Twenty Eight Sign Bipartisan Blast of No-Confidence in St. Mary’s Sheriff Cameron’s Bid for Unprecedented Fourth Term in Office
To the editor:
This year is an election year. Each election cycle is important, but this year’s local elections will be pivotal. The citizens of St. Mary’s County will have the opportunity to change leadership in one of the most important agencies in our county. The Sheriff’s Office is responsible for providing many important services in our county. Providing security for our schools, operation of the detention center, security for the Circuit Court, Child Support and many other areas that most citizens are unaware of.
Like what we see in national politics, we see glimpses of it in local politics. Unfortunately for Deputies in St. Mary’s County any Deputy can become the target of frivolous administrative investigations. These investigations are morale killers for deputies and many times devastate their careers and families. While the agency struggles to maintain staff levels and deputies working overtime, Sheriff Cameron places unneeded pressure on employees with these frivolous investigations. A good analogy may be to think of Cameron as Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller. The Sheriff allows petty allegations to be investigated for long periods of time with no concern at all about costs or ramifications to the agency. Often times, finding no evidence of the original offense the Sheriff will find unrelated policy violations and charge the deputies. What adds insult to injury is that most or all of these violations are petty and were most likely violations that the Sheriff himself committed in his career. That is one of the things that makes this agency so unprofessional and difficult to work at.
“The Sheriff will no doubt excuse away each of these deputies and their complaints as some sour grapes or just political paybacks. That’s is not what this is.”
Every once in a while, the public will see the unprofessional bully-like behavior of the Sheriff rear its head. For example, in January of this year, Sheriff Cameron blamed others for his inability to fill a position on the St. Mary’s County Alcohol Board. The Sheriff used the lack of manpower as an excuse. The Sheriff is responsible for the low manpower. In March of 2016, the Sheriff’s chosen leader, Maj. John Horne disrupted a County Commissioner’s hearing on the budget. Maj Horne took the liberty to berate and insult an elected official (see video below). IF the Major and the Sheriff will treat an elected official that way, just imagine the treatment of the average Deputy. Unfortunately, and sadly, way too many deputies have been on the wrong side of this wrath.
The Sheriff will no doubt excuse away each of these deputies and their complaints as some sour grapes or just political paybacks. That’s is not what this is. This is the only way to confront a bully. You must expose the actions of the bully and stand up. Individually, we can’t stand up but collectively we can have a voice and hopefully, with the help of the good people of St. Mary’s County, we can vote for new and ethical leadership. In closing, I wish to reinforce the courage of the listed former employees to put their names to paper. Remember the many other Deputies, civilians and Correctional Officers who stand in principle with these concerns but fear retribution if their names were made public.
We, the undersigned citizens, neighbors, friends, and co-workers have all signed onto this document as a vote of NO CONFIDENCE for the current Sheriff and his leadership. We can do better this election.
William Jones (ECC)
Kelly Corcoran (Bowling)
Matthew Rogers (Editor’s Note: Cpl. Matt Rogers resigned following lying about being in the police car that Correctional Officer Gogul wrecked into the Easton, Md. Dunkin Donuts while both were intoxicated.)
Shane Cameron: (Editor’s Note: Terminated for truthfulness by trial board, reversed by Circuit Court, reinstated by Appeals Court ruling
Mike George: (Editor’s Note: See Story – Two deputies injured during confrontations with dangerous criminals; two different outcomes
Mike Phelan (Terminated as a Deputy by St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron in 2014 and son of GOP candidate Tom Phelan)
Kelly Lowther (Editor’s Note: See Commentary – The Bar Fight Boozing Assistant Sheriff Mike Merican Had To Win)
Ted Belleavoine (Democratic Candidate for Sheriff)
LITTLE WHITE LIES: Starring CAMERON’S COMMANDERS
Turmoil at the Top! St. Mary’s Sheriff Narco Boss Capt. Dan Alioto Booted
Turmoil At The Top: The Case Of The Deceptive Detective Capt. Dan Alioto – WHEN A LIAR COP CAN’T TESTIFY IN A CRIMINAL CASE; BAD GUYS MAY BE RELEASED
THE REST OF THE STORY Kelly Lowther cleared by Clarion Bar video but fired anyway by St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron
Why is Republican St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron covering up for crooked cops? Where’s the loot? St. Mary’s Assistant Sheriff gave $80,000 in evidence to his stepson and a pal and was never charged with a crime
- Crooked cops: Baltimore County Police nab one of their own for theft of property, evidence, loot and drugs (22)
- St. Mary’s Sheriff suspends two captains on heels of admission cops were shooting at occupied homes (21.6)
- St. Mary’s Sheriff commander under investigation for false claim of overtime (20.1)
- Federal Prosecutors: Loudoun Sheriff’s Deputy Indicted for Stealing $200 Grand from Asset Forfeiture (19.2)