Several of the anonymous complaints blame the ex-employees themselves for either being forced to resign or be fired. Some of the employees just resigned because of pressure and harassment. The sheriff's office had lost well over half of the long-term employees several months ago. It would not surprise me if the number of employees who have exited the sheriff’s office isn’t well over two-thirds of the original staff by now.
The statistics of loss is unusual. The Morgan County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) pay scale is one of the lowest in the state except for the favored few. It is time for a change. Sheriff Franklin has taken enough money from the sheriff's office and the posse funds that she could have given the employees raises that would bring them up to the state standard without assistance from the county commission. However, Franklin's greed took over and the employees are still overworked and underpaid. A lot of people blame the commission for the lack of raises. Each office must budget for their employees’ salaries, bonuses, promotions, pay increases, equipment, materials, and vehicles, etc., in many cases their budget is cut due to funding shortfalls. The MCSO established a non-profit organization many years ago. The some of the posse funds from that non-profit organization should have gone to the MCSO to supplement the shortfalls. That didn't happen. When the sheriff first took office and reorganized the posse the cash funds initially were deposited into the posse account. It didn't take long for the corrupt leadership to see that a ton of cash was flowing into their hands and the cash proceeds stopped being deposited in the account.
The posse generated a lot of donated foods, drinks, paper plates, cups, and cash donations. The posse was going strong and the sheriff bought lavish horse trailers, horses, personalized equipment and gear, and big trucks to haul her goods in. The sheriff fancied the posse with embroidered shirts, vests, cowboy/girl hats, and other clothing. The sheriff paid for lavish trips to competitions. Yet, very little cash made it to the bank for deposit. A lot of the purchases the sheriff made was in cash. Strange very strange. A lot of the money that was spent on the posse also came out of the sheriff's office accounts that had nothing to do with the posse.
The posse was also set up for specials needs. Very little of the money went to the special needs victims of our county. Very few donations were made to the special need in our county. The only special needs that were met was the special needs of Sheriff Franklin, Larry Berzett, and others within the clique. Nothing is being said that cannot and will not be proven.
So! The people of our county should not blame the county commission for the shortfalls within the sheriff's office. The MCSO shortfalls fall at the feet of Sheriff Ana Franklin and those she has overpaid in overtime such as Bones Wilson, Blake Robinson, and Ron Livingston. Bones Wilson and Blake Robinson have been paid to do the sheriffs dirty work for a long time. The overtime these three individuals have requested and received under the watchful eyes of the Morgan County Sheriff (MCS) is a disgrace. At the same time, these three received an unbelievable amount of overtime while the deputies as the first responders were required to come to work thirty minutes early everyday w/o pay; they received little to no overtime; they were ordered to work posse events, many of them with no pay. Our sources tell us that Ron Livingston was paid even when he wasn't there.
So, for the anonymous out there who believed the everyday employee and ex-employees are just a bunch of whiners, that is because you are insiders in the pack of non-desirables who have milked the cow dry.
Does it tick us off on how badly mistreated the road deputies are? You bet. The sheriff has allowed deputies such as Joey Coburn to continue working as a road deputy. Coburn has had multiple complaints of aggressive behavior; Bones Wilson has killed multiple family pets (not to mention his role in the invasion of an office and installation of Keylogger software being installed w/o warrants); Blake Robinson is guilty of following the whistleblowers, and assisting with keylogger software and invasion. Yet Turk Jones, Chad Sain, Frank Anderson, Rick Sherman, and many others have suffered far worse discipline and indignity at the hands of the sheriff, Blake, and Bones. The sheriff does not discipline the chosen ones. She can't because they have too much on her and vice versa.
The road deputies are treated like second-class citizens. Can you imagine how the inmates are treated?