Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Hostile Work Environment?

The new "non-quota quotas" at the McHenry County Sheriff's Department have gotten a lot of deputies riled up.

Frankly, I don't really understand how you can have a Non-Quota Quota (or some reference to "numbers") for performance evaluations. Law enforcement officers are asked to do many things during a day. By the very nature of the work, much of it is reactive and out of your control.

Should an officer be penalized for getting tied up for three hours with fender benders on a snowy day and not writing enough tickets on his shift? I don't think so!

How many deputies have been threatened already with termination?

If you are one of them or know one who has been, let me know. No names or specific circumstances will be used (not that anyone at the sheriff's department would retaliate against you....).

Yes, follow the General Orders. But the General Orders cannot impair your First Amendment rights to freedom of speech.

Here's how you can contact me:
Email to
Fax to (815) 338-2666
Mail to Gus Philpott, P.O. Box 1222, Woodstock, IL 60098
Call me at (847) 971-7083

The sheriff's department for McHenry County needs to be a good place to work. A place where you are happy to go to work. A place where you are proud to work. A place where you might like to spend your entire law enforcement career. A place with upward mobility and opportunity based on merit, not on who sucks up the best. A place where each - male or female - is respected.

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