Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Whetsel Loses FOP Endorsement

For the first time in 16 years, Sheriff John Whetsel was denied the endorsement of the FOP (Fraternal Order of Police) in Oklahoma City. Despite bringing his own voting staff members, Whetsel was unable to garner the endorsement.

In 2008, the U.S. Department of Justice removed all federal inmates due to unconstitutional management of the jail facility. Today Oklahoma County taxpayers are at risk because the US DOJ is threatening to take-over the jail facility. A recent article in The Oklahoman highlighted problems that still exist despite millions of dollars that have been mismanaged in addressing the management concerns of the jail.

Whetsel promised to solve the problems at the jail in his campaign for county sheriff. His promises now ring hollow and his peers in the law enforcement community are not willing to go along anymore. His failure to win the confidence of the OKC FOP 123 should serve as a message to the voters.

Whetsel has lost touch with the needs of the law enforcement community and the taxpayers of Oklahoma County.

Written by Craig Dawkins

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