Sheriff Donini Needs Some Self Insight and Restraint

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The Truth

Portsmouth, OH

#1 Oct 3, 2012
Donini's comments and his handling of this serious violation of the Ohio Revised Code is indicative of the current operations of the Scioto County Sheriffs Department. Not only do Donini's words and actions show his apparent lack of knowledge about his police brothers and sisters in the New Boston FOP, but they show his arrogance and apparent disregard for election rules and for other people.

Donini says he doesn't think he "did anything wrong." As if it isn't enough to employ his off-duty supervising deputies to do door-to-door campaigning and use materials that contain false statements of endorsement for his re-election, he refers to Steve Goins as an "inexperienced candidate" and implies that Lt. Davis, by pursuing her legal duty to report ethics violations, is misguided and wrong. Donini whines "he ends up in court every time he runs for office about some irrelevant issue." Where there's smoke.... Do I have to point out the relevancy of that old saying?

There's more. Sheriff Donini takes no responsibility for his questionable actions nor does he offer an apology for the ethics violation of his campaign. Instead, he reluctantly "changed his literature and graphics" to appease the FOP. He looks at the entire complaint as something that could cost his campaign big money, not as a charge that he has done anything illegally. If anyone costs his campaign big money, it is Donini, himself.

Most surprising of all, Donini states, "And Iím going to continue to disperse them (the materials) as is because I stand by what it says. It says, Portsmouth-New Boston Lodge No. 33." In the face of evidence of illegal conduct, our sheriff adamantly demands his way. This is overbearing, unethical, and all too characteristic of the way the current sheriff advises his administration to do their sworn duty. Often, they comply with the sheriff's and the political party's wishes despite the need to investigate further evidence that could lead in other directions.

I believe anyone can read this single Times report and get an idea about some of the problems Scioto County faces with a Donini re-election. The sheriff's department sorely needs to do the following:

(1) To be knowledgeable and respectful of all law enforcement agencies in Scioto County.

(2) To develop better communication skills with all the people they serve.

(3) To control their behavior that causes the office to develop an "old boy" code of conduct, which may not align with proper departmental policy and procedure.

(4) To develop an attitude of respect and trust with the entire community rather than merely serving special political and financial interests.

(5) To stop breaking campaign rules and regulations.

(6) To develop and practice integrity in lieu of expediency, personal profit, or political favor.

(7) To investigate potential problems and prosecute all misconduct within their own administration.

I feel very sorry for Lt. Davis, Steve Goins, and the New Boston FOP Lodge #208. Sheriff Donini is portraying you to be the guilty parties when you were only doing your duty for the citizens of the county. Again, he places politics above ethics. If this is typical of the cooperation you receive from the Scioto County Sheriff's Office, no wonder you are upset.

I have heard many similar reports concerning misconduct and indifference on the part of Sheriff Donini and his administration. If you, as readers, disapprove of my saying this, please understand that I am only stating the truth. I, personally, refer to some of these incidents on my previous blog posts. Feel free to read them for yourself. The Donini camp has had decades to right the ship and improve enforcement in Scioto County. I ask you, "Have they?"

http://allthingswildlyconsidered.blogspot.com...
Get r done

Portsmouth, OH

#2 Oct 3, 2012
What is not also said about Donini here is, I have researched this, it's public record, there is no Portsmouth-New Boston Police Lodge #33. That is not the real name of Lodge #33. I saw the real name of Lodge #33 is Scioto Lodge#33 of the Fraternal Order of Police. Wonder why Donini took it upon himself to use Portsmouth-New Boston Police Lodge, I tell you why, he wants to lie to the people in New Boston and this county to give the appearance that New Boston is still part of that Lodge and they are endorsing hiim which is not the truth. Ask Donini to show his endorsement letter, it does not say Portsmouth-New Boston Police Lodge. I would say he might be looking at a very large fine from the ethic commission.
wow

Columbus, OH

#3 Oct 3, 2012
The Truth wrote:
Donini's comments and his handling of this serious violation of the Ohio Revised Code is indicative of the current operations of the Scioto County Sheriffs Department. Not only do Donini's words and actions show his apparent lack of knowledge about his police brothers and sisters in the New Boston FOP, but they show his arrogance and apparent disregard for election rules and for other people.
Donini says he doesn't think he "did anything wrong." As if it isn't enough to employ his off-duty supervising deputies to do door-to-door campaigning and use materials that contain false statements of endorsement for his re-election, he refers to Steve Goins as an "inexperienced candidate" and implies that Lt. Davis, by pursuing her legal duty to report ethics violations, is misguided and wrong. Donini whines "he ends up in court every time he runs for office about some irrelevant issue." Where there's smoke.... Do I have to point out the relevancy of that old saying?
There's more. Sheriff Donini takes no responsibility for his questionable actions nor does he offer an apology for the ethics violation of his campaign. Instead, he reluctantly "changed his literature and graphics" to appease the FOP. He looks at the entire complaint as something that could cost his campaign big money, not as a charge that he has done anything illegally. If anyone costs his campaign big money, it is Donini, himself.
Most surprising of all, Donini states, "And Iím going to continue to disperse them (the materials) as is because I stand by what it says. It says, Portsmouth-New Boston Lodge No. 33." In the face of evidence of illegal conduct, our sheriff adamantly demands his way. This is overbearing, unethical, and all too characteristic of the way the current sheriff advises his administration to do their sworn duty. Often, they comply with the sheriff's and the political party's wishes despite the need to investigate further evidence that could lead in other directions.
I believe anyone can read this single Times report and get an idea about some of the problems Scioto County faces with a Donini re-election. The sheriff's department sorely needs to do the following:
(1) To be knowledgeable and respectful of all law enforcement agencies in Scioto County.
(2) To develop better communication skills with all the people they serve.
(3) To control their behavior that causes the office to develop an "old boy" code of conduct, which may not align with proper departmental policy and procedure.
(4) To develop an attitude of respect and trust with the entire community rather than merely serving special political and financial interests.
(5) To stop breaking campaign rules and regulations.
(6) To develop and practice integrity in lieu of expediency, personal profit, or political favor.
(7) To investigate potential problems and prosecute all misconduct within their own administration.
I feel very sorry for Lt. Davis, Steve Goins, and the New Boston FOP Lodge #208. Sheriff Donini is portraying you to be the guilty parties when you were only doing your duty for the citizens of the county. Again, he places politics above ethics. If this is typical of the cooperation you receive from the Scioto County Sheriff's Office, no wonder you are upset.
I have heard many similar reports concerning misconduct and indifference on the part of Sheriff Donini and his administration. If you, as readers, disapprove of my saying this, please understand that I am only stating the truth. I, personally, refer to some of these incidents on my previous blog posts. Feel free to read them for yourself. The Donini camp has had decades to right the ship and improve enforcement in Scioto County. I ask you, "Have they?"
http://allthingswildlyconsidered.blogspot.com...
Thank you!! VERY well said!!
wow

Columbus, OH

#4 Oct 3, 2012
Thank you!!! VERY WELL SAID!!!
have ya

Euless, TX

#5 Oct 3, 2012
Have you thought about showing this to anyone at the state level? National level? We need to stand up to corrupt city officials and get this info somewhere other than our community.
really

Portsmouth, OH

#6 Oct 3, 2012
have ya wrote:
Have you thought about showing this to anyone at the state level? National level? We need to stand up to corrupt city officials and get this info somewhere other than our community.
Thats just the PROBLEM. NO ONE stands up. Everyone complains on how corrupt this City IS but thats ALL THAT COMES FROM IT.
The Citizens of Scioto County need to STAND UP AND STOP THIS CORRUPTION.
DON'T TALK ABOUT IT - BE ABOUT IT!
The Truth

Portsmouth, OH

#7 Oct 3, 2012
In closing, I believe people must elect a better sheriff. Citizens need to realize lack of availability, poor communications, and slanted interpretation of the law controlled by political influence choke our county sheriff's office. These folks are public servants during working hours, not Democrats or Republicans. They must be held to the highest standards of integrity, and they must serve equal justice.
When the sheriff's office lacks public accountability and transparency (Need I mention the recent shooting in Wheelersburg?), citizens must react. In November, you can react responsibly by ending the administration of Marty Donini and electing Charles Horner as your new sheriff. To fail to do so means "more of the same."

http://allthingswildlyconsidered.blogspot.com...
wow

Columbus, OH

#8 Oct 3, 2012
The Truth wrote:
In closing, I believe people must elect a better sheriff. Citizens need to realize lack of availability, poor communications, and slanted interpretation of the law controlled by political influence choke our county sheriff's office. These folks are public servants during working hours, not Democrats or Republicans. They must be held to the highest standards of integrity, and they must serve equal justice.
When the sheriff's office lacks public accountability and transparency (Need I mention the recent shooting in Wheelersburg?), citizens must react. In November, you can react responsibly by ending the administration of Marty Donini and electing Charles Horner as your new sheriff. To fail to do so means "more of the same."Talk about hitting the nail on the head....again, very well said!!
http://allthingswildlyconsidered.blogspot.com...
Talk about hitting the nail on the head....again, very well said!!
Agree

Lucasville, OH

#9 Oct 3, 2012
99% The 1% I disagree with is voting for Horner.........Vote Goins!!!!!!
Truth is Truth

Portsmouth, OH

#10 Oct 4, 2012
Our vote will go for Donini!
Will vote Today

Portsmouth, OH

#11 Oct 4, 2012
Truth is Truth wrote:
Our vote will go for Donini!
My is going to Goins, so that cancelss your vote out.
AJAX

Dublin, OH

#12 Oct 4, 2012
Both Horner Donini are Double Dippers,while not illegal,it is highly unethical,VOTE FOR CHANGE..GOINS HERE!!!
The Truth

Portsmouth, OH

#13 Oct 4, 2012
AJAX wrote:
Both Horner Donini are Double Dippers,while not illegal,it is highly unethical,VOTE FOR CHANGE..GOINS HERE!!!
Goins is not a "bad" man and I have nothing against him, but he is inexperienced which will cause (IF elected) his term in office to be a train wreck. I am not trying to sway your vote, just stating my opinion. He may have an associates from a community college, but it does not give him the leadership skills or communication aspects needed to ascertain the sheriff position. Goins is not the wisest choice for sheriff and BY NO MEANS IS DONINI. Donini is as crooked and self-centered as they come. Horner has my vote and that of my family and friends.
The Truth

Portsmouth, OH

#14 Oct 4, 2012
AJAX wrote:
Both Horner Donini are Double Dippers,while not illegal,it is highly unethical,VOTE FOR CHANGE..GOINS HERE!!!
There are a lot of professions now doing this, such as teachers and administrators, and has nothing to do with ethics. If basing your vote solely on this issue, your judgement is very clouded. We need a sheriff who is a public servants during working hours and not just posing as Democrats or Republicans. The sheriff must be held to the highest standards of integrity, and they must serve equal justice. You and everyone else needs to realize lack of availability, poor communications, and slanted interpretation of the law controlled by political influence that currently chokes our county sheriff's office. Horner will receive my vote and that of my families.
Open eyes

Brooklyn, NY

#15 Oct 4, 2012
f you think Horner is the best choice, better do some research. Do some research into some of his unethical behavior while employed at Portsmouth. Ask the officers that that voted no confidence in their leader, that should give you a better idea of what you are actually dealing with! Ask the officers at Portsmouth why their lodge didn't endorse mr, horner. Just ask some of the people who have worked with and for mr. Horner you might be surprised at what you hear!
The Truth

Portsmouth, OH

#16 Oct 4, 2012
Open eyes wrote:
f you think Horner is the best choice, better do some research. Do some research into some of his unethical behavior while employed at Portsmouth. Ask the officers that that voted no confidence in their leader, that should give you a better idea of what you are actually dealing with! Ask the officers at Portsmouth why their lodge didn't endorse mr, horner. Just ask some of the people who have worked with and for mr. Horner you might be surprised at what you hear!
You only hear what certain people want you to hear. If I told you what really went on during that whole mess of lies, you would not believe me. It would not change your mind because you already have a set predisposition and mentality. I am going to save my breath, but will tell you this. There is a lot you nor the general public know about what goes on behind closed doors at the FOP. I have been there and seen all of it and it is not pretty, to say the least. This is where I based my opinion to vote for Horner.
Citizen

Ashland, KY

#17 Oct 4, 2012
Goins is more than qualified to be sheriff and I'm sure the citizens would be amazed to see what real proactive law enforcement can accomplish I know for a fact that several county, state and federal agencies are pulling for him they only wish that they could back him publicly if you ask around you will find out not to many people in law enforcement care to have any dealings with the current sheriff or his administration so just imagine the changes that could be made if all agencies could work together their is power in numbers
Open eyes

Brooklyn, NY

#18 Oct 4, 2012
The Truth wrote:
<quoted text>
You only hear what certain people want you to hear. If I told you what really went on during that whole mess of lies, you would not believe me. It would not change your mind because you already have a set predisposition and mentality. I am going to save my breath, but will tell you this. There is a lot you nor the general public know about what goes on behind closed doors at the FOP. I have been there and seen all of it and it is not pretty, to say the least. This is where I based my opinion to vote for Horner.
You said it best " you only hear what certain people want you to hear" everyone has a right to opinion, but some people take it to far. People should do some research and come up with a educated and informed decision as to who they choose to vote for. Do your research folks, make a informed decision as to who YOU want to vote for!
Flip

Portsmouth, OH

#20 Oct 4, 2012
The Truth wrote:
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Goins is not a "bad" man and I have nothing against him, but he is inexperienced which will cause (IF elected) his term in office to be a train wreck. I am not trying to sway your vote, just stating my opinion. He may have an associates from a community college, but it does not give him the leadership skills or communication aspects needed to ascertain the sheriff position. Goins is not the wisest choice for sheriff and BY NO MEANS IS DONINI. Donini is as crooked and self-centered as they come. Horner has my vote and that of my family and friends.
I read Goins education background, I do not think Eastern Kentucky University is a community college, it is a state university and if you would do some more research on that you will see that EKU is a nationally recoginized university for law enforcement program and education and that departments all across the United States send officers there for advance teachings and training. I did not see any college degree for Horner, I could be wrong, but I did not see anything listed, if so what? Something I always notice when it comes election time is how all of the people in office always bash the new candidates and say there is no way they can handle the job which is not true. If people want change or new ideas and a fresh look in taking that step to change, it will only come from a new candidate. I myself do not want my Sheriff or Chief of Police to be sitting on 10 to 20 different boards, or groups, etc. that tells me they will be to busy and taken away from what the are elected to do or hired to do. I am not saying not to get invovled, help when asked, give support when ask, but just because you can list 20 or so groups do not make you a good law enforcement administrator.
The Truth

Portsmouth, OH

#21 Oct 4, 2012
Copy and pasted this from Goin's personal "election" Facebook account. Do you still want to tell me that he is not adding fuel to the fire? He is not an innocent bystander.

Goins wrote: "This County has been a leader in the State in drug related deaths, murders due to drugs, pill mills explosion with an inadequate amount of investigators to handle drug crimes, victims of crime shown a lack of concern, crime victims having to wait two days or longer for someone to show up to investigate their burglary, crime victims finding their stolen property and then having to go get it because of no returns calls to them from the department."

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