PARKERSBURG — Quite a lot of Wooden County Deputy Sheriffs have made a vote of no confidence within the management of Wooden County Sheriff Steve Stephens.
In a letter provided to The Parkersburg Information and Sentinel in addition to delivered to the house of Wooden County Administrator Marty Seufer by a deputy, the Wooden County Deputy Sheriff’s Affiliation met Oct. 10, and with 27 energetic members voting, the unanimous choice was made to draft a letter to the Wooden County Fee stating they might now not assist Stephens in his position as sheriff.
Within the letter, lots of the feedback had been made on to Stephens with the letter stating members had been compelled to behave in response to Stephens’ management.
“You’ve been our Sheriff for 5 years,” the letter said. “Throughout this time, you’ve destroyed the constructive tradition inside our group and developed a tradition that may solely be described as hostile and damaging.
“We will greatest outline you as a Tyrant.”
The letter said the sheriff exercised his energy like “an oppressive dictator” with deputies and supervisors annoyed and saddened by his lack of management and professionalism.
“The ambiance within the workplace can solely be described as miserable, annoying and plagued with heavy negativity,” the letter stated. “The unprofessional and dehumanizing technique wherein you deal with personnel at our Sheriff’s Workplace has continued and change into more and more worse to the purpose that a number of tenured members of our company and different workers have lately retired, resigned or are in search of different employment sooner than they needed.”
The letter stated the workers within the workplace “have needed to endure tirades and matches of anger” the sheriff has allegedly displayed.
The letter makes the allegation that actions the sheriff took with a barricaded suspect positioned his security and the protection of the deputies in danger. A canopy letter talked about “ongoing allegations that can not be legally mentioned presently” in relation to the affiliation taking the vote to not assist Stephens as sheriff.
The letter stated posts the sheriff makes on Fb are sometimes self-promoting and written to point out Stephens as caring concerning the neighborhood.
“This can be a full farce; you under no circumstances behave in that method together with your deputies or workers,” the letter stated including the deputies really feel the sheriff takes credit score for the laborious work different folks within the company have carried out.
“We really feel that these accomplishments are achieved regardless of your management, not due to your management,” the letter stated.
The Wooden County DSA feels Stephens doesn’t maintain himself to the identical normal of accountability he would for a deputy. The letter alleges the sheriff has didn’t reside as much as requirements corresponding to guidelines of conduct, ethics, the oath of workplace and different guiding rules.
The letter stated a replica is being despatched to the Wooden County Fee with the request that motion be taken on this matter.
“To be clear, we are going to proceed to serve our neighborhood in one of the best ways we will with the sources we now have,” the letter stated. “We’ll proceed to carry ourselves and one another to a excessive normal of conduct and professionalism.
“We’ll present the service we imagine every individual deserves after they name upon us.”
County officers stated the division had 35 deputies.
Wooden County Fee President Blair Sofa stated he has seen the letter and had no remark to make presently. He stated it may be mentioned throughout Thursday’s fee assembly.
Stephens additionally has seen the letter and had no touch upon it. He stated he didn’t know if it was one thing that must be mentioned with the fee.
A cellphone quantity on the letter for the affiliation rang to a desk on the sheriff’s division and a message left about whether or not the DSA has authorized illustration was not returned.
The matter will not be on Thursday’s fee agenda for motion, however the fee has an open door coverage the place folks can come and speak to them on all kinds of points. The agenda solely contains issues the fee will take instant motion on.
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