THE VOLUSIA COUNTY GOVERNMENT LIE
During County Charter Reviews
No Citizen(s) Came Forward To Propose Amendments
To The County Officers' Policies.
August 17, 2017
According to a recent Daytona Beach News Journal (DBNJ) article "Volusia County officials are looking for lobbyists in Tallahassee to fight against any bills that would overrule the charter and give elected department heads — like the sheriff — more control of their budgets."
The DBNJ article further memorialized the County's position that over the last 40 years of the Volusia County Charter Review Commission (VCCRC) (1975, 1985, 1995, 2005 & 2015) that "citizens did not come forward to propose amendments to the county officers' policies." See the below linked pic of page 8 of the agenda item. Click here to read the agenda item in it's entirety.
In short - the County's account that no citizen(s) recommended changes to these "county officers' policies" - is an outright LIE. During the most recent Charter review (2015-2016) - this publication - sent a representative to three (3) meetings of the VCCRC between September 2015 to February 2016. We welcome you to review the three videos of these meetings, as well as the attached written minutes of these meetings (See Videos - Right Of Page -->).
During these VCCRC meetings - Mr. John Bandorf made three recommendations.
1. That the Volusia County Sheriff's Office be returned to an office under the State Constitution.
Currently the Sheriff's Office is the county office of the Volusia County Department Of Public Safety.
2. That the sheriff take over supervision of the county jail.
Currently the jail is under the Divison of Corrections - within the County's Department Of Public Protection.
3. That the Volusia County Medical Examiner's Office be return to the State of Florida.
Currently the Medical Examiner's Office is under the County's Department of Public Protection.
October 12, 2015 Charter Review Commission Meeting
(Minutes 9:25 - 16:18)
SEE ABOVE VIDEO
Mr. Greg Gimbert Speaks Directly After Mr. John Bandorf - And Mr. Gimbert Endorses Mr. Bandorf's Recommendation Regarding The Sheriff's Office
Commission Minutes 10-12-2015
September 23, 2015 Charter Review Commission Listening Session
(Minutes 9:30 - 19:15)
Commission Minutes 9-23-2015
February 1, 2016 Charter Review Commission Meeting
(Minutes 3:10 - 6:35)
Commission Minutes 2-1-2016
During the October 12, 2015 meeting - citizen Greg Gimbert endorsed Mr. Bandorf's recommendation that the Sheriff's office be returned to the authority of the State's Constitution.
And there you have it - in our OPINION - Sheriff Mike Chitwood is correct - regarding his statements in the recent DBNJ artice The county IS basically telling Sheriff Chitwood to "go f**k himself" - and the county has no credibility.
Well - should we (citizens) really be that surprised - after-all as outlined in an April 2013 DBNJ article - some in our community have noted that in the 1920s and 1930s - Volusia County was the second most corrupt area in the entire United States.
Regarding politics - Volusia County seems to be still stuck in the 1920s or 1930's. And so goes Florida politics !
Listen - in the end - if our County leaders decide that they prefer a "County Charter Sheriff" over a "State Constitutional Sheriff" - all we (VolusiaExposed.Com) would ask from our county leaders is to call the Sheriff Office what it is called within Section 601(2) of the Volusia County Charter - the "Volusia County Department of Public Safety".
In other words, or in plain language, stop lying to the citizens of Volusia County !
SECTION 601(2) - VOLUSIA COUNTY CHARTER
"Department of public safety: The department of public safety shall be responsible for the control, operation and administration of the duties of law enforcement and such other duties provided by this charter. All functions and duties now prescribed by the Constitution and laws of Florida for the office of sheriff are hereby transferred to the department of public safety, and the constitutional office shall thereupon be terminated, further providing that all functions relating to corrections and rehabilitation, the county prison farm, the Volusia County jail and all other similar facilities shall be transferred to the department of corrections".