Sheriff's Office will pay later for savings
With the reorganization and changes at the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Al Nienhuis has made the decision to suspend the accreditation program.
I understand the pressures the sheriff is under by some citizens and the Hernando County Commission to save money. This is certainly a priority in the economic downturn which we are all facing at this time. It is a very tight balancing act to do with less but to provide the professional services that our citizens expect and deserve.
In my opinion, doing away with the accreditation program would be a possible false savings.
I think legal advisement would say the best defense for litigation against the agency would be professional standards and training. The accreditation which the Hernando County Sheriff's Office went through many years ago brought the agency to a high level of professionalism and competency. It also gave the employees of the agency a sense of pride and accomplishment knowing that our Sheriff's Office is on the same high level as the best in the state and in many cases, the country.
We live in a time where litigation is a fact of life, and it will only be a matter of time before someone brings a claim against the Sheriff's Office, frivolous or not. Talking from experience, litigation costs big money, especially if it is in a federal court.
The best defense is proving that our agency has, and practices, high professional standards and policies. This is accomplished by being an accredited agency which constantly upgrades itself to keep up with our changing times and demands on our services.
Thomas A. Mylander
Hernando County Sheriff (Retired)
Rags is right about seeking equal pay
Congratulations to Jean Rags, director of community development for Hernando County, for speaking out against female wage discrimination. Even here in the 21st century when anything seems to go, regrettably it continues to take a combination of intestinal fortitude, intense pride, undeniable job skill and savvy for women to fight for their rightful place in the male-dominated workplace.
There is no reason whatsoever to force any female to plead her case by filing the appropriate complaint with the Florida Equal Opportunity Employment Commission. It would appear to be an open secret that there are male versus female earning inequities among Hernando County appointed public officials in similar management positions.
Hopefully, Jean Rags will not suffer from insider politics and/or word games due to her filing.
Chuck and Patty Schlakman, Spring Hill
Pay for officials has gotten out of hand
Florida, like all other states, is in a financial mess. What do all these people we pay do for us? They can't being doing too good, since they got us in this mess. And they want more pay.
Jean Rags, whatever she does, she does. What's more money?
They ought to be ashamed of themselves, making over $100,000 (including benefits) and asking for more when people who do not have a job are losing so much. They should all be helping out and should be cutting their pay.
Their pay is getting a little out of hand. You would think they would want to work for the people, not every cent they could get from the people. If all these people who claim they are working for us got fired, would we be in a bigger mess? I do not think so. We would be saving lots of money.
Muriel Delape, Spring Hill