7/15/8 Sheriff Lupe has
lost her team.
It's hard not to like Lupe Valdez. She
used to be so exuberant, running for offices like the County School Board.
If there was a political event, she was there. Like every good politician,
Lupe is great with names and faces and genuinely likes talking to people.
Those talents are great for campaigning. Unfortunately, campaign skills do
not necessarily translate to good management skills.
Lupe Valdez is not up to the job of being the Dallas County Sheriff. Not
everyone agrees with my assessment of her qualifications. My dear friend,
Darryl Baker thinks she's doing a great job. He says he is glad he voted
Lupe is not doing a good job. She is not even doing her job.
Commissioner John Wiley Price has been doing a big part of her job, running the
jail and fixing the problems in the hope of eventually passing a state
inspection. We keep hearing that Lupe inherited a bad situation with the
jails from her predecessor, Sheriff Jim Bowles. How many times did the
county jails fail the state inspection under his watch?
Lupe is not taking care of the county jails. Lupe is not taking care of
her employees either. Four Sheriff Department unions are coming out
against Sheriff Valdez, not necessarily to endorse Lowell Cannaday: Dallas
County Sheriff's Assn., Dallas County Police Officers Assn., Latino Police
Officers Assn. and the Fraternal Order of Police. That's pretty strong
stuff. How does a commander lead when his or her team publicly states
their lack of confidence in their commander's leadership?
On DallasBlog.com, one commentator says:
Of course, there are people who
will defend Sheriff Valdez for political reasons even if she is not qualified
for the job she holds. Those people do not understand or care that there
are hundreds of Sheriff Department employees with families whose futures are put
in jeopardy because Lupe has tried to pay hard ball with Commissioner Price, et
That she is not up to the job was evident last week when she sent a Lieutenant
to face the Commissioners during budget negotiations. Having just had a
court rule against her claim of control over the county jail, it would have been
the courageous and correct thing to attend the Commissioner's meeting herself.
She's the Sheriff of Dallas County, for heaven's sake.
Lupe is not looking out for Dallas County taxpayers either. Her plan to
let a TV show take pictures inside the jails, which would include inmates, would
have exposed Dallas County taxpayers to more lawsuits from the inmates.
Not because conditions are so bad inside the county jails -- but because the
filming would have reduced the inmates to equivalent of zoo animals.
When my Dad retired as a DPD officer, he immediately went to work for the Dallas
County Sheriff's Department as a deputy, serving as a court bailiff. He
held that job almost as long as he had worked for the DPD. My Dad was a
deputy when he died 21 years ago. So, I know a little about the
relationship between the rank and file and the Sheriff. They need to have
a boss they can respect.