That Rascally Sheriff (of Nottingham)
The new kid in town, the Sheriff of Nottingham, is no longer such a newbie. He seems well entrenched. I find myself getting up each morning to see what he has in store for us. Yes. He is entertaining and I think he is probably what every local government needs.
The board of county supervisors is a body very used to scratching the backs of each other. They will stab but when it comes to deal cutting, you can pretty much count on cooperation…to a fault. Then there are the pay backs. This one and that one will contribute to campaigns. Corey always has something going so he is probably has the most expertise at this shell game.
Then there are the employees. I have a policy that readers can criticize how an employee handles policy but no outright attacks on an employee. I have some folks here who hate me for that rule. However, public employees can’t just come on the blog and tell us what we can go do to ourselves, like an elected official can. Plus, those at the top have a real bad tendency (everywhere, not just here) of kicking criticism downstairs to a lower ranked employee. I know this happens. I also know employees have to do what they are told. Some of our county employees make real sweet money. Sure they are going to obey. Most serve at the pleasure of the board.
The birdies chirp. They are employees who are probably tired of being abused. The Sheriff has gotten wise about the use of birdies. He tells us his source is birdies which means …can’t be verified…or “rumor has it…” The deputies are another sort. They aren’t employees from what I can gather. They are the people who just glean information. Another good source. Some folks have time on their hands and will buzz here and buzz there, cross pollinating as they pick up information, deposit some here and some there.
The most important thing about the Sheriff’s work is he is providing the transparency that should be provided to the taxpayers. The supervisors now know that we are watching just a little closer, with the help of the Sheriff. County employees and in particular, the upper echelons know that they also might be highlighted by the sheriff. Sheriff just shines that big ole flashlight right on the problem, doesn’t he?
So, how do these folks avoid inspection by the Sheriff of Nottingham? Good governance and honesty would be a place to start. While the Sheriff is good entertainment, he provides a very useful function.
Be sure to check him out today. He lambasted the BOCS for not fixing the amendments. I agree 100% with the Sheriff. Once again they said SCREW YOU to us. He also complimented St. Peter …oops…Pete Candland and renamed him, Hurricane Pete for the change that has been brought in. He comments on each of Pete’s soon to be proposals. H/T to the Sheriff of Nottingham.