Strategic Vision: Make the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department (SCSD) the best law enforcement agency in the region
Strategic Goals for next 4 years: Improve crime prevention, crime response, and services provided to the people of Siskiyou County and its employees
Objectives to Achieve Vision and Goals: Build a strong organization through leadership, innovation, and community involvement. Organizational development and personnel development will be a major goal.
I want to earn a “Triple A Rating” from the people of Siskiyou County in the following areas:
A = Assessments: We will continuously assess current and future operations and improve systems needing development
A = Accountability: We will be accountable (starting with the Sheriff) for all actions taken as a Department – Accountable to the people we serve and the employees within the organization.
A = Accessibility: As a sheriff, I will be accessible to all citizens and groups. I will conduct frequent “Meet the Sheriff” sessions in my office and conduct town hall meetings to allow the people to meet me, my leaders and express their concerns and suggestions. If you call me, your Sheriff, you will get a return phone call!
Fiscal responsibility – One of the biggest challenges in the future will be to maintain current service on patrol, jail, courts, counter-drug, dispatch, search and rescue, and other operations within the department under current and future fiscal constraints imposed by difficult economic times. We must be fiscally prudent by conserving resources when possible, emphasize “quality” over “quantity,” seek grants and interagency assistance and pursue several volunteer community-oriented policing options!
Training – Training and development of all employees, uniformed and nonuniformed will be a key objective. For example, all patrol, jail, court, investigative, dispatch, Search and Rescue, Coroner, and clerical personnel will get additional technical training and mentorship to enhance their performance and effectiveness as a team member.
Innovation – Innovations will include development of new programs, such as a Citizens’ Academy to help familiarize citizens with the department and instruction on how they can help reduce crime and help our youth populations; youth programs (e.g., athletic programs, “big brother” programs, marksmanship and gun safety, Boy Scouts, etc.) will be initiated to help our youth and their parents. We will bring back the Chaplain’s Program, which my wife and I have decided to fund by donating a portion of my salary back to the County for that purpose. We have chosen the Chaplaincy Program because the entire county benefits from that service, along with allied agencies and the sheriff’s staff as well. We will also enhance the Explorer, Neighborhood Watch, Search and Rescue, and other programs within the department. I also plan to start a Senior Volunteer Program to help the department with dwindling personnel resources in the office and dispatch operations.
Cold Case Squad – One of my main goals is to find a way to aggressively investigate unsolved homicides and missing persons cases in Siskiyou County. We will start with the cases in McCloud. As Sheriff, criminal offenders who prey on Siskiyou County’s citizens will be relentlessly pursued. We will never forget crime victims or their families! We will make Siskiyou County a safer place within which to live or visit and we will make it very uncomfortable for criminals. We will relentlessly pursue the identification, investigation, arrest, and conviction of criminals who prey on our fellow citizens!
Contract Cities – It is my position that we will pursue contract cities only with the approval and at the request of the convening city or service district authority; however, as the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the Siskiyou County, I stand ready to represent the department in all negotiations and I will personally take a big role in contract city operations, including attending regular meetings with our client officials in the cities we serve to ensure the department is more responsive and can make sound and timely decisions to support the citizens and leaders we serve.
Drug enforcement – I am passionate about drug enforcement. I will support the county’s drug task force and continue to fight the proliferation of illicit drugs, especially methamphetamine and marijuana in Siskiyou County.
Second Amendment – I am a strong proponent of the 2nd Amendment and fully support the “right to keep and bear arms.” I will support the continuation and possibly enhancement of concealed weapons authorizations in the county. I will aggressively pursue those criminals who violate gun-related laws but will fight for your rights under the 2nd Amendment. I am a strong advocate for and supporter of our constitution. I will fight within the County and in Sacramento to ensure our interests are represented and our voices heard through engagement with elected officials and participation in the State Sheriff’s Association and California Peace Officer’s Association.
Emergency Planning – As the Sheriff, it is important to take a lead role in planning for and preparing for catastrophic emergencies in Siskiyou County. During the recent winter storms, many citizens in the South County were in need of guidance and assistance, which did not always materialize. My plan is to coordinate a review of existing emergency plans, conduct appropriate training, and coordinate table top, functional and full-scale exercises with other agencies at all levels within the county.