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Tuesday, June 24, 2008
It is Official – it is Now Sheriff Hutchens to You Buster!
Now the OCSD have to contend with a self described consensus driven leader who wants to walk the talk – and she is talking loud and clear!
June 24, 2008
Sheriff Sandra Hutchens was sworn in as the 12th Sheriff of the County of Orange this morning, in a ceremony taking place on the steps in front of the Old County Court House, located at 211 W. Santa Ana Blvd, in Santa Ana.
As predictable, members of the Board of Supervisors, dignitaries, along with city and county officials, are in attendance to witness this historic event, along with unprecedented number of the members of the press.
During an interview with Sheriff Hutchens yesterday we asked her how she could manage to keep herself so calm, cool and collected - the staff surrounding her seemed as cool, but showed a lot of excitement!
She mentioned that she had started to work the minute she was named the new Sheriff by the Orange County Board of Supervisors. We suggested that perhaps she had been working much, much earlier than that. She agreed. This does not bode well for the dead wood lumbering across the OCS department, used to doing “simply what the law requires”, rather than commons sense and lots of heavy lifting.
Digressing, we previously posted that organizational culture can be viewed as the basic pattern of shared assumptions, values, and beliefs governing the way employees within an organization think about and act on problems and opportunities. Observable symbols and signs of an organization's culture include organizational stories and legends, rituals and ceremonies, language, physical structures and symbols. We used the examples of secret grand jury testimony where an Orange County sheriff's detective described a frat- house culture (see OC Register article) in the department, or a former jailed official sharing his “conquest book” – now the OCSD have to contend with a self described consensus driven leader who wants to walk the talk – and she is talking loud and clear!
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