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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Diversity

Blogger Comments:  Folks, it looks like the Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell may not be much diversity.  We find that a lot in Alabama.  Some of our readers believe that Sheriff Mitchell may need some sensitivity training and learn the importance of diversity.   Your thoughts?

MINORITY EMPLOYMENT WITHIN THE LAWRENCE CO. SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, IS THERE REASON FOR CONCERN?

When Sheriff Gene Mitchell took office in January 2007 after completing his staff minority employment within the sheriff's department was at 4% (2 employees) out of more than 50 employees. Today almost 12 years later the sheriff's department is still at 4% with only 2 minority employees. One is an SRO assigned to R.A. Hubbard High School a predominantly black school. The other is an administrative assistant with the Lawrence Co. Drug Task force and is in a locked trailer behind an 8-foot wood fence. There are no minority or black employees in any of the major divisions of the sheriff's office Patrol, Investigations, Corrections, and Communications. There also are no minorities in the ADMINISTRATIVE division. The job requirement for these positions at entry level according to the county handbook is at least 19 years of age (21 for deputy or investigator), have no felony convictions and possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent, for a deputy also a valid drivers license. My question is are there not any minorities who meet these job requirements interested in working for the Sheriffs Department?

A normal reply is no one applies.  My question is are they aware of openings?  How is someone suppose to know when the Sheriffs Department has an opening or is updating their applicant pool? How does the sheriff's department advertise openings or when they are accepting applications? They do not advertise in the local paper and jobs are not posted on their official web page or social media sites or participate in local job fairs. Job openings are basically kept secret. What does the Sheriff's Department do to reach out to the minority communities to try and improve minority employment?

Over the last 12 years, a few minorities have been hired as SRO/Deputy but all only stayed a few months before leaving. The last minority who was not retained at the end of his probationary period sued the Sheriff overpay discrepancy between himself and a white deputy with lesser years of experience.  But the department has never really got above the 4%. What is the atmosphere within the sheriff's department for minority employees?

Since January 2007 in almost 12 years Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell has sent at least 16 people to the law enforcement academies to become state certified law enforcement officers. Of the 16 all where white males. No blacks or women have been sent or has graduated from the academy during Mitchell's time in office. The first person to be sent to the academy was jailer Blake Robinson and since that time all persons sent to the academy were either jailers or new hire deputies.

An Affirmative-action Lesson Alabama's Highway Patrol Is Integrated. Some Say The Cost Was High.

By Donna St. George, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU

28 comments:

  1. Is Sheriff Gene Mitchell thought process or feelings on minority hiring still the same as it was in 1995 when he was a fob james man?

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  2. Why do the people in the minority communities continue to support, endorcement and vote for someone who takes their vote for granted? You support someone for 12 years and at year 12 it is no better than year 1. The only reason is if you believe in your heart that better can not be done and with that you are saying that there is not a minority who can meet the requirements of 19 years of age, a high school diploma or GED and no felony confictions. If you can meet those requirements you qualify for a minimum of 18 positions within the sheriff's dept. Of those 18 positions now not a single minority is employed. So in my opinion this is a direct slap in the face to the minority communities and if those communities and the leaders of these communities continue to not demand and show politicians there are consequences for disrespecting them like this, then shame on you.

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    1. The leaders and people in these communities need to stand up ND say enough is enough, we have supported you for 12 years and there has not been any improvements, we are going a different direction, we may be back in four years but this time we going to try something different. If a person knows your going to line up and vote for them based soely on party affiliation and they know you going to vote for them no matter What they do then what incentive is there for them to change their behavior? That's why you were at 4% 12 years ago and your at 4% today and if you vote the same way again in four more years you will still be at 4% and it will be no one's fault but the ones who voted for him. Sorry to be so harsh but maybe it is time for some tough love.

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  3. The problem is politicians cater to one or two people and we all know who they are, treating them like kings and they get everyone else to vote for the individual, the only person getting anything out of this is the one or two, they don't care if anyone gets hired or needs are met or treated with respect, as long as the high sheriff caters to them. 100% fact and everyone knows it is the truth.

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  4. Guess Gene Mitchell will call this more twisted words and facebook sparring, lol. So weak. All facts call the county commission office and ask them how many minorities being paid out of sheriff's budget? Techically none, dtf secretary on a federal government grant? SRO paid thru board of education? Everything can be proven thru payroll records at the county commission office. Again nk blacks or women to academy. Can find 16 white people to send but can't find one black or female to send. Facts, no twisted words here gene, your record, stand up and accept it.

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  5. One thing aboutbit, that silver tongue devil GM as boyce Lee BL likes to call him, he can't talk his way out of these numbers, can't silver tongue facts.

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  6. Well based on the information in the blog i thing Mr. Mitchell absolutely needs some diversity within the ranks of the Sheriff's Office. How do you explain not having a single minority patrol deputy, not one single minority corrections officer or one single minority dispatcher and even investigations.

    I think anyone with a brain can figure out there are issues here and seem to have been for a while and nothing being done to change it. I am appalled by this and if i was a minority voter in this county i would be doing some serious consideration before casting my vote for Mr. Mitchell.

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  7. Sheriff Mitchell can you tell me what is wrong with picking apart a politicians statements your statements? If we don't pick apart these statements then things slip thru, for example lies like this to the voters in an attempt to get elected - I will only serve one term, I will not keep left over food money and I will not hire my brothers. So sheriff do you now understand why it is necessary to pick apart your words and hold you accountable to these words which you spoke.

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  8. I want to hear more about this 78 year old lawman who works day and night and night and day! What exactly does he do in this 24 hour work day? I mean the s.o. has the records so I would like to know how many incident/offense reports has he completed in the last 12 years? How many arrests has he made on the last 12 years? How many traffic citations has he issued in the last 12 years? Since I know I will answer for you ZERO!!! So I would guess next is he spends the 24 hours working on administrative stuff, right? Naw not really, I mean he has a chief clerk and two other clerks who handle bookkeeping, Gary the jail trustee runs the jail preparing menus and ordering food, then he has a chief deputy brother Kenneth, 4 captains, four lieutenants and 5 sergeants so I would hope that you 17 would be carrying a lot of the weight or else that is more waste of tax payer money. But he is out on Friday and Saturday night running them car tags. Not in uniform because uniforms are for lower class employees right sheriff? Or are you just ashamed to wear your own departments uniform?

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    1. I would like to know if he has ever answered one single call by himself from dispatch? Has dispatch ever given him a call of a domestic violence or burglary or theft or harassment or anything that the patrol deputies do day in and day out, has he ever been dispatched on one of these calls and responded and handled the call with out help from a deputy or investigator? I am about 95 % sure the answer is NO! so much for getting out in the field. working day and night, i dont thinks so, sounds like someone is looking to Nov7th for a promotion!!!

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    2. So with 17 of the say 50 employees what does that come out to, let me get my Montgomery calculator out here, one supervisor per every 2 employees. well that might be ok if all the supervisors didn't work monday thru friday from 8 am till 4pm, leaving no supervision after 4pm.

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    3. Having no supervision after 4pm when your least experienced employees are normally working (last one hired goes to night shift) does not sound like good solid management. Put your least experienced employees out with no supervision and then blow a gasket when something happens, i guess this is some of that experience we been hearing about. This is about like having all 6 of your investigators work day shift monday thru friday 8am - 4pm and then wonder why you have so much overtime, smh. Everyone knows most residential burglaries happen during the day while people are at work (just like all the s.o. supervisors) then when they get home from work they discover the burglary and/or theft and call the law! Well all our investigators went home at 4 so now we have to call someone out and pay them overtime. Is this that outstanding budgetary experience we been hearing about? Management of resources experience we been hearing about? If it is i think we need a different experience than that.

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    4. 50 plus employees and and only two minority employees thats like only 4%???

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  9. Also this experience I keep hearing about? Has he arrested anyone for murder in last 12 years? Restructured the investigative unit? How? Looks same as Last four sheriff's to me. Staying within the budget? You don't want us to get into the montgomery arithmetic here. I would like to know what the budget was in 2006-2007 and 2018-2019 mr just give me level funding, lol. We know all about that level funding Peggy king did for you, robbing Peter to pay paul. So what exactly is the experience difference with Max, he has 32 years law enforcement experience and more than 25 years military experience serving his country retiring as a lt colonel I believe so educate me on the specifics on this imaginary experience gap, please.

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    1. Some times this so called years of experience in the same job for a long period lets say 12 years can lead to stagnation. It can lead to complacency. Sometimes you need someone who has been out of law enforcement for a little while and has gotten his batteries recharged. Sometimes you need new ideas, new leadership and new direction to kinda jump start the members of the department again. Now just may very well be the time.

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    2. Nice rebutal, very informative and factual, Mr. H.E. "hogwash" Mitchell. All 100% true and factual. If you have proof to the contrary please blog.

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  10. My goodness Gene are we going to have to come up there from Montgomery and bring the whole LEVITICUS crew to smoke these people off you? You better be glad we done got past October! Oh crap we haven't got to October yet!!! You on your own Mitch!

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  11. Investigators don't need to attack private citizens over their fb posts if your not tagged or named in the post. Quit being so whiney Esp when your contribution was walking thru and contaminating the crime scene and had to be corrected, remember? Old gene had to weigh in too, guess it doesn't require any energy to attack a woman on fb over her post.

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  12. Well gene you better get on your toes, word is you have a lt inv who is running in 2022 no matter what you do. From fb activity it looks like he is gearing up to take you on if necessary, you know the truth in your gut.

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  13. Gene you and butch didn't do crap on cruz case, that is fact!!! Stop trying to make yourself look good. All gene does is walk around with notebook in his hand trying to look like he is working for spectators and media.

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    1. Gene why is it you only walk people to court on cases when the media is present? In 12 years working at the court house I have never seen you walk a prisoner to court if there was not a camera there.

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    2. Well butch been up 29 hours straight, you can't hang with me. Also checked the sheriff's department official website and facebook page all the way back to when it was started in 2016 and there is not one single word not one sheriff gene mitchell on how or when or anything about applying for a job or department openings. You do ze%o when it comes to community outreach related to employment, there is no outreach to the the minority communities which I guess is why there are on 2 out of 50 or 4% minority employment and has been that way for 12 years no improvement.

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  14. Gene just read your post on linda blanton page, keep talking those twisted words that get picked apart. You just confirmed you have 7 investigators. But yet last week when a burglary and theft in the felony range you would not send a deputy or an investigator out to the scene and the owners have a suspect. Pitiful and this lack of leadership is why it is time for you to go. Quit trying to intimidate women who post something you don't agree with. You the sheriff, act like it. Stop trying to silence someone because you don't agree with them, but you just staying your liberal values, thats what yall do try and shout people down you gene mitchell and Maxine waters two of a kind.

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  15. Gene you strutted around here and crowed like you was the COCK of the walk when you suspended your COS for what you said was evidence issues, well looks like it was all montgomery politics smoke and mirrors. Nothing after 9 months or is this your October surprise so you can crow some more? You have nothing because there is nothing, 2 keys and you had one of them, wasn't handled properly more poor experience and weak leadership. Lied to abi about 2nd key, that is a no no. I believe they about to figure you out Esp after false accusations against mpd officer in jail.

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  16. Gene mitchell, how many of your investigators are minority? None. So you wasted tax payers money for you and the SEVEN (7) investigators to go to Nashville for a pat on the back but you can't send out a deputy or an investigator when a burglary and theft is reported to your office. Have you did anything to address who makes the call on this? Acording to dispatchers you haven't did anything. Weak weak leadership.

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  17. Sheriff Gene Mitchell your comments in 1995 in which you were against affirmitve action within DPS and said it was bad for the organization. Does those comments have anything to do with your thinking today as to why you do not make a legitimate effort to hire minorities? I mean 2 out of 50 is bad. Very bad record. 4%.

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  18. Gene, good morning! we know you have an issue with your age 78 years old and the daily had to correct you when you tried hide your age. But a question I have is why are you using photos in your campaign material that is 8 and some 10 years old. Are you that concerned about being 78 years old and running for another 4 year term, I mean why else would you resort to montgomery style of politics using 10 year old photos and not being honest about your age. Just curious.

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