumbent, not known for any innovation since she took office, prizes budget cutting over public safety again and again, several failed investigations, several examples of preferential treatment to wealthy elites and celebrities, successfully alienated allied agencies, wasting taxpayer money by refusing to use local training facilities, promoting incompetent managers, managing by fear and intimidation, shall we continue?
3. Don’t take campaign-related anger or frustration home to your family. They can’t make it better, and there’s no reason to make them hurt, too: I guess subordinates are ok to take your anger out on? Puppet Laurie is rarely seen in the office and when she is, she “can’t trust anyone.” Might the real reason be no one trusts her after seeing her true spots over 16 years? Puppet Laurie is unable run the Sheriffs Office because she has lost all respect and trust.
4. Understand that you must raise substantial amounts of money. And know where you’re going to get it from: Puppet Laurie has been unable to raise anywhere near what she thought she could this year. In fact, the challenger has raised more than her and he is a virtual unknown. He never ran for any political office before now. Puppet Laurie and her ex-husband tried the arm-twisting method of the past and found it was not working this year. Now, they are trying the “poor me” routine and hoping to appeal to peoples pity in hopes of getting donations.
Based on the limited information available online the Phantom found the following:
Since July of 2013 Puppet Laurie has raised about $65,000.
Since July of 2013 her opposition has raised about $60,000.
No one will know the final numbers until the final filling period in July.
Puppet Laurie told the South Bay Labor Council she raised $243,000 in 2010 and was planning to raise $500,000 this election. Puppet Laurie isn’t even close. Another pipe dream, just like her ballot statement and “proven leadership.”
5. Cops generally don’t know elections. Have a good adviser; listen to him or her, and do what you’re told: Political consoler Rich Robinson has done a great (laugh!) job at running campaigns. Winners like George Shirokawa, Dianne Ritchie, and now Laurie Smith. It seems all the winners pick Rich. why is it Rich takes on these kinds of clients? Is Rich this bad or his client won’t listen?
The article at policeone.com shows more to the story. The article shows what other people interviewed said and Puppet Laurie did not.
“Determine why you’re running. Do you want the power or do you want to create a topnotch sheriff’s office? Is it ego or is it real?” (Dan Saban – Candidate, Maricopa County, Ariz. (Chief, Buckeye Police Department))
“Be truly committed to public service. You’re not an appointed bureaucrat; you’re here because the people put you here.”
“Never forget you’re a representative of the people.” (David A. Clarke Jr – Sheriff, Milwaukee County, Wis.)
“Approach the office with ethics, integrity, and leadership.” (Fred Wilson – Director of Training, National Sheriffs’ Association in Alexandria, Va.)
The next thing you are likely to see is Puppet Laurie lashing out at people who ask for answers. Once again, attacking the messenger instead of actually addressing the real issue.