Just when we thought that the Royal Doyle couldn't surprise us anymore, he has!
Riverside County Sheriff Bob Doyle who announced his resignation last month has decided that he just doesn't want to stick around any longer than he has to. Doyle has reportedly phoned in to County Supervisor John Tavaglione that he wants out of his job today. The Board of Supervisors will now have take action to move up the appointment of Sheriff-Designate Stan Sniff from October 12 to the earliest possible date.
Then again should this surprise anyone? After all, Doyle's been phoning in for the job for at least the last year if not longer.
Doyle leaves the Riverside Sheriff's Department with very little stature in the community and a personal legacy of disgrace.
Bob Doyle will always be remembered as the Sheriff who drove the RSO into the ground, gave honorary badges to his campaign contributors, lost the support of his deputies in his re-election campaign, took no legitimate action to stop the early release of criminals from the county jails, refused to work with the District Attorney, seldom came to work, is alleged to promote individuals based on the size of their contributions to his campaign, fired a potential political opponent without cause, did not require those closest to him to keep proper time cards, and valued loyalty over competency.
With a legacy like that, is it any wonder that the Board of Supervisors rejected Doyle's hatchet man, Undersheriff Neil Lingle, as his replacement in office?
Good riddance Bob Doyle. Inside Riverside will miss having you to kick around, but we feel much more comfortable with someone like Stan Sniff who actually gives a damn about the job and the people of Riverside County at the helm of the Sheriff's Department.