New Sheriff in Town
This past weekend, Jon P. Strickland made his public announcement that he was running for Sheriff. That brings the number to two and it appears to be a battle of the Stricklands: Jeff vs. Jon. In the battle of the websites, it looks like Jeff is off to the better start.
I have been told that this race will probably be the nastiest. We shared with you how the tip line started to blow up when certain rules were changed. Now we have a new tipster….
Our new tipster stated in an e-mail; “There is fire to be found around the smoke of recently announced candidate for Sheriff, Jeff Strickland. I know for fact some county employees got his announcement/solicitation for contributions at their home addresses, without subscription to any mailing list. The theory (which is at least plausible) is that he used his access to the County finance/HR databases to gather this information. Further, it has been reported from several trusted sources that Strickland has instructed (Sheriff’s Office) employees to access Facebook to determine which employees are “friends” of his primary opponent, using County time and County computers. Less trusted sources have indicated that (the administration) has “given up trying to control (him)” because the SO is its own entity within (but for all intents and purposes outside) the general rules and regulations of County employees. The impression I (anonymous tipster) got was that if this was brought up as a violation of ethics or official rules, the Sheriff would see them changed to suit their purposes – much as the rule about employees having to take a leave of absence if they announced their candidacy for an elected office in Hall County.”
I know that all records, including IP addresses and computer records, are open. I would have thought that there would have been a firewall preventing county employees from accessing social media sites, but perhaps the Sheriff’s Office would need a variance because of stalking and such.
My sources say that we can expect a lot of open records which will include E-911 calls and cover-ups. This one may be my favorite race….
Hugh Hall County Akston