What A Difference a Year Makes at the Riverside Sheriffs Department
Happy December Dear Readers! We here at Inside Riverside hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Going through readers comments we found some questions from a reader by the handle of "oldfart#1" that we thought you might find very interesting and thought provoking about some of the goings on at the Riverside Sheriff's Department.
Can anyone confirm or deny that:
1. Capt. DiMaggio got the axe for attempting to hack into Valerie Hill's computer.
2. Federal agents raided the home of a Lt. last week.
3. Sheriff Sniff is weeding out everyone who got promoted after they made a hefty donation to Doyle's re-election campaign.
Here's what we do know and what we don't at this time.
1. Captain DiMaggio has been terminated by the Riverside Sheriff''s Department. The reason is as of yet unknown to most. Being that DiMaggio was a member of LEMU (the Law Enforcement Management Unit) he could not be fired without cause. So whenever Sheriff Stan Sniff made the decision to fire DiMaggio he had to do it for a very legitimate and lawful reason. If that didn't happen, then Riverside County would be exposed to a great deal of liability and DiMaggio could petition to get his job back. Sheriff Sniff, ever the stickler for details and integrity, probably had the proper reasons to give DiMaggio the boot.
On the other hand, Sniff also gave a pink slip to Chief Randy Throne, Esquire, around the same time. Throne as many of you know was a member of disgraced former Sheriff Bob Doyle's inner circle. Rumor has it he attempted to get demoted to Captain where he would have union and civil service protections after Sniff was sworn into the office. Sniff did not grant the demotion request and kept Throne at the rank of Chief Deputy, where he would be an At Will employee who could be relieved of duty for any reason or no reason at all.
Throne allegedly was terminated for circulating defamatory information about Sheriff Sniff that undermined the Chain of Command within the Sheriff's Department. Sniff, a retired Army Colonel, is not one that would likely take insubordination or subversion of the Chain of Command lightly. If Throne did what many allege he was to do, it makes you wonder dear reader if he may have been trying to get fired so he could practice law full time.
2. Inside Riverside can not confirm or deny that a Lieutenant of the Sheriff's Department had his/her house raided by the FBI week. Unless the Feds have someone they are working with that is leaking information to the press (as in the later days of the Royal Doyle's reign of terror) they typically do not comment on their investigations, leaving those of us in the media to guess and theorize as to their methods and motives.
3. All of Bob Doyle's inner circle have been purged from the higher echelons of the Riverside Sheriff's Department. That huge sigh you hear dear readers is the collective relief of Riverside County's law abiding public as they relax and rejoice in the fact that those who are responsible for enforcing the law in Riverside County are no longer the same scoundrels that many believe flaunted the laws they were entrusted to enforce.
Here's the roundup on the Royal Doyle, his Jesters, and where they all landed:
The Royal Doyle resigned as Sheriff in disgrace in 2007 to take a backwater position on the state parole board. It's a place where he can do little harm, but it makes his late 2006 face lift of little value before the cameras, but maybe the inmates think he's a sharp looking chap when the come before him.
Neil Lingle got his rear end handed to him in the Palm Desert City Council election. Although he had the support of Jim "How Many Ribs Can You Break In A Motel Room" Ferguson, it was not enough for him to overcome the powerful accomplishments of incumbents Dick Kelly, Bob Spiegel, and Cindy Finerty (even in an anti-incumbent year). Perhaps if the Toys R Us shootout had happened before the Election, Lingle might have had a prayer, but fortunately this senseless act of violence occurred three weeks too late for Lingle.
Mike "The Anointed" Andrews has had little anointing since Doyle left him high and dry. Andrews allegedly quit when the Board of Supervisors wisely appointed Sniff as Doyle's replacement, but then according to County gossip, Doyle had Andrews get the resignation letter back so Doyle could fire him. As a fired Assistant Sheriff Andrews could collect a healthy severance that he could not get if he called it quits. In hindsight, it was a foolish move because how does Andrews get a job with another law enforcement agency. When they ask why he was fired from RSO, it probably doesn't look good for him to try and say "I wasn't fired. Bobby and I were just gaming the system." So it appears Andrews has taken an early and permanent retirement.
Tom "Where Did These Medals Come From" Freeman, the political guru that brought Doyle to the pinnacle of power, then gave him most (if not all) of the bad advice that led to the cash-for-badges scandal and the No Confidence vote by the Riverside Sheriffs Association in 2006 is still lurking in the shadows of Riverside County government at the mercy and blessing of Riverside County Supervisor Roy "The Professor" Wilson.
After stepping in a waste basket while moving the Royal Doyle's personal belongings off of the Second Floor of the Sheriff's Administration Center, Freeman was hospitalized, but recovered to take a job at Riverside County's version of Devil's Island --- the Economic Development Agency. He is currently the head of EDA's Press Information Office. Freeman has rubbed a lot of people wrong there in the last year, and is rumored to be on a very, very, very short leash. His boss probably doesn't want Freeman to do for her any of the career favors that Freeman did for Doyle over at the RSO. Wilson may be the only reason Freeman is still employed.
Throne was the last of the holdovers, but now as you read above, that oversight appears to have been corrected. The darkness that hung over the Riverside Sheriffs Department since January 2003 has been eliminated and the pure disinfecting power of natural sunlight is shining through the doors and windows.
If you have any credible information about any of these exciting and interesting items, dear readers, please post them in the comments. We will review, probe, and publish those which we deem legitimate and of interest to the news starved population of Riverside County.