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Letter: San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office may be due for an audit

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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:00 am

The race for San Joaquin Sheriff/Coroner has provided a window into the operations of the Sheriff's Department as administered by Sheriff Moore.

On March 26, the San Joaquin Taxpayers Association held a conversational forum in which questions were asked of each candidate. The majority of the questions concerned funding. During this forum, the Sheriff addressed how he administers his department.

In answer to a question concerning how each candidate would handle future budget deficits, Sheriff Moore stated unequivocally that in each year for which he has been Sheriff, the San Joaquin Sheriff's Department has come in on budget or under budget. The sheriff added that in the previous budget period, the Sheriff's Department will have an approximate $8.5 million carry-over. It is with this statement that every county citizen should be asking what services were withheld or not funded that could have been.

In the county with the highest recidivism rate in the state, it is unimaginable that every available penny was not spent toward law enforcement. No one at the forum realized, nor asked the Sheriff, about how the $8.5 million would have made a difference had it been used, or whether it could have been used to fund the jail or Honor Farm enhancements. Bottom line: The Sheriff has $8.5 million which he did not use. Where is that money now?

I am a retired FBI agent, but before being appointed as a special agent I worked as an FBI budget analyst. If the funds were, in fact, present at the end of the fiscal period, why was the Sheriff's Department budget not cut by $8.5 million? In this case, it is my opinion that 2 plus 2 does not equal 4. Why does the county not audit a department's budget that comes in under budget by $8.5 million, instead of turning it around and granting an additional $10 million?

Jeff Rinek

Retired FBI agent

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  • Diane Moreno posted at 11:52 am on Wed, Apr 30, 2014.

    RetiredDeputy Posts: 4

    You ask why this concerns someone who lives in Sacramento County? Rinek was an investigator on the Shermantine/Herzog Murder Cases. Back when Rinek was working on the cases, he identified Moore as a self serving, egotistical person who interfered with his investigation. It was publicly noted in "The Record" newspaper. Moore was interested in gaining political notoriety for the case, when in fact he was NOT involved in obtaining information as to the location of the bodies. Rinek is an experienced Investigator whose opinion merits consideration. Also Supervisor Vogel, we KNOW Moore supported your run for Supervisor, so you politicians who support one another carries NO worth in my book

  • Walter Chang posted at 3:30 pm on Fri, Apr 11, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1319

    "Wonder why this concerns someone that lives in Sacramento County?"

    He's just slingin' mud for his buddy and having a little fun!!

    C'mon Joe, you can relate??


  • Eric Barrow posted at 3:07 pm on Fri, Apr 11, 2014.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1676

    With the gang problems facing the San Joaquin County I think Mr. Rinek's letter is spot on.

  • Frank Gayaldo posted at 10:02 am on Fri, Apr 11, 2014.

    Frank Gayaldo Posts: 26

    Modular jail barracks could be built and the honor farm perimeter hardened with money that is already in the budget. It would take about 90 days. Instead Sheriff Moore seeks additional state funding. This is not fiscally prudent. I am sure there are plenty of citizens in this county who would join me in helping pay for an outside audit if we were given the opportunity. Here are the Sheriff's numbers so far:
    80,000,000 dollars “secured” (moore4sheriff.com 03/24/14)
    80,000,000 dollars LOST (KXTV 10 “SJ County Plans Shelved” 06/05/13)
    33,000,000 dollars of state funding lost (STOCKTON RECORD 03/13/14)
    9,000,000 dollars spent on design plans (no actual construction plans or construction permits included) for a jail that most likely will never be built. (COUNTY GRAND JURY REPORT 5/23/13)
    392 out of 1,573 wanted SJ criminals possibly would not be picked up if found in other states. (STOCKTON RECORD “They went thataway-forever” 3/24/14)
    85 wanted for sex crimes (STOCKTON RECORD 3/24/14)
    21 of which have nonextradition warrants (STOCKTON RECORD 3/24/14)
    29 sought for violent crimes (STOCKTON RECORD 3/24/14)
    9 of which have nonextradition warrants (STOCKTON RECORD 3/24/14)
    0 law enforcement agencies (other than San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office) blame the Department of Justice’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) for having a computer glitch that somehow automatically “defaults” warrants to nonextradition status. (KXTV 10/USA TODAY 3/11/14)
    0 counties in California have a higher recidivism rate than San Joaquin (CDCR)
    0 new jail beds built during current sheriff’s last seven and half years in office
    0 major law enforcement associations in San Joaquin County endorse current sheriff

  • Ed Walters posted at 5:53 pm on Thu, Apr 10, 2014.

    the old dog Posts: 713

    Mr. Chang: You state the politically motivated smear campaing has officially started, with that I do agree. However this is the small time, where thousands of dollars are spent. Wait till `16 campaign starts, if you think its ugly now, the best has yet to come.

  • Frank Gayaldo posted at 4:32 pm on Thu, Apr 10, 2014.

    Frank Gayaldo Posts: 26

    According to a 5/23/13 SJ County Grand Jury report, Sheriff Moore spent “approximately $9 million for architectural and engineering {jail} design work but construction plans have not been produced and construction approvals have not been received.” Keep in mind that for this $9 million dollars not one new jail bed was created. In fact, a shovel never hit the ground.
    I think the public has a right to see a line item breakdown of how that money was spent. Nothing personal.

  • Joe Baxter posted at 2:06 pm on Thu, Apr 10, 2014.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1915

    Wonder why this concerns someone that lives in Sacramento County?

  • Gerald Krein posted at 8:25 am on Thu, Apr 10, 2014.

    Gerald Krein Posts: 20

    Mr Rinek, I can see that you worked for the federal government. They are known for not only spending every dollar of their budget, but well beyond what they are allocated. Its hard to fault someone until an audit is done. But maybe spending money on a audit would be a waste of money. Maybe we should look at crime data and Sheriff office service and see if the are out of line with the past years. Spending money just because you are allocated it is just plain foolish. Maybe the Federal Government wouldn't have a 17 trillion dollar deficit if they followed the Sheriffs lead.

  • Walter Chang posted at 5:03 am on Thu, Apr 10, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1319

    The politically motivated smear campaign against the Sheriff has officially started.

    Folks, it's going to get very ugly.




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