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Monday, June 23, 2008
Interview with Sheriff Hutchens an Utter Failure – Although Not a Waste.
June 23, 2008
The traps were perfectly laid out, the only thing required was for Sheriff Hutchens to trip and she would then have to agree to one or all of the following:
There is no 100 Days SMART Plan
There is no need to change the OSCD’s culture
The OCSD is running efficiently, hence additional safety costs more money
Political environment in contracted cities is the same as in private (CID) communities – aka as the Public Safety Orphan
There is strategy technology plan (including forensics)
The process used by the Orange County Board of Supervisors to come up with Magic Nine (number of candidates to interview), then with a “BMA score” of six, out of nine, jump to the Elite Two to finally select the new Sheriff, was severely flawed.
And the piece du resistance was to use the OJ Glove Analogy: Does the glove fit? That is, is the current OCSD organization and the Sheriff capabilities and ideal match, or a forced-fit.
Like a good cop, Sheriff Hutchens was able to disarm us with her excellent communication skills and apparent command of the issues. It is clear Sheriff Hutchens expects accountability throughout, starting from the top. She describes herself as consensus-driven transformational leader, and expect the rank and file to embrace change – those who do not will be opted out.
Although the Sheriff does not have a 100-Day plan, we are expecting to see a 120-Day plan shortly.
Given the time constraint and the “chat format”, we were unable to be as confrontational, err…. Make effective use of our watchdog journalism skills. The Sheriff knows her performance is now closely coupled to the political future of supervisors Moorlach, Bates and Nguyen. She appeared not to want to rock the boat with the OCDA’s office.
We did get to ask the Sheriff a rhetorical hypothetical question: If the initial list of candidates had included Hilary Clinton, Condalizza Rice, Carly Fiorina, General Collin Powel, who would have fared better against Sheriff Walters – Of course, the BMA matrix would have eliminated all the aforementioned with the exception of Sheriff Walters. On the other hand, we did not get to use our favorite line so far: We congratulate Sheriff Hutchens, we just hope she has not made any deals with the devil – although we hear the devil is jumping for joy!
All in all a journalistic failure – but not a waste of time – quite the contrary, a breadth of fresh air!
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