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Letter: Sheriff Steve Moore is a good steward of our tax dollars

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Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 12:00 am

Retired FBI agent Jeff Rinek is incorrect in accusing Sheriff Steve Moore of mishandling his budget, “The San Joaquin Sheriff’s Office may be due for an audit,” April 10. I did not attend the forum, but I was able to view it online, as you can too!

Clearly in the video, Sheriff Moore is referring to using excess dollars from the current county budget to address the likely shortfall of the impending budget.

One of my main responsibilities as a county supervisor, along with my other four colleagues, is to approve the county budget and to make sure that our precious tax dollars are spent wisely.

I can assure you, Sheriff Moore is very careful with his budget and is a good steward of our tax dollars. That’s why the majority of the board has endorsed Sheriff Moore for re-election! We agree that he has done an amazing job of finding ways to put more deputies on patrol to protect our neighborhoods, even during these rough economic times when his overall budget has been reduced!

Next time, I hope that Mr. Rinek will check his facts online or give county staff a call.

Ken Vogel

San Joaquin County Supervisor, Fourth District

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  • Diane Moreno posted at 11:56 am on Wed, Apr 30, 2014.

    RetiredDeputy Posts: 3

    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

  • Frank Gayaldo posted at 12:08 pm on Tue, Apr 29, 2014.

    Frank Gayaldo Posts: 26

    Mr. Vogel there were three serious escapes from the jail this month alone. Why? Honor farm perimeter security is horrible and needed a rough $1 million upgrade for years. Neither Sheriff Moore or you have acknowledged receiving my California Public Records Act request asking how $9 million could be spent on jail design plans that according to the Grand Jury, did not produce any construction plans or permits. I stand with Mr. Rinek. Sheriff's office needs to be audited as soon as possible.

  • Jeffrey Rinek posted at 10:34 am on Tue, Apr 29, 2014.

    jeffreyrinek Posts: 9

    Thank you Mr. Vogel for your letter. If you will review the online recording of the forum, which you did not attend, you will find at Part I, 48:25 that Sheriff Moore clearly states he had $8.5M left over in his budget which he asserted could be used to mitigate future budget cuts. The issue is that Sheriff Moore imposed $8.5M of his own cuts to have that money left over. I am sure you and the county supervisors are happy with sheriff Moore not spending $8.5M of his budget, but where does the safety and security of the citizens of your county figure in. That $8.5M could have been used to make the county safe and more secure. Sheriff Moore also says that any school can have a regional officer if they pay half of the cost for the officer. Sheriff Moore said that is a "good deal" for the localities. Why sir, should localities be paying half the cost of a school resource officer when the sheriff has more than enough to put those officers into the schools, with his own budget money. In this case the security of the schools suffer, and the sheriff is putting the value of a budget dollar ahead of the welfare and safety of your county's children. I would think, that you, as a supervisor would be working to make the schools a safer place. Furthermore, you state that I use the word "mishandling". I never used that word. That is your word. I said the sheriff is not using his full budget and the effect of that is felt by the citizens. Ask a victim of a violent crime in county if they think the sheriff should not spend his budget to make the county safe and secure. Is it a wonder that San Joaquin has the highest recidivism rate in the state, or that the county does not extradite out of state felons. Finally Mr. Vogel, I notice from the newspaper that approximately one week after you endorsed sheriff moore, additional funding was authorized by you and the other supervisors to give to the sheriff to enhance the honor farm. Is it possible you are using your political power and influence in an attempt to affect a political election. Does it not seem odd that one week after your endorsement more money is given to Sheriff Moore, especially when he is giving money back. In my opinion something is wrong.


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