Friday, April 25, 2008

The Oddsmaker in the Silent Election – for OC Sheriff

OC Sheriff Candidate Kevin Keyes Responds

April 25, 2008

In a Jimmy the Greek impersonation, the local media calls Kevin Keyes and Bob Alcaraz “long shots” in what Santa Ana Police Chief Paul Walters calls the “Invisible Election”, whereby the Orange County Board of Supervisors will select a replacement for Sheriff Michael Carona,

After a tumultuous nine-year career as Sheriff, Carona was forced to resign after he was charged with conspiracy, mail fraud and witness tampering in a wide-ranging indictment that also implicates his wife, his “longtime mistress” and two former assistant sheriffs. The two former assistant sheriffs, Donald Haidl and George Jaramillo, had previously pleaded guilty to related charges as part of a deal with prosecutors. Jaramillo, who is currently serving a 12-month term on state charges, cooperated with federal investigators to bring the case against Carona,

Jimmy Snyder, known as "Jimmy the Greek," an oddsmaker and football personality who bought gambling to the forefront of televised sports

More recently, the OCSD has been dealing with a public relations nightmare after a grand jury report characterizes a culture where guards are so lazy, the inmates are allowed to run the county’s largest jail

Responding to the oddsmaking, Kevin Keys writes

I appreciate the OC Register listing me as a "long shot" leader. It simply means a greater return and larger reward for the people of Orange County.

Some of you as asking yourself, what is a private sector executive with 27 years of experience doing looking at replacing the old sheriff?

I have a deep felt sense of right, vs. wrong. Watching the Sheriff Carona disaster unfold before my eyes I could not believe how we the citizens and taxpayers were treated. It was not only unfair, it was unforgivable and we the citizens of Orange County deserved better. It just seems we have a long, long line of political corruption we just can't seem to get rid of. Couple that with the 8,000 pages of Grand Jury report and the recent OC Register column of a generation of corruption running our jails and it becomes obvious to the most casual observer there is desperate need for a change and for professional executives to take charge.

Einstein once said "you cannot get out of a situation, with the same mindset that go you into it in the first place." What that tells us is that entirely new blood is needed, a new view of the department and new view by the taxpayers of its sheriff department.

Some, maybe asking, what is he doing up there since he is not a sheriff and, if we put him there, can he work effectively with those officers, enforce our laws, manage our jails and work with our District Attorney?

The simple answer is we are not electing Marshal Matt Dillon any longer, the office of sheriff is a public office and I believe I can because, I believe the sheriff's department needs and honest man free of political baggage, experienced in business operations and committed to making Orange County a safer, happier and healthier place to grow up.

I also believe the department is no longer that "little" department it once was. It has expanded to and organization of over 600 million dollars in cost to the taxpayer, it has become a fortune 200 companies and needs to be run as a business accountable to elected leadership and the taxpayers not to the past 30 years of corruption and insider political trading it has become.

The rank and file officers need a new, honest sheriff focused on delivering on the mission statement of the department, which will not embarrass them again and bring back Pride to the Badge the hardworking sheriffs should have and the taxpayers expect.

You can make your voice heard in this silent election for OC Sheriff by attending the May 6, 2008 Board of Supervisors (BOS) Meeting at 9:30
It is expected that the BOS will be interviewing candidates on May 29, 2008

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