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Campaign issue left unanswered

Does this pass the smell test?

About a month ago, Carlton Fletcher wrote an article about elected officials possibly using their office to profit off the tax payers. One of the questions was how to identify when that line had been crossed. A local state representative stated in that article that a good way to identify if that line had been crossed was "the smell test."

Well, that brings me to the Lee County sheriff's race. One of the accusations made by Mr. Cheshire is that Sheriff Rachals awarded a $20,000-plus fence project at the Lee County Jail to his wife's mother and father's fence business not long after he was elected. Now, I know politics is politics, but usually when an accusation like that is made, the accused usually gives a direct answer to why he has done what he did.

I still have not heard an answer to this accusation and Sheriff Rachals could remove all doubt by answering the accusation. Maybe Sheriff Rachals has an answer and maybe it's a legitimate one. I was hoping Sheriff Rachals would at least publish all the fence companies that "did" bid on the project and put the issue to bed. He doesn't have to publish their bids just their names.

Mr. Cheshire stated the only fence company in Lee County was not even given a chance to bid. I don't know if they did or didn't but the whole idea of his family getting the fence project doesn't pass "the smell test." Sheriff Rachals, would you please clear the air and remove the odor?

JACK DAVIS

Leesburg

Comments

FryarTuk 1 year, 8 months ago

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Thank you, Mr. Davis. This is the most critical question of the campaign. Speak clearly and directly into the microphone sheriff. Prove that there was competitive bidding and walk away on the high road of truth as you have insisted you are taking. It may be too much to ask to prove your family followed the same application procedures for employment as all applicants do. We'll just assume you followed the high road of truth on that. However, to prove you are an honest law enforcement officer and manager answer the question put to you!

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dirtylee 1 year, 8 months ago

'Or maybe he should tell everyone why he fired the 11 chosen ones. Oh wait i bet its because of time theft and not looking out for the best interest of the sheriff department. Most these complaints are childish and im sure your feelings are hurt but you will be fine. Just because the sheriff want answer does not mean he is lyin! It just means he is not entertaining childish officers who should know better and nothing better to do ..Please worry about your career/job and stop acting like you care about lee county

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gadep76 1 year, 8 months ago

Put whatever "political" spin you would like on this situation. But consider a more realistic approach please. I shop regularly, and if I already have knowledge of a well made product that I have used and trusted for years I am going to buy that product each time without question regardless of what may appear to be a few cents cheaper that will probably cost a fortune in repairs in the long run. This is not a fly- by- night fence company. MidSouth has been around for as long as I can remember and I am no spring chicken. Sheriff Rachals knows this company in and out and would not put his future in jeopardy so an already well established company can get one fence job. That $20,000 fence job is a drop in the bucket compared to some of MidSouth's contracts. Why would Sheriff Rachals, an accomplished Sheriff, take a chance on a company he knows nothing about? Personally, would rather go with what I know is good and trustworthy. That is called making "an educated decision".

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waltspecht 1 year, 8 months ago

One, you write a bid contract. Two, you insert guarantees. Three, you insert penalty clauses. Four you assign a dispute arbitrator and payment clause. Five, you insert language about scope change and methods of charge. Time and Materials documented. Six you distribute the bid contracts at an open meeting with a chance for questions and answers. All those questions and subsequent answers are recorded and documented. Seven, you open the bids all at the same time infront of the Commissioners. Low bid gets the contract, and gets held to it's contents. That is how a fair bidding process is supposed to work. It tends to keep things a little more honest, and allows far less of a chance for corruption. I know this isn't policy, but maybe it should be.

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gadep76 1 year, 8 months ago

You are correct, maybe it should be policy, but until a proper policy is in place I don't think it is fair to condemn someone for making an educated decision. The Sheriff knows the fence business and is related to more than one company. It is worth a policy change at best, NOT worth getting a new Sheriff, not even close. Sheriff Rachals is a GREAT Sheriff.

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