Monday, August 11, 2008
DISCUSSION: WHO WILL BECOME STARK COUNTY'S SHERIFF COME NOVEMBER 4, 2008 - INSTALLMENT #5
This episode's issue raised by Larry Dordea's website:
THE SHERIFF IS NOT COMMITTED TO HIS JOB ON A DAILY BASIS.
In his face-to-face interview with the STARK COUNTY POLITICAL REPORT (The Report); something Dordea refuses to do even though he complains that The Report comments on his positions without knowing him, Swanson responded to the Dordea charge this way.
Swanson asserts he works on-the-job and not as a politician a full week's work without fail (double full week's work 60% of the time). The sheriff did tick off a series of activities that he says more than takes up a normal work week: taking citizens calls, handling complaints, checking on deputies activities out on road patrol, working on grant applications, coordinating with law enforcement agencies throughout Stark County, monitoring centralized 9-1-1, promoting the 800 radio system, working on budgeting issues and on and on goes the list.
No one would tell the sheriff he is not entitled to take a vacation. But The Report raises this question. Are there any circumstances under which the sheriff breaks off a vacation and returns to duty?
Readers will recall that Swanson was on vacation when the Jesse Marie Davis (Bobby Cutts) matter was dominating local headlines. Shouldn't the sheriff have broken off the vacation and returned to Stark County to take charge of the investigation?
Swanson responds by saying he has a very capable staff headed by Chief Deputy Rick Perez (brother of Stark County auditor Kim Perez) who was more than up to handing the matter. In fact, Swanson says - even if he had been in town during the Davis/Cutts event; Perez would have been the man-in-charge anyway.
The question: Does Swanson's absence during the most major criminal case in Stark County in recent times give credibility to opponent Larry Dordea's charge that Swanson is not committed to being sheriff on a full-time, daily basis?
Posted by Martin Olson at 8:27 AM