The Los Angeles Times has a recent story out questioning why Sheriff McDonnell has seen fit to promote leaders with records of highly questionable judgment, including demotions. That is to say, the kinds of actions which would get a deputy fired (or relieved of duty pending termination) today but which, at higher echelons, is overlooked. It’s a must-read.
Quoting the article, “Leaders from two deputies unions declined to discuss the promotions of specific people, but they said many of their members believe high-ranking officials with misconduct histories are treated more favorably than rank-and-file deputies with similar records.
Derek Hsieh, executive director of the Assn. for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, which represents rank-and-file deputies, declined to comment on the recent promotions but said it’s ‘exceptionally rare’ for a demoted deputy to later be promoted. He said even if McDonnell made thoughtful decisions about who should be on his command staff, the appearance of unfairness is a problem. ‘People are going to start to doubt your judgment,’ he said.”
It can’t be that rare to promote someone you previously demoted these days, though, right? Didn’t Sheriff McDonnell demote Assistant Sheriff Eddie Rivero a short three years ago when he was a probationary captain? Yet hasn’t he skipped 3-4 ranks since…? Guess he learned to ‘just say yes!’