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Re: “Star treatment

Hoosier, A few years ago some of the deputies tried to start a union. Not to get a pay raise, but to force the sheriff to follow labor laws (He says he's exempt from all labor laws but he isn't). For example, deputies who work overtime are not paid for it. Instead they are given "comp time." Which they are never allowed to take when they want it. Federal labor laws are clear that employees can take comp time whenever they want. When I left I had over 200 hours of comp time built up.

We also wanted the sheriff's policy to mean the same thing no matter who it was applied to. When command staff violated policy their excuse was always "policy is just a guideline."

So what happened? A bureau chief and a commander staked out the union meeting and wrote down names of anyone attending. Secret investigations were conducted to find out who the organizers were. Suspected organizers were harrassed until they quit. The really unfortunate thing was they harrassed some of the wrong people. Deputies who had nothing to do with trying to form a union. People making false accusations against suspected union organizers were promoted or given choice assignments.

Posted by Former Deputy on 03/15/2010 at 1:41 AM

Re: “Sheriff update

I was a deputy for four years. Working conditions in the jail were deplorable. Policy meant whatever they said it meant, and it changed from day to day, and depending on who it was applied to. People on the "in" crowd could do whatever they pleased.

It got so bad that for a while they were having five deputies a month quit. So many deputies quit that Maketa had to lower the hiring standards just to be able to maintain minimum staffing levels. At a time when other agencies increased their education requirements to a bachelor's degree, EPSO lowered theirs to just a HS diploma. All of those deputies had to be trained, which cost the county a lot of money.

Maketa and his cronies used Internal Affairs to intimidate deputies into not asking questions. His claim that what Detective Day did wasn't investigatable by IA is Bull****. We had it pounded into our heads that ANYTHING we did, whether on duty or not was punishable by IA. Just another example of different rules for Maketa's friends.

Posted by Former Deputy on 03/13/2010 at 3:45 AM

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