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Bev's Burner
Some's Hot, Some's Not 

By B.K. Carter

"Bev Carter is the owner/publisher of the Fort Bend Star, winner of numerous state and national awards. She has been a voice of Fort Bend's largest circulated newspaper for 30 years."


 

Honeymoon in Vegas.....I’ve been out of town for a few days this past week to a “destination” wedding in Cancun, Mexico. When I returned home, exhausted from being frisked at security and customs on both sides of the border, and about half sick, I discovered my email box full. Most of the emails were an agenda item from the commissioners’ court agenda for this week:

2) Sheriff’s Office: Ratify travel by Craig Brady and Vanessa Brady to Las Vegas, Nevada, January 19-21, 2010, for extradition of prisoner back to Fort Bend County. (Fund: Sheriff, Enforcement, Travel)

So let me get this straight. Suddenly the Fort Bend County Sheriffs Department has to send two employees to Las Vegas for three days to bring a prisoner back. And these two employees, rather than the usual warrant deputies, were the Chief Deputy and a detective who just happen to be married to each other.

Since there are flights in and out of Las Vegas every 30 minutes on the hour, I can’t understand why it would take them three days to extradite a prisoner. Fly in the morning-2 hours, get the prisoner released -3 hours, grab a plane out -two more hours.

I checked the commissioner’s court agenda for the past two months and noticed that while two people were usually sent on an extradition errand (we send deputies out alone on patrol), at no time were three days necessary to bring back a prisoner. And in all of the exotic locations like Thibodaux, La., Bisbee, Ariz., Columbia, S.C., Marksville, La., Memphis, TN., and Little Rock, Ark., Chief Deputy Craig Brady and his lovely bride did not accompany them.

As I’ve told you before, Brady announced he was seeking the sheriff’s office four years before the election. In fact, he announced the very day that the sheriff gave patrolmen and detectives $1,000 each from an “anonymous” donor.

Here is what one local humorist, Juanita Jean Herownself, says about that: “Brady announced four years in advance that he’s gonna run for sheriff when the current sheriff retires or goes to that great gun rack in the sky. I’m not saying that Brady runs up behind the current sheriff and loudly hollers BOO every chance he gets, but we do often see him looking at the sheriff, rolling his eyes, tapping his foot, and looking at his watch.”

Three days! Three days to get one prisoner and bring him back? I think it was the chief deputy and his baby bride’s honeymoon since they didn’t get to honeymoon before as she was busy expecting a baby and he was busy getting a divorce.

Everyone should have a honeymoon. I just don’t think the taxpayers should have to pay for it. They can at least pay their own hotel bill.

What bothers me the most about this is that he is either stupid or arrogant to pull something like this when he is running for sheriff under questionable circumstances anyway. Surely he knew this would become known. He either didn’t know (stupid) or didn’t care (arrogant)--neither of which we need in a sheriff.

A word about commissioners... They can only ratify what has been budgeted for travel, although in this case the listing should have said (Fund: Sheriff, Entertainment, Travel). Commissioners can only dictate when budget time comes. Then they can make sure the sheriff only has enough money to do what he needs to do, not send his chief deputy on a belated honeymoon or give everyone in the sheriff’s department a “take home” car. In this day of cutting budgets all over the state, the fact that commissioners refuse to rein in the sheriff’s predilection to give everyone a car, tells me he has something on every one of them.

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