County jail turnkey turnover stable at half

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Waco – Corrections officer turnover at the McLennan County Jail is tracking predictably in the first quarter of 2016 at a factor of 11 percent. Thirty employees left their employment during the first three months of this year.

Based on information obtained by Legendary information activist Randall Scott Gates, attrition through “separation” has stabilized at about half of the 275-person workforce estimated by an official source close to this investigation who is obliged to remain anonymous.

This represents an uptick from roughly a third in 2011, the year prior to the election of Sheriff Parnell McNamara.

Separations of corrections staff in 2011 represented only 33 percent, but in 2012 advanced to 46 percent, remained at that factor in 2013, increased to 51 percent in 2014, and again by one point in 2015 to 52 percent.

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Jail doc moving on in mystery as scene passes

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Dr. John Arthur Wells, M.D., made $300,000 a year doctoring prisoners

Waco – Did you hear the one about the Odessa high school football coach who came home from a losing game, only to find for sale signs in his front yard?

True story. Look it up. They made a movie about it. They take it serious in these parts.

Now, then, it is a matter of record that Dr. John Arthur Wells, CEO of Melchizedek, P.L.L.C., a health care limited liability corporation, made a sizable amount of money doctoring folks locked up in McLennan County’s Bastille.

According to the HR Coordinator Stacy Brown, his first name is unavailable to the public. She’s nice about it, but just can’t seem to find out. Steve Kallas of the County Clerk’s office had no clue, either.

There are numerous listings in professional and legal directories for the Melchidezek organization, but no phone numbers are listed, and the phone company knows nothing other than it is located on N. 50th in Waco, Texas.

Reached for comment, Commissioner Kelly Snell, fresh from victory at the polls and headed for a lawsuit challenging his election in which about 600 persons received ballots with no option to vote in two County Commissioners elections, said, “We got something in here a couple of weeks ago saying he was going to change positions.”

Quizzed as to what that means, he said, “Well, he’s going to do something different, I guess.” He, too, had no idea what his phone number is.

There is no human contact available by placing phone calls to the County Jail. When an individual answered a phone attached to some kind of medical care facility there, she said, “We don’t have any of that information at this location.”

She was as angry as the lady in personnel and the dude in the clerk’s office.

Dr. Marshall McLuhan once wrote about a Soviet Union practice of providing no telephone directories or information services to patrons of the phone system, all of whom were government officials of that totalitarian government, naturally. Such information as to how to reach another human being by phone was under that system a part of the power totem wielded by control freaks on steroids.

Onward, through the fog, with apologies to Mr. Herb Caen.

Be it remembered, Wells proposed in 2014 that the County Commissioners Court “outsource” their jailhouse medical care needs to his limited liability corporation, but the fizzle fuddle flat-line futz and klutz moment passed while the motion faded away into the dim recesses of history in a two-step across the bridge over the Brazos to the heights of Jerusalem-on-the-Brazos as the columns of red advanced upon the heights above.

Many such corporations “outsource” their cash in anonymous hidey holes of the Caribbean, Asia, South Africa, Ireland, Switzerland and points out and out further out veiled by the corporate world of legal gobbledegook and the inner sanctum of nada, nada, nada be thy nada.

Just like Ray Wiley Hubbard’s redneck mothers, the limited liability corporations are NOT re-spon-si-ble for what they’re a-doin’, but we won’t talk about their mamas. We’ll give the ladies a break on this one.

Like the Doctor’s arrest for DWI in 2012, wherein a police officer said he found him “slumped over” in his Lexus, the gear shift in reverse and engine running after bouncing over a curb and coming to rest against some trees  in the 4700 block of Bosque Blvd., it was learned then and there that he is actually a diabetic and his blood alcohol content of .150 and .142 was only logical since alcoholic beverages are nothing more than rotten old sugar fermented and distilled as a solution of ether in water – oh, so very hard for the diabetic endocrinal system to assimilate.

More will no doubt emerge in the 1001 nights of the continuing crusade against crime that is the legacy, the saga of Sheriff Parnell McNamara’s administration of the Sheriff’s Office of McLennan.

We await the jive at five, here, in the deepest, darkest Bosque (Spanish for the “sticks”) at the hour of 16:17, CDT. No doubt, the quaity will ‘splain it all to us by and by.

So mote it be.

  • The Legendary

Too many chiefs, not enough Indians at jail

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AN EXPERIENCED FORMER STAFFER EXPLAINS WHY MOST TOP PAID JAIL OFFICERS DO LITTLE WORK TO ACTUALLY RUN THE JAIL

Waco – A work force top heavy with officer-class supervisors and rife with nepotistic relationships between bosses and their staff makes running the McLennan County Jail an exercise in sluggish drudgery.

Here’s why, according to a well-experienced female officer with a multi-agency history of employment in corrections.

WHY CAN BOOKING AN INMATE BECOME SUCH A LENGTHY, COMPLICATED PROCESS?

Ok, so, here we go. I’ll try to explain the process. There are probably 5 jailers working on the floor at booking, with one Corporal. If a wing needs a break or relief, then one of those rovers is the relief rover; so if two need a break that will take two away from booking. Now, only leaving three rovers and a corporal, the corporal is responsible for the booking headcount – number of inmates in booking.

The jail commission says head count is only to be done in 30-minute increments, but the illustrious leader – “jail administrator” – says we must do headcounts every 20 minutes.

BOOKING BY THE BELL

He has even gone so far as to install an old fashioned school bell that literally goes off every twenty minutes…as a reminder for the Corporal, (who) must due the headcount, and, lo and behold …the corporal may be handling numerous situations. His or her only concern should be the headcount.

Then, if an inmate is brought in from an outside agency, that is announced over a radio, so now we only have 3 rover’s, one (of whom is) probably a female and two males to handle all the inmates at booking, during the day, to see the judges, to be booked in, to see the nurses for intake, to be housed.

The corporal is responsible for the headcount, signing off on the shucks of the inmates that have be cleared to leave the jail, either by bonding out, or notices to appear, (and) also handling phone calls from outside and the wings; then (when) an assistance call comes over the radio, now mind you. each wing has their allotted number of jailers per inmate. The Jail Commission says 1 (staff member) to 48 (inmates).

And the CAPTAIN has put out a memo that says we are not to leave our wings short-handed due to jail commission, so no one wants to go on the assistance call because they don’t want to leave their wing short, so booking Rover will respond. Now booking had 2 rovers to work the floor with the corporal.

THE ANATOMY OF A NON-COMPLIANT HEAD COUNT

So now we are noncompliant at booking and there is a security issue; this happens on a daily basis and the supervisors are aware, but do nothing to correct the issue because we have to stay in jail “compliance”

Now a memo has been sent out that at 10:30 at night the inmates must stay in their assigned bunks unless (they experience a)medical emergency or bathroom relief; and if they don’t stay in their assigned bunks at night, they should have a disciplinary (report) issued for not obeying the rules. This will be another hardship on the jail staff

CAN YOU SUGGEST ANYTHING TO UNSNARL THE LOGJAM?

Other than hiring more staff, no, but remember he is running them off faster than they can be hired. In the earlier years, we were allowed to wander from wing to wing, around the jail, assist when needed, and we were able to help our coworkers. That is not the case under the new regime.

COMMUNICATIONS, COMPLICATIONS, NEW RULES, CONFLICTING REGULATIONS

Jailers are unable to have their cell phones within the jail, but if they need to go to their vehicles to use their phone, they are supposed to call Booking for a relief rover. If booking is too busy, the wing gets no relief

Used to when an assistance call came, if I have the radio I could respond without worrying if we were going to get in trouble. Now if we respond, we have to write a report as to why we left our wing.

Then throw into the mix (the requirement for) 2 females and 2 males in the Sally Port (when inmates are) being brought in by other agencies. Remember, the corporal is doing headcount, (there are) only 2 rover’s; the nurse needs to see an inmate; another has shit on himself and needs to be showered; and, oh yeah, they’re bringing one up from the violent cell to be changed out. It gets so crazy, and if we can all work together, its great; but if someone is putting constraints on you, it is very difficult to make it all flow smoothly.

OF CORRUPTION, NEPOTISM, FAVORITISM, AND AN UNFAIR WORK ETHIC

I loved my job and coworkers, but I’m too honest to work there.

Let’s talk about that. Folks say there is corruption, but they stop short of talking specifics. Can you help?

The corruption is (to be found in) the supervisory staff; they are kin to each other and “the good ole boy system” is alive.

COULD YOU BE SPECIFIC?

Well the CAPTAIN is brother in law to the PREA Lieutenant Robert Fulmer, Lt Karen Anderson is distantly related to Sheriff McNamara, Lt Mike Garrett has been best friends with Captain Armstrong for years, and I am not sure that they are not in-laws.

Outstanding. What does PREA stand for?

Prisoner Rape Elimination Act

The Jail Commission says that we have to have this act in place so the inmates are protected from sexual assault, but I don’t think that it required a Lieutenant for the position. We have a Lieutenant over security at the jail; a Lieutenant over PREA; a Lieutenant over Booking; a Lieutenant over Administration; a Night Lieutenant, and a Day Lieutenant – all with take home cars. We also have three detectives. one assisting with PREA, one over Investigation, and one over Gang Investigation – all with take home cars. These positions were all formed when Sheriff Parnell McNamara took office.

HOW DO THE INDIANS FIND OUT WHAT ALL THESE CHIEFS WANT DONE?

All of the decisions get made between Captain Armstrong and mostly Lt Garrett; the rest might get informed if the Captain deems it necessary, but the Captain doesn’t even inform his Sergeants or corporalls of changes taking place within the jail. There is no communication. When I said corruption, I am talking about the behind door decisions that are effecting the work place with no consideration for the outcome

So the advent of the McNamara regime brought a radical reorganization?

Yes, very unnecessary and a cost to the tax payers.

Everyone has a title now.

That’s what folks mean when they say there are too many chiefs and not enough Indians.

Exactly. But yet, when we need help they are not available.

Captain Armstrong is making his own rules, and these rules are affecting the overall consistency at the jail.

Are his rules contrary to law, or to administrative rules of the Commission Jail Standards?

We have been in compliance with jail standards for as many years as I can remember.

How many years experience did you have in McLennan?

Eight and one-half.

It is so hard to put in words what all the wrongs are within the jail, but I can tell you that it is a very disgruntled atmosphere.

We normally have a Sgt on duty and three to four corporals.

But there is an entire cluster of brass hats with no real responsibility for direct supervision of the non-com and private ranks who are serving in the ranks, who actually deal with the needs and responsibilities of keeping inmates. Is that correct?

Correct.

Lt Garrett, Lt Anderson, Lt Fulmer and Lt Hromadka, but they are all handling their own positions.

On night time, Lt Ward, but none of these work weekends; so if a Sergeant takes off on the weekend, that leaves only a Corporal to oversee the jail.

That is a very comprehensive picture of the situation. Is there anything you would like to add?

The jail is very complex but at the end if the day or night we are all able to go home unharmed. That is what is important; team work is what we used rely upon, but now it’s each to themselves

Final question: Do you feel the new, dog eat dog and to each his own attitude poses a security threat to inmates and staff?

The inmates are not the problem; if you respect them, they respect you. The leadership is the problem, and, yes, safety is a concern. Stressful situations are never good in the work place; stress is a such a major factor that the jailers are dealing with, and it is not coming from the inmates.

Local officer says it is ‘not the same’ at the jail

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A ROAD OFFICER WRITES ‘THE LEGENDARY’ ABOUT BOOKING

Waco – He offers his information in hope his name won’t be printed.

But a local officer who cruises the roads looking for people who are wanted on unaided warrants issued by courts and corrections officials said in writing he doesn’t like the changes he’s seen in staff performance at the McLennan County Jail.

It’s not the easiest job in the world, and it definitely has its moments of sheer terror, punctuated by doldrums of extreme tedium.

As you read his remarks, you begin to realize – slowly, it dawns upon you – that he is talking about the actual conditions that affect his daily routine.

It doesn’t look good. This cop’s report makes you glad you don’t have to know how it feels. It says a whole lot in a few words.

He prefaced his remarks by saying, I have been enthusiastically scanning your page daily to keep up with the events taking place within the McLennan County Sheriffs Office and the McLennan County Jail. Much of what’s taken place isn’t that hard to believe when you’ve been in law enforcement in McLennan County for almost 14 years, as I have.

It came as a surprise to hear a veteran cop admit that, I truly believe the majority of law enforcement officers try to do the right thing on a daily basis. However – we, like every other profession – have officers within our ranks who entered this career field solely for the pleasure of exerting their ‘assumed authority’ over everyone else. We are constantly reminded of this every time we turn on the news, or open a news app on our devices…

There is no triumph in hearing an officer say these things. After all, he represents We The People. It stings.

It’s even worse when you realize he works for us.

This guy wasn’t so sure when he first began to read reports in these columns about conditions at the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office.

When I read your first reports of what was allegedly taking place at the McLennan County Jail, I have to say I was a little bit skeptical, but none the less kept coming back for updates.

But then an awkward and unnecessarily delayed experience with foot-dragging staff at the Jail confirmed what his fellow officers, most of them Jail Division employees, have been reporting to The Legendary.

My recent experience at the McLennan County Jail validated in my mind what had been reported

He wants to share his impressions with our readers, so that you may continue to report the facts from people that are experiencing this first hand.

It doesn’t look good.

Our anonymous officer said the bottom line, the net net, is that 16 corrections staff members by his count spent an hour doing what would ordinarily take 15 minutes, to take custody of an inmate arrested on an unaided warrant, and book him into the jail.

During a recent shift, I made a traffic stop on a vehicle for a speeding violation, and after running a records check on the driver, found there was an active TCIC (Texas Crime Information Computer) warrant for that person’s arrest. After confirming the warrant with the entering agency, the driver was taken into custody.

While waiting for a tow truck to arrive, I completed all the necessary paperwork in order to expedite processing at the jail, which would also minimize the amount of time I had to spend there, and out of service. Upon my arrival I stood in the sally port with my prisoner for approximately 10 minutes waiting for a jailer to come from the booking area in order to conduct a search of the prisoner prior to entering the facility. During this time there were no other officers with prisoners at the jail ahead of me, so this process should have been completed in a couple of minutes.

After the subject was searched we then entered the booking area of the jail, and I immediately noticed I didn’t recognize the majority of the jailers and booking staff. I counted the staff I saw while there, and of the 16 I saw, I only recognized maybe 3 or 4 of them at the most. Several of them appeared to still be wet behind the ears. Needless to say, the process of the jail staff accepting my prisoner and releasing me to return to my patrol duties was, I feel, unnecessarily extended.

The entire process was very disorganized, and as I sat there watching and waiting, everything I had read in the last few days and weeks seemed to be more true than not.

I do not claim to know any specifics about the current and/or former employees of the county jail, and what may or may not have taken place, but it was obvious to me things are definitely not the same.

If you are able to use this information without printing my name I would appreciate it, and I will most definitely provide you with future experiences if they are relevant to this story.

Sir, on that condition, you have my solemn promise.

I have spoken.

So mote it be.

  • The Legendary

NEXT: A jail staffer with 8 and a half years of experience opens up about working conditions and why she is sure she knows taxpayers are really getting their money’s worth when it comes to the way top leadership is tasked and how they perform their duties. Watch this column for a posting later today, Tuesday, March 29 

Jailers who ‘like’ Facebook page must write reports

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The Sheriff of Nottingham reacts with great umbrage…

Six Shooter Junction – On cue, supervisors at the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office have ordered corrections staff who “liked” the new “Offended Jailer” Facebook page – and other posts by terminated employees – to write reports as to why, according to confidential sources.

One may only speculate as to how the folks who operate the jail – with more than 300 employees a ranking corporate division in the area – know who has “liked” such posts, but no matter.

This is what transactional analysts studying industrial psychology or other social phenomena call a “servo” reaction, in which one side of a conflict reacts to the other with an escalated demand, dealing from a position of power – in this case rather arbitrary power.

The fact that it was the actions of the dominant party to the dispute that dictated the reaction and subsequent reaction on their part never seems to occur to the heavy end of the bargain. Suddenly, the boss is the one with the most to lose because he’s already turned his employees, the ones who make his operation work smoothly, into adversaries, thus stripping them of all benefits they had once enjoyed while inviting them to resign their positions if they feel a need to apply salve their reddened posteriora dorsalis.

The net net: he is thereby hoisted from his own petard, placed in a position to prove to the world that he actually can do without them.

It’s a brave, but, oh, so cold, new world, as it were.

This represents a fascinating glimpse into the internal affairs of a world that has heretofore been very veiled, so say the least. Nevertheless, three tax rises have resulted from the need to meet a $100 million debt service on the bespoke built, privately operated Jack Harwell Detention Center next door to where these folks work.

Employees there are paid by LaSalle Corrections, an organization which acknowledged some years ago in open Commissioners Court that it would be obliged to transfer inmates to other states in case of extreme overcrowding.

It is not an unprecedented situation. Johnson County, Texas, once housed large numbers of federal prisoners in its Cleburne lockup who hailed from Washington, D.C., due to overcrowded conditions there.

We of The Legendary, who are hunkered down here amidst the oaken copses of the surrounding forest, shall certainly keep our readers informed of what occurs. Incidentally, Facebook tallied more than 3,300 page views of the two stories which have appeared so far regarding these matters. The numbers are tiny, but the percentage is significant for reasons our brothers of the three percent nation will readily recognize in terms of its relation to the magical number of 100,000,

Facebook, it is readily acknowledged on Capitol Hill, is by and large funded by the National Security Administration, those wonderful folks who tap your phones, monitor your e-mail, and in some extreme cases, pay certified peace officers to go through your garbage.

In all other matters, be it known to all men by these presents: The floggings will continue until morale improves.

So mote it be – The Legendary

Fawn and Zebra

The harsh realities of industrial psychology

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OF THE PREDATORY FINANCIAL ATTACK ON MINISTERIAL DUTIES

Waco – It pays a whole lot better to be feared than to be loved, at least when it comes to the power intrigues of the palaces of justice in city states everywhere. The means does, indeed, seem to justify the end.

Both the grandees of the front offices and the bean counters in the rear are agreed; running an overbuilt system of jails is an exercise in balancing the books – both sets of them, that is.

There are the ones you see and the ones we don’t talk about. Both are shrouded in secrecy. Just ask the Open Records Division of the Office of the Texas Attorney General.

No one ever expected the dungeon to show a profit. Certainly, the fear of winding up in the casa de calaboose was always a prime motivator to pay or die, but to expect its actual operation to yield a profit was never a major bell ringer, at least, not in a corporate sense.

Fortune 500 outfits and privately held corporations both must remain accountable to their shareholders or face their wrath in the courts for charges of negligence or malfeasance.

But the 254 corporations formed by the Texas Constitution are public in the sense that each citizen is a part owner, but a part owner so thoroughly disenfranchised as to completely lack the means to call the management into accountablility, both in the courts of law or any other means other than the well-stuffed, totally rigged ballot box. Any major dude with a bar card in his pocket will tell you that you will likely not enter suit successfully against your county government because the judge will hold it is exempt from litigation.

Such holdings are routinely upheld by the appeals courts in this chili-stained, jalapeo-flavored land of horny toads, LBJ, Cactus Jack, Mr. Sam, Bill Clements, Bouffant Betty, Bobby Bullock, Governor Goodhair – and, uh, well, you know, Dub-yah.

And then, there is that universally terrifying classification visited upon a few unfortunate pariahs, designation as a “vexatious litigant.” Try that hair shirt on for size. It’s true what they say around the campfire. The floggings will continue until morale improves. That’s when the losers are firmly reminded to take their medication before being laced into their strait jackets for the evening.

The winners are sent to meetings to get their papers signed.

But the Texas Constitution states plainly that the Sheriff of each County will operate a jail, there safely to keep accused offenders or those awaiting trial in lieu of posting bail. It’s just one of five such duties including courtroom security, serving papers, conducting auctions, and law enforcement resting under the ubiquitous white ten-gallon cowboy hats, both far and wide.

It’s honest work, and someone has to do it.

But the warped curvatures created by the pressures applied by such variant entities as the Texas Commission on Jail Standards; County Commissioners Courts; the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division; the Federal Bureau of Prisons; The Department of Homeland Security, and the Border Patrol, are terrible to behold.

The effect on our force of certified Corrections Officers has become grating – and difficult.

For instance, according to Jo D Wilson, she lost her job over a rumor, a rumor about which she was interrogated by detectives, threatened with a polygraph exam to determine the name of who told her of the rumor, and then chose to resign following a two-week period of notice. Then they threatened her that she would be blackballed from ever getting another decent job.

The rumor: the wife of the man in charge had been arrested for a felony account of DWI, but was released, the booking records destroyed. She was one of a dozen who checked the computer screen to see if it was true. That’s when she found it it’s against the rules to do that.

More than likely, the felony DWI arrest never happened. More than likely, it was a product of a disinformation campaign designed to cause a lot of heat and light and resentment and she succumbed to her curiosity by referring to a database she used every day. Then she found out she had scorched the toast before she burned her fingers on the whatch-a-call-it, over here.

Bad scene.

She’s not alone. But not everyone went out that way. There are other ways to guarantee that you have a high turnover in the part of the County Jail system that is staffed by persons directly employed by the Sheriff’s Office.

The County Commissioners Court entered into a Public Service Corporation to raise approximately $50 million through selling revenue bonds without public approval to build a privately operated detention center. The debt service on the deal is about $100 million, and guess who is responsible for its maintenance.

The taxpayers.

Every deal made to keep this palace of striped sunshine hot has fallen through. Federal prisoners were withdrawn and sent somewhere else; other counties have no shortage of space; the state penal colony is equally spacious, just looking for more inmates on any given day.

What about the taxpayers?

No one ever asked them anything about it. There was no bond issue election. Kind of reminds one of the scene in “Pulp Fiction” where the man in the black suit with the shiny government model in his hand whirls around and says, at the top of his lungs, “I don’t recall anyone saying a G>> D>>> thing to you!”

The he shoots the dude on the couch and says, contritely, “Oh, did I break your concentration?”

The goal is obviously to keep the staffing level at the lowest point possible in order to force the transfer of “overflow” prisoners to the privately staffed and operated Jack Harwell Detention Center, a need furthermore artificially induced by keeping a 360-bed jail at the Courthouse closed due to a largely imaginary lack of certification from the Jail Commission.

All that gives rise to a personnel policy industrial psychologists call manipulative or Machiavellian. It is the product of a narcissitic personality that never admits being wrong, nor apologizes for any transgression, just plows ahead and creates another problem or two and waits for the frustration that is sure to follow. They don’t like it; they can leave. The powers that be have said repeatedly that there will be no civil service commission, and employees long ago voted against union organization. You got it. What’cha gonna do about it, pilgrim?

But there is a new wrinkle in the paradigm, a new cog in the wheel, the strophe and antistrophe of dialog. And it’s on the hated, reviled and cursed internet! That most McLuhanesque, global, spherical, expanding, cross-connected switchboard of, like – RIGHT NOW! 

Get a load of these stories. They are just a couple that have emerged on a Facebook page called “Offended Jailer” that emerged suddenly on Wednesday after the staff reached the tipping point of anger over being threatened repeatedly with loss of job if they say anything, tell anyone, text anyone – or do anything other than what they are told to do.

According to Jason Sherrill, I remember when the jail dr wells was brought to jail for a dwi. He was allowed to keep his property and go sit in his office to work until the arraignment judge came to the jail. Because he was the jail dr. And he was allowed to go into the booking nurses office and shut the door to do his blood sugar testing because he was a new diabetic. A little shady there if you ask me.

And I worked nearly 2 years straight working everyday that I was off cause we were short staffed. Now there were so many like me there that did the same and some that would get in trouble for not being able to work on their days off. But did they make a supervisor one work overtime? No they didn’t. So I worked there nearly 12 years and just one day quit. Then I had a job already lined out before I quit and my new supervisor and his secretary both called the jail just to confirm that I had worked there previously. They were both told that there were no records that I had EVER worked there. This has happened to at least two others that left that place.

When it comes to days off and vacations, staff members below the rank of supervisory positions designated with paramilitary ranks such as corporal, sergeant, lieutenant and captain are expected to put their jobs first.

Yes sir and one employee had reserved all the accommodations for his vacation months in advance on his scheduled days off remember and they came to him on a Thursday and told him he was to be on a standby list. That if anyone called in on the other shift he would HAVE to come in to cover that empty spot. He informed them that he had made these plans months in advance and pay for everything up front and they told him he needed to bring the receipts to the jail and write reports why he could not make it if they needed him. One of the sergeants that was at the jail told him maybe he needed to find another job if he couldn’t be readily accessible to them. So they chased yet another great employee off just like the others.

A popular paper on the subject of the Machiavellian practice of “workplace bullying” makes reference to the following:

High Machiavellians may be expected to do the following:

Neglect to share important information;

Find subtle ways of making another person look bad to management;

Fail to meet their obligations;

Spread false rumors about another person.

The caves of Nottingham Gaol 

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Records query: New jail chief cleans house

Screen Shot 2016-03-23 at 10.38.10 PMI have had to make an anonymous FB account because of RETALIATION at the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office. We have been formally warned on paper that we are not to look into anything going on under the GOOD OLE BOY system and if we do, we will be terminated. Because of this, I have been forced to make this Facebook Account to let the public know what is happening inside your very own Sheriff’s Office. – Offended Jailer

MC LENNAN JAILERS RESIGN AFTER QUESTIONING

WACO – One female jailer remarked in disbelief about the stupidity of firing people for looking at a database page.

“You can’t add anything to it; you can’t take anything away. Only special people can do that.”

But her decision to leave her job of 15 years had been building for a long time because of the fear of retaliation at any time.

Oh Lord. For years now..we get a memo Monday saying ‘you shall always do this..failure to do so could result in termination,’ said Teresa Bennett. We roll along a week, 2 days..maybe a month and get a memo about the same thing saying  ‘we will never do this..failure to go by policy could result in termination’…do it, don’t do it, do it, don’t do it…geez..after a while people quit careing. If you had vacation or worked on another shift you were always afraid you would get into trouble because the rules changed daily and each shift did things different..too many chiefs and not enough Indians.

An undetermined number of corrections officers – some with multi-decade experience – are no longer employed at the McLennan County Jail after leaving in murky circumstances involving a probe of staff inquiries into a computer database detailing when and why officers allegedly booked Jail Captain Ricky Armstrong’s wife for driving while intoxicated. Estimates reach as many as 30 who have left since the first of the year.

Armstrong replaced Captain John Kollinek following his departure for a new job with the Baylor University police force in July of 2015.

More than one source demanding anonymity contacted The Legendary recently regarding the details of a harrowing series of investigations carried out by CID Detectives Scaramucci and Bond into when and how jailers accessed the records.

According to knowledgeable sources, those pinpointed in the questioning chose to either resign or face termination. As of Monday, newly promoted Lt. Jennifer Howell is no longer employed at the jail, though inquiries yielded no reason why.

Facebook is just on fire about all this,” said one source, who pointed out that if one is not “friended” by the account holder, there is no access to the postings. “I’m not sure how all that works.”

Another, who long ago resigned, said “It gets to be sickening, this thing of a relative of a department employee being brought in the front door for DWI, then walking right out the back door.”

Corrections Officer Jo D Wilson said, I was questioned by CID, never wrote anything (but) was just recorded and then I made the decision to turn in my resignation, I was not asked to resign. I worked my two weeks after turning in my resignation, but I was never asked why I resigned by any of my superiors and was not granted an exit interview.

She spoke of being given a polygraph exam.

Said Offended Jailer: The investigation and threatening is to scare anyone from speaking of this exact situation.

The entries on Offended Jailer’s Facebook page spoke of jailers being threatened with blackballing by County officials, to see that they never get another decent job.

While it is a criminal offense to make personal use of databases controlled by federal and state authorities – such as NCIC, TCIC and TLETS – it is a violation of Sheriff’s Office policy to probe the internal records kept by the department for other than professional reasons, according to Captain Armstrong’s memo directed to staff.

Many of the night shift jailers advise that they personally observed Captain Armstrong’s wife, Charlene Fulmer Armstrong, admitted to the jail for her third or more DWI.  Now all records of her being there are gone, except the ‘holdover’ records.  Not sure if they overlooked this or it cannot be removed.  After word got out at the jail, the detectives, Scaramucci and Bond, came to the jail to advise, “threaten” the jailers not to talk about it or look it up on the computer.  The belief is that Ms. Armstrong was brought in by a Trooper, unknown name.  I’m sure this could easily be discovered.  Hope you can uncover what happened here,” wrote a confidential source who used a pseudonym.

One would think such a fact could be obtained with ease, but the truth is, Department of Public Safety officials deem those kind of records as “criminal history,” which are off-limits to public information act inquiries, according to a Department spokesman.

To further complicate matters, Mrs. Armstrong also goes by the name of Bahnsen. Sheriff’s Office records obtained confidentially from an unnamed source reveal a history of arrest and confinement for DWI under that name, as well.

Of the several types of database records obtained, “BKSM,” which it was learned stands for booking summary, and “ICLP,” which we are informed stands for some derivative of prisoner classification, show extensive entries under the name of Charlotte Armstrong.

Following discrete inquiry, it was learned that if confronted, McLennan County Sheriff’s Office officials intend to represent that a total of 13 such entries beginning on December 27, 2015, at a few minutes before midnight, the date of a rumored arrest for DWI, were made by staff who were curious about the disposition of the matter.

Neither copies of the “holdover” records or a precise definition of that term seems to be available under prevailing conditions – conditions in which career earnings of retirement funds, benefits and the prestige of faithful service are on the line.

Our source informed us, The date is December 27, 2015, or that is remembered.  The information on the holdover is only under her CID#.  I don’t believe that there is any way to get a copy of it.  They are calling everyone in, one at t time, to talk to the detectives if they see that they have looked at it on the computer.  They obviously do not want anyone talking about this.

There is a “Form 6” filled out on every booking – in or out – and those do not seem to be available. Mrs. Armstrong/Bahnsen is listed only under the CID number, an exponent of the internal record keeping system.

Asked why those forms are not available, and if it’s not a criminal offense to destroy an official document or withhold the evidence contained therein, our informant replied, “Yes, I would think so…I don’t know what happened to it.  I am trying to get you the name of a female that worked there for about 15 years that recently put her 2 weeks notice in along with a scathing letter about why she quit and the situation at the jail.  They called her in and terminated her effective immediately. She may be willing to talk.”

Later, our informant wrote back to say, “Her name is Teresa Bennett.  You can contact her on facebook.  She is the one holding a big fish in her profile pic.  I do not know her myself, my contact at the jail told me about it.  Check out her facebook page, she has an article posted on it about bad management.  I think if you contact her she may talk to you.  Especially now that everything is fresh.  People are quitting at the jail right and left.”

We learned that Ms. Bennett’s service at the jail stretched back 15 years. She responded to our inquiries on her Facebook page and on “Offended Jailer,” the anonymous Facebook page.

Said Ms. Bennett, I wasn’t escorted out..lol..I had been carrying all of my stuff since Dec..I simply turned it in..and left..but I didn’t get an exit interview..I don’t think they do those now..probably because so many are leaving.. I wasn’t questioned about anything..lmao.. I simply asked for a wing spot that is pretty much an only male spot..I was told not only no but that I didn’t deserve it, couldn’t be put anywhere (I worked everywhere) and that all I did was bitch ( he (a supervisor) confuses questions with bitching) he also told me that none of my co workers wanted to work with me. I knew from his attitude that I would never get anywhere…plain and simple. So I typed up my resignation. The next day I was told they accepted my resignation effective immediately, so I left. I’m signing my employment paperwork tomorrow with HEB…

A Facebook friend of hers named Amber Wilson posted on her page, I’m so sad right now… I loved working at McLennan County because of all the wonderful co-workers I had… So many of the staff who worked so hard and dedicated so many years there have recently resigned… When you see your “Officer of the Year”, “Supervisor of the Year”, and the only person willing to go so much above and beyond to take her time and sew the county property to help the county (this is the very minimal to describe these three amazing employees…) all resigned within one month, why is there not an investigation going on? You don’t lose that many years of experience and dedication in a good work environment… Every person I am talking about went above and beyond EVERY DAY they were at work… I hope you all know how much you co-workers miss you and are sad that you are all gone… Everyone except the right people recognize there is a problem… I hope for the remaining officers that the Sheriff will come out and investigate what is going on and that you all can answer without fearing retaliation for telling the truth…

Another detail they shared is that Jail Detective Robert Fulmer is Jail Captain Ricky Armstrong brother-in-law. He has charge of a staff of five persons who investigate criminal matters at the jail.

All arrest records on Mrs. Armstron/Bahnsen are current only through the year 2007, the time of her second arrest for DWI. No others subsequent to that date appear in the documents obtained so far.

All other public information act requests are pending.

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