Most of you have already read one of several stories on this incident. I know that by reviewing how many of you sent me a link to one of the stories or another. But if you haven’t, here is the link to the Daily Press story.
For long-time readers of this blog, this story strikes a bit of a chord. That is because we have detailed such incidents in the past and have been called “liars” and such. Some of the reason for that is that usually when a county employee faces threats on the job and complains, it is the complaining party that suddenly finds himself under scrutiny and facing disciplinary action.
My therapist at Kaiser told me that he had county employees on his case load that had to get restraining orders against their county supervisors because the workplace threats got so bad. Human Resources has traditionally attacked the employee, not the supervisor making the threat.
Over the years we have details such situations at the Auditor-Controller-Recorder’s office, Sheriff’s Department, and more recently, at the Transititional Assistance Department and the Public Defender’s office. One of the employees had to actually run and duck to avoid being hit by a supervisor.
At least one of the employees above called the Sheriff’s Department and the incident was swept under the rug. I believe the employee got into trouble for complaining about the threats her supervisor made to her.
So what sets this incident apart. Of course, none of us really know the circumstances but we do know that instead of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department investigating the incident, the investigation was done by the Barstow Police Department. Yes, I do believe that makes a difference because neither the County Executive Officer nor the director of Human Resources can tell the Barstow Police Department what to do nor can they influence its members in the same way as they can county administrators who must depend on their funding from the County’s General Fund.
This may be a case of two women after the same man, a DDA abusing her clerk or secretary, or any other in a long list of possibilities. I can only say that it is nice to see an agency take such things seriously. I only hope they arrested the right person.
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