About an hour after the meeting, I received the below text from Sheriff Morgan (highlighted on the bottom of the string.)
I have not responded.
But in the meantime, I certainly DO NOT want the sheriff to send me a "copy upon completion."
What will he send me a copy of--the areas he is not longer going to patrol as frequently? I don't want that list, because once I have it (if I receive it) it may possibly become a public record which I must release if I am asked (if it is not an exempted item). If it is released, it will go to the media, if it goes to the media, the bad guys will know what areas will be "seeing a reduction of patrol coverage" Is that what the Sheriff wants to happen?
To say I am disappointed that the sheriff is telling District 1 that we will receive a reduction of patrol coverage is an understatement. We have had big issues with crime in West Escambia, Myrtle Grove, Avondale, Bellview, and other areas of District 1. We have had murders in Beulah (Billings murders, Billy Boyette murder spree, and the recent murder where a body was dumped on Klondike Road) residents in Logan Place have endured had a rash of car burglaries--and to say these areas are going to receive "a reduction of patrol coverage" is astonishingly disappointing.
Even if this was planned it should not be discussed. And the timing of this text, right after the meeting where we attempted to compromise with Sheriff Morgan (where we bumped his budget up to give all his men a 3% raise) could be construed by some as retaliatory or worse yet.....threatening.
All because, apparently, we did not fund him an 8% year over year budget increase. 8%.
What a disappointment.