Well dear readers, remember you saw it here first. Neil Lingle's appointment was dead on arrival at the Board of Supervisors meeting yesterday. The petty politics and pure thuggery of the Doyle regime had left too many people beaten down and bruised, and finally those people spoke out. Reminds you off South Africa after Nelson Mandella was freed, doesn't it?
Paramount amongst those who spoke up was Assistant Sheriff Valerie Hill who told the Board she was forced to agree to retire in the next year in exchange for her promotion. In criminal matters we're pretty sure that practice is known as extortion.
The Sergeants, Lieutenants, and Captains of the Sheriff's Department also deserve a tip of the hat for standing up for what was right and not giving in to the pressures above. Because of these brave law enforcement professionals, Neil Lingle will soon go into retirement with Bob Doyle, while Stan Sniff will come out of retirement to serve as the next Sheriff of Riverside County. That's poetic justice.
Supervisors John Tavaglione, Marion Ashley, and Jeff Stone deserve the highest compliments for seeing through Neil Lingle and his vain attempts to distance himself from the Royal Doyle. They saw it for the sham that it was and voted to do the right thing: use this unusual opportunity before them to restore honor and integrity to the highest leadership post in the Sheriff's Department by appointing Colonel Stan Sniff to the post.
Supervisors Bob Buster and Roy Wilson should be ashamed of themselves for voting against Sniff, especially when it was obvious there were not enough votes to give the job to Lingle. Instead of voting for unity and healing in the Sheriff's Department, they voted to continue the division.
How they could support Lingle after all the information and testimony they received about the unethical and possibly illegal ways Doyle and Lingle were running the RSO is unclear. Both will have to answer the voters of their separate districts on this topic. They'll probably say that over 70% of the voters put Doyle and office and his wishes should have been granted to appoint Lingle in his place. The problem with that argument is that Neil Lingle could never withstand the scrutiny of the election process. Head to head against Stan Sniff he probably would have had his head handed to him just like he did yesterday.
On a regretful note dear readers, its too bad we don't have footage from the seats in the back of the Supervisors Chambers to show you the look of childish outrage on Neil Lingle's face when he stormed out yesterday afternoon to probably throw a tantrum. We postulate that he most likely called up someone from the K-9 unit just so he could have someone's dog to kick after the verbal beating he took at the Board meeting.
The Riverside Public Utility should keep an eye on the power usage of the Sheriff's Office so that the County Government Center doesn't find itself in the midst of a rolling blackout. The kilowatt usage is likely to increase in the next few weeks as shredders are brought in and plugged into every socket to get rid of any information that could be used in a criminal investigation.
Congratulations to Colonel Stan Sniff, our new sheriff. We've been pulling for you for quite a while and believe you are the right person for the job. You have been vindicated good sir. We trust that you won't let us down when it comes to getting the Sheriff's Department back on track. We'll be keeping an eye on things so that our readers know you delivered on the promises you made yesterday.
And just in case you're keeping score, dear readers it's Inside Riverside 2, Press Enquirer 0.
We predicted that Doyle would not serve a full term in office and that Neil Lingle would not receive the appointment to replace the Royal Doyle. The Press Enterprise backed the Neil and Bob Show until the bitter end and the credibility of this once reliable newspaper has suffered once again. If they don't get their act together at the PE it won't be long until the Pennysaver becomes their biggest competitor.