Is the sheriff hiding something? – Author Unknown, interesting in itself!
What is everyone afraid of is my question? – They have no control over social media where this is not the only one questioning these files. These are suppose to be public record, kept by the Clerk for it is said THEY are to file EVERYTHING???? – Right Mr.Ed & Co.? – The question we should be asking is why NOBODY is questioning the executive branch or the separation of Branches the Clerk of Courts Linda Frary? It his this departments duty to hold, protect these documents to assure no frauds are committed, what’s up Linda?
Jul. 19, 2014 |
The Richland County Sheriff’s Department behaves like it has something to hide.
We feel that way because of the department’s confusing and deceptive response to a simple public records request submitted by the News Journal.
Records are public in order to document behavior and hold officials accountable. Records help taxpayers track performance. Filling requests for these records is required by state law.
When they are withheld or manipulated, doubts about trustworthiness creep in.
The News Journal made a request for the personnel files of the five Richland County sheriff’s officers on the scene when deputies shot and killed Brian Garber on March 16 near Lexington.
One of the files requested was that of Deputy Jeff Frazier, whose file we had requested and reviewed about a year ago. The Frazier file delivered this time was missing disciplinary documents contained in the file a year earlier. Added to the current file was a series of commendations not contained in the first file.
A News Journal letter was then sent to Sheriff Steve Sheldon, pointing out the changes and asking for an explanation. We can’t help but wonder about the credibility of the other four files where we had no comparison.
We received a new set of five files that measured five inches in thickness. The original set of five was one inch thick.
The files arrived with no explanation from Sheldon, so we asked again. The brief explanation we eventually received blamed the missing materials on some human error and problems with the scanning equipment used to make copies.