Investigative Reporter John Taft
Daniel Wins Election by Saying Heíll Provide Full Services: Without Asking Folks to Pay More Money!
Grants Pass, Or --The following article is from a campaign talk Dave Daniel gave before the Josephine County Taxpayers Association on October 15, 1998. Notice what the sheriff promised in 1998 before he was elected sheriff. Compare this to what he is saying now, in 2001. Did Daniel lie to wrest the office of sheriff from his opponent, Dan Calvert, the incumbent sheriff?
For the next fiscal year (2001-2002) Daniel has a budget of nearly $9 million. He is now asking for an additional $850,000. Daniel appears to have misled the voters of Josephine County and has taken the office of Sheriff from a better-qualified man. District Attorney Tim Thompson said in a letter to the editor prior to the 1998 election, that Daniel wasnít qualified to be sheriff.
Read the following statements Daniel made at the JCTA meeting and you decide if Tim Thompson was right. If Thompson was right then Daniel must be held accountable.
Note grammatical errors in word usage and mispronounced words such as gonna are not typos but as Daniel spoke the words in his campaign speech.
Promises Daniel Made in 1998 to get Elected Sheriff
"I intend to restore full police services to the residents of Josephine County without askin the citizens and the residents to pay more money to do it. Iím gonna do that by putting all available personnel back in uniform driving marked patrol units. Iím gonna put detectives back in uniform, not all of them because some detectives are on federal grants, and I canít touch them. But, thereís several detectives down there Iím gonna put in uniform. And Iím gonna put stars and light bars on their cars, on their unmarked cars. And in addition to doiní detective work theyíre gonna back up patrol and theyíre gonna respond to calls. Iím gonna put administrators back in uniform driving marked units includiní the sheriff. Iím gonna take that nice crown Vic he drives and put a star on it and put light bars on it. Gonna do the same thing with the other administrators. That doesnít mean theyíre not gonna do administrative work. Because theyíre gonna continue to do administrative work, but in addition to that they are gonna back up patrol and answer calls for service."
Protect and Serve the Public
"The primary duty of any law enforcement agency is to protect and serve the public. The primary unit of the law enforcement agency that does that is its uniform patrol division. These are the men and women out there answering your calls for service. Investigating your burglaries, investigating your thefts. When you have a cut like the sheriff took in 1995 of that uniformed partrol division, you have to sit down and figure out how can I best continue to serve the people of the county with what we have left? Well, after the layoffs in 1995 there was only nine patrol deputies left.
And the sheriff will tell you nine patrol deputies, how are we gonna get out and continue to respond to calls for service with nine patrol deputies? Canít do it. So he severely restricted calls for service to only life threatening emergency calls. Well, that wasnít the full story. Let me tell you the full story, because I was there. After the layoffs thereís four patrol officers left, four patrol sergeants, Iím sorry, left. Thereís certified police officers none ofíem laid off. Why werenít they told to get out and start answering calls for service? Thereís six detectives left after the lay offs all certified police officers, none of them laid off. Why werenít they told to get in uniform, get out and letís start answering calls for service?
Thereís four administrators left, the sheriff, the under sheriff, and two lieutenants. All certified police officers, none of them laid off. Why didnít the sheriff lead by example and say weíre gonna get in uniform, weíre gonna get out there, and weíre gonna continue to provide the best service possible for the people of Josephine County. "
Daniel Promises to do the Job with Available Funds
"The sheriff got his budget cut, sure, but youdo the best you can with the funds you have to operate any agency. The sheriff only gets a certain amount of money. You do the best you can to continue to serve the citizens of Josephine County with that amount of money.
If it means you have to reorganize your department to do that, then you reorganize it. If it means you have to put on a uniform and start answering calls, then thatís what you do. It has to be done."
Daniel Mocks Calvert
"For the last three years what we have heard from the sheriffísdepartment is I canít respond to your burglary because we donít have the funds. Youíve heard that I canít answer your telephone calls because we donít have the personnel. We canít come out and take your stolen car report; itís beyond available resources.
Well, I think thatís unacceptable, unacceptable to me not to respond to your burglaries and thefts. What you have to do, you have to reallocate your resources and do the best job possible with what you have to make it work and protect and serve the citizens of Josephine County. It should have been done three years ago. Could be done today. Will be done when Iím elected."
2001, General Calls Not Answered in Off Hours
"The second goal I expect to accomplish immediately is Iím going to eliminate the automated telephone answering system we have down here. A system like that may be great in Los Angeles, they might need it there, but you donít need it in Josephine County.
When you call the sheriffís department you need to talk to a real person not a machine. And it should have been done six years ago. I would like to talk about getting that wall down they now have up. How many of you walked into the sheriffís department and been met by a big glass wall? Yeah, itís the same with the phone system, youíre cutting yourselves off from the sheriffís department. Youíre putting up a wall, the same wall theyíre putting up between the citizens and the members of the sheriffís department and youíre doing the same thing with the phones.
We all have to work together. If we had 200 patrolmen out there, we still need the public to help us out. And you donít put up walls, you work with the public. It has to be done."
Sheriff Has a Case of the Gonna
"My third goal is to be a hands-on full time sheriff on duty in Josephine County. What that means is Iím gonna be in uniform everyday. Iím gonna come to work; Iím gonna spend a majority of all my time in Josephine County. If you come into the Josephine County Sheriffís Office and you want to visit me and Iím not there, itís not because Iím in Florida, or itís not because Iím in Las Vegas, itís because I may be out in Merlin answering a call or Iím in Murphy takiní a report. Thatís the reason Iím not there. If you agree with me that these are changes that are needed, I would appreciate your support in November."