Everyone that wants to be Sheriff…line up on the right!

This is the Year of the Rat….a wonderful year to get out and accomplish
a bunch of tasks and to find good property and to develop your very capable
creative skills. It seems that as “America’s Sheriff – Mike Carona” is
under a fusillade of slings and arrows..many self endowed…..it is not taking
long for the vultures to circle……and throw their collective hats into the
ring to be the anointed replacement…as the “New and Improved” Sheriff of
the third biggest economy in California and one of the top 10 anywhere around
the world! Sometimes, we forget just what a mighty financial juggernaut we
have going right here in Orange County.

There is bound to be a huge amount of pandering to the collective group of
candidates shooting for this huge job! At the Principles Over Politics
Breakfast on the 16th of February…..Acting Sheriff Jack Anderson was in
evidence and was very pleasant. He even took the time to better explain his
plan to save the Sheriff’s Department lots of money with a two tiered wage
plan for Deputies. What seemed most important was that he suggested no change
to the current method of moving Deputies from the jail system to Patrol duties
as attrition and retirement currently allows. The major difference seems to
be that new hires into the jail system will be hired at a “to be announced”
lower entry level wage…while they begin their careers with OC Sheriff’s
Department. Whether that passes muster with the Union…or the Board of
Supervisors…is still to be determined. At any rate, Jack is a likable
and responsive personality. Whether he can guide, direct and lead a Department
at a time of struggle with the Board of Supervisors…is still to be determined.

OK, what about the other players seeking the big Top Cop Sheriff Job? Bill
Hunt seems to be the Sheriff’s Union choice. He put his head in the jaws of
the lion in the last race for Sheriff with Carona and suffered a fate worse
than death…when he was removed…once Sheriff Carona was re-elected. Paybacks
for the Sheriff’s Department are not new concepts. These types of things have
been going on in various forms for as long as we can remember. Whether Hunt
can match his desires with those of the Board of Supervisors and make the very
necessary compromises…will tell alot.

Ralph Martin comes out of the LA Sheriff’s Department…and touted his record
as a mature and experienced leader in the last election. Deputy Chief of Anaheim, Craig Hunter is new to the process and is a relatively unknown. Kevin Keyes is another lesser known commodity that stands by his record in the US Navy “Silent Service”…you know ..as a Engineer on Nuclear Subs!

That leaves two additional serious contenders: Ken Maddox is the young turk,
former State Senator, connected strongly to various big wigs and a genuine
and responsive person. Does Ken Maddox have a real chance against all the heavy
hitters going for this position? It might have to take a miracle!

Finally, there is Paul Walters, the Santa Ana PD guy that ran against Mike
Carona in 1998. He is a 36 year veteran, with a strong character and has
support just below that of Bill Hunt with the Sheriff’s Union. We even voted for Walters in the 1998 race. The NRA buzz got to us about Carona…so we really had mixed emotions during that race. We believe enough candidates have thrown their
hats into the ring – that there are lots of good candidates out there…that don’t even have to include someone from New Jersey, Louisiana or Florida. This is a good thing! One name left off the list was our original favorite Bob McDonell, former Police Chief of Newport Beach. Our thought is…that Bob would rather stay out of this fray…..hey, someone could get hurt!

So, this is a lot like a lottery…we bet that the Sheriff’s Department has
a big chart up on the wall…..somewhere….with all the photos and all the
choices. This issue could draw more money that the SuperBowl….. We wish
all those involved in the process….good luck, but caution each one of them
to be sure that their backgrounds have to be not only squeaky clean but without
sin in any known form! This is a tough order and as we say: Good Luck guys!

About Ron & Anna Winship

Independent News Producers/Writers and Directors for Parker-Longbow Productions. Independent Programming which includes a broad variety of Political, Entertainment and Professional Personalities. Cutting Edge - a talk show...is the flagship of over 30 URL websites developed or under development. The Winships have been blogging for the Orange Juice since back when nickels had buffalos on them, and men wore onions attached to their belts, because it was the fashion back then.