Sheriff's Office Candidates
Posted in the Putnam County Forum
#1 Jul 31, 2012
I have read so much and am more confused than other....
Hardy: seems like a used car salesman. He hasn't been the perfect candidate but he is the favorites of Beck and the PDN. He says he hasn't given money for raises but the command staff gets.$10000 in raises. This as my.good friend goes to scrap the gold of his wife because he hasn't gotten a raise. Just not sure if he deserves 4 more years.
Crime is down. Heck its down all over the state. We aren't special and we are still #2. Gone up since hardy took over. Money given back. Of course if the budget goes up the money can be.given back. No raises. Already talked about that.
Tried, tested and proven.......I think not. I think Putnam deserves better.
From who?? Simmons and Fells are logical alternatives. I think to move forward we need change. Bring change!!!! If not, it will only get worse.
#3 Jul 31, 2012
We need a Sheriff with INTEGRITY that is not Jeff Hardy! With as much money as he has taken from the Beck Group over the years - you can not have integrity when you are a sell out.
#4 Jul 31, 2012
Have you paid attention to who is backing Simmons? A pharmacy owner under review by the DEA.
Have you heard of Fells nick name while being number three at the PD, "Do nothing Commander".
Hardy no good either.
There is a better choice!!
#5 Aug 1, 2012
You have thrown out Simmons and Reno, Masters is an absolute loser
who does not know the truth about himself, Jeb is a joke- he proved that, Coates has to much baggage and knowledgeable or not we don't need all the females in the SO subjected to his ways. That leaves Hardy and Williams. Guess the choice will be very narrow. Opinion only is Hadry has already gotten a good start, maybe the kinks will go away this time around. No matter who wins downgrading every chance you can gets the county no where. Maybe this time some people can keep their opinions to themselves.
#6 Aug 1, 2012
Interesting that you say "Jeb" is a joke, there is no "Jeb" even running.... Now if your non reading correctly self might be referring to JED, then you obviously know nothing about him. At all the forums I have seen with him, he might not be a polished speaker as some, but he sure says what he thinks and does not worry about being politically correct. Not to mention when he was at the S.O. he DID get things done for the Deputies that others never would. Also I watched many supporters of the other candidates approach him after the forums and they were pleased with his thoughts. Jed even spoke about the political paybacks obviously being done by Beck and Hardy. No one else had the balls to do so. By the way, Hardy did not dissagree.
So you believe what you want!!!!
#7 Aug 1, 2012
Reporter’s Notes: Conversation with Putnam County Sheriff Jeff Hardy
by FystyAngel on Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:24 pm
.Reporter’s Notes: Conversation with Putnam County Sheriff Jeff Hardy
This just in from TJ Hart - Simon
As the new charges were being handed down and the amounts increased for Ronald Cummings and Misty Croslin Wednesday, Frebruary 3, 2010, I spoke on the telephone with Putnam County Sheriff Jeff Hardy and asked him about the drug trafficking case involving Ron and Misty, the Haleigh Cummings case, some jail escapes and matters of safety pertaining to the jail.
TJ: Good afternoon, Sheriff Hardy. Thank you for taking time out of your day to speak with me.
JH: Not a problem.
TJ: First year as a Sheriff…a lot of challenges including the disapperance of Haleigh Cummings. Any light at the end of the tunnel as far as a resolution in this investigation.
JH: This is an ongoing investigation.
TJ: Are we still looking for a live child? Some have stated that the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is looking for either a live child or possibly a dead child, but prefers to think the child is alive.
JH: Don’t you want us to find a live child?
TJ: Yes! Who wouldn’t?
JH: I believe we are looking for a live child, but we–like the families–are prepared to for a real possibility that she might not be alive.
TJ: Where is Ronald Cummings being held in the Putnam County Jail?
JH: He is in solitary confinement.
TJ: What is it like? All I know about solitary is what I’ve seen in those old prison movies from the 1940’s.
JH: He has a small cot and a toilet.
TJ: A cot and a pot?
JH: You could say that.
TJ: How has this case affected your detectives and other deputies working the case?
JH: It has been very intense. Some of our officers have had to be pulled off the case from time-to-time due to exhaustion. Losing this child has been like losing one of our own children.
TJ: I want to ask you a few things about your jail….
JH: Excellent questions…
TJ: It is common knowledge around here that the jail is overcrowded. It’s a facility built to house about 236 inmates and at last count, you have 360 behind bars there!
JH: I knew about this problem coming into office. It’s been talked about for nearly a decade and now it’s time for some meaningful action. Just this past year we’ve had a jail break where two escapees killed an innocent woman. Later, we had an inmate shot and killed trying to escape. Our inmate to officer ratio is too high–officers get hurt… We need about 29 more jail personnel.
TJ: How much worse does it need to get?
JH: We have the lowest bond schedules in the state. We are backed up on warrants served due to the over crowding at the jail.
TJ: Isn’t the jail facing the very real possibility of being shut down by the feds due to overcrowding? It has happened before in other places, correct?
JH: I think it could happen. It’s frustrating….my job is to catch bad guys and get them off the street and housed safely away from our citizens–that’s what I was elected to do!
TJ: What action steps are you taking to remedy this problem?
JH: I plan on meeting with the County Manager and the County Commission shortly. We need to take actions to expedite the judicial process. This ISN’T a catch a release program!
#8 Aug 2, 2012
as a family member of haleigh cummings i believe in my heart that this tragedy has effective the whole county we relive it everyday this mess was dropped in sheriff hardys lap not even a month after he took office as far as the escape the contraband had already been smuggled in under the former administration kelly and simmons so why go backwards and put them back in office the people involved in the haliegh case are behind bars because u cant get the truth out of a lie no matter how you try they got more time for the drug charges than they probaly would on the haliegh case but i truly believe that sheriff hardy is doing an outstanding job so please to the kind voters who elected him four years ago lets keep our sheriff so vote hardy on aug 14
#9 Aug 2, 2012
How about telling the truth? The tools for their escape were NOT smuggled in under the former administration. The jack was brought in 12 days before and the handle was one day before the escape. In April, four months after Hardy took office. And we all now how it ended in murder.
"At the same time, a policy designed to keep inmates such as Brown and Fletcher in separate cells because they faced charges in the same case wasn't followed. An order to keep them apart was somehow dropped when Fletcher was transferred to the Clay County jail for a day in March. When he returned, he was allowed to bunk with Brown. With the jack smuggled into the jail, the two men also needed to be sure they could buy time once they escaped. A lax policy on what inmates are allowed to keep in their cells may have helped them collect the bedding and other material to fashion dummy bodies that fooled a guard at least twice during nighttime bed checks. Inmates who say they were missing clothing, bedding or other items were given those things without backup checks, investigators found. In a cleanup after the escape, bins of sheets, clothes and other items inmates weren't supposed to have were removed from cells. In videotapes of the bed checks the night of the escape, guard Leland Evans can be seen shining a flashlight briefly into the men's corner cell and not noticing they were gone. Evans, who was fired, told investigators a burned out light above the cell made it difficult to see inside but said he saw what he thought was Brown's hand. The final piece of the escape came together about 14 hours before the breakout. On another trip back from the courthouse Fletcher smuggled a second piece of the jack - the handle - past a booking desk, into a holding cell and into the jail pod. Taped by video cameras, Fletcher can be seen adjusting a baggy jail uniform to keep the handle hidden. Later that day, surveillance tape shows Brown retrieving the jack from its hiding place and taking it into the cell. Surveillance of Fletcher bringing the jack in 12 days earlier had been erased."
Saint Augustine, FL
#10 Aug 2, 2012
wow if you believe that I don't think there's anything anyone can say that can help you.
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