Car 54, where are you.....I’ve heard
rumblings from sheriff department personnel about a raise.
Supposedly, a couple of employees did a salary survey and
found that Fort Bend was way underpaid.
Then county commissioners authorized
spending $50,000 for a salary survey and found the same
thing. Now the cops are all up in the air because they think
they are not going to get one.
If some of their command staff would give
up their take home cars, maybe the department could afford
to give them a raise.
There are currently 118 take home cars in
the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department. Now these are not
patrol cars. Oh no, patrol cars are shared between two
shifts. No, these are cars that employees drive home and the
county provides not only the cars, but gas, tire, oils,
batteries, insurance, etc.
What I’ve complained about for years is
that many of these cars are driven out of Fort Bend County,
and many of them are driven by people who have non-24 hour
Why, pray tell, does the head of the
sheriff’s human resources need a take home ride? Why does
the jail supervisor need a take home car?
I could cite employee after employee who
have county furnished rides, and who drive them from home to
work and back again.
I saw an article from the Dallas Morning
News earlier this year whereby the Dallas sheriff was being
questioned because she had issued take home cars to
unauthorized personnel. Seems that in Dallas County, unlike
in Fort Bend County, the commissioners keep a pretty tight
rein on their sheriff, and if someone gets an unauthorized
car issued to them, it is scrutinized by commissioners.
By the way, Dallas County has 33
authorized take home cars. The commissioners had called the
sheriff to task because the number of take home cars had
crept up to 41. Forty one in a county that is triple the
population of Fort Bend!!!
No, wait. Fort Bend’s estimated
population in 2006, according to the U.S. Census Bureau was
493,187--Dallas population from the same source---2,245,815.
The same newspaper articles says each
take-home vehicle costs taxpayers about $33,700.
Dallas has 1 3/4 million more people than
Fort Bend, but Fort Bend has three times the number of take
Dallas commissioners would have apoplexy
if they were sitting on the Fort Bend bench. Makes you
wonder what the Fort Bend commissioners are afraid of.
Oh, what is the budget at the Fort Bend
Would you believe $78 million.
I know 118 take-home cars are a drop in
the bucket compared to the sheriff’s total budget, but they
are indicative of the waste and favoritism rampant in that
A time to remember........
choose Thursday of the week before Memorial Day to
unveil more than 90 million U.S. war records which can be
accessed for free until the anniversary of D Day on June 6.
Records include the first English settlement at Jamestown in
1607 through the Vietnam War’s end in 1975 and includes the
names and gravestone details of 3.5 million deceased U.S.
soldiers, including 2,000 who died in Iraq.
The records came from the National
Archives and Records Administration and include 37 million
images, draft registration cards from both world wars,
military yearbooks, prisoner-of-war records from four wars,
unit rosters from the Marine Corps from 1893 through 1958,
and Civil War pension records.
I’m telling you this because several
years ago I wrote about the death of my Uncle David Nealon
Compton, whom everyone called Nealon, in World War II and
how it affected the life of my grandparents until their
deaths many years later.
Uncle Nealon was a co-pilot of a bomber
and was supposedly shot down over Innsbruck, Austria. His
body was never recovered, according to my grandparents.
I remember a visit from the Army after
the war when they wanted my grandparents to accept the
remains of a body. I can’t remember now where it was found,
but my grandparents claimed the dental records and height
didn’t match my uncle.
Perhaps they just didn’t want to believe
he was gone. As long as his body was not found, they could
still believe he was alive and had amnesia or captured by
the Russians and taken to the Soviet Union, or any number of
I remembered the military types telling
my grandparents that they would take care of him since my
So this Memorial Day weekend, I looked up
David N. Compton on the new
website and sure enough I found where the Air Force
had buried him--David N Compton, Second Lieutenant, Army,
Neuville-En-Condroz Permanent Cemetery, Belgium. Through the
same internet search, I also discovered that, according to
Army records, he was in the 727th Bomber Squadron, 451st
Bomber, and his date of death is listed as Feb. 25, 1945 in
I can’t figure out how he died in
Ardennes, France, since his bomber was blown up over
Innsbruck and some of his group bailed out and survived.
However, no one that my grandparents talked to remember
seeing his parachute open.
Nearly every family has lost someone
during some past war. This website is great for looking up
relatives in past conflicts, and what better time to
remember them than on Memorial Day.