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St. Clairsville, OH

Belmont County to Hold Elections

He was supposed to be off duty at the time, from what I've been told.  (Mar 2, 2008 | post #184)

St. Clairsville, OH

Belmont County to Hold Elections

What I heard from my BC relatives was that he went after someone for picking up a dead deer carcass without getting a permit from the game warden. Is that not true????  (Mar 2, 2008 | post #178)

St. Clairsville, OH

Belmont County to Hold Elections

What's it to you? It's our time to waste, if we want to. You call it stupid, but I notice you had to put your two cents' worth in. Leave us alone.  (Mar 2, 2008 | post #163)

St. Clairsville, OH

Belmont County to Hold Elections

Well, IF Thompson is indeed under investigation (and this is just my speculations on the matter, don't anybody jump all over me for thinking out loud) then whoever finishes in second place just might end up being THE MAN. I would imagine the nomination would go to the second place finisher -- unless a special election is held. And, of course, someone could also file as an independent by May to run against whoever the March winner is in November. I myself had heard rumors that both Thompson and Porter were under investigation. They are, after all, the men in charge, I suppose the whole thing could be seen as a failure on both their parts to properly supervise the employees.  (Mar 2, 2008 | post #157)

St. Clairsville, OH

Belmont County to Hold Elections

I thought the horses were supposed to be for "search and rescue" in hard-to-access parts of the county??? How many of those missions do they have in any given fiscal year? I know the horses are used for Jamboree in the Hills (one week per year). Spending $3,000 on armour for horses to assist at a football game in Columbus (a one time deal) is pretty fiscally irresponsible. Keep the SWAT team, keep the dive team, keep the dogs -- but donations or not, the horses should go. I'll give Nippert that much.  (Mar 2, 2008 | post #140)

St. Clairsville, OH

Belmont County to Hold Elections

All well and good, except that Nippert has already said in public he would eliminate the teams and if one is needed, he'll call on Martins Ferry. So if he's now changed his position, it only proves he doesn't take the time to think things through and consider the consequences before he takes a position. Not a good thing.  (Mar 2, 2008 | post #137)

St. Clairsville, OH

Belmont County to Hold Elections

Two questions also come to mind: 1. Nippert will call out the Martins Ferry response team? So, who's going to pay for that? From what I'm reading, Martins Ferry is already about as tightly budgeted as it can get, with street employees on lay off now. Would Martins Ferry be reimbursed for the salaries, overtime, equipment use, gasoline, etc., they would be expected to expend in order to respond to a call out? How does that save Belmont County money? 2. Since the Sheriff's Office has employees trained for special response situations, wouldn't this open the door to employee grievances, since Nippert would be calling out another agency to provide services he has people on his own staff who are more than capable of providing the same service? Somehow, I can't see the F.O.P. or it's members sitting back and allowing that to happen. And grievances cost the county more money to defend. I can see a scenario where the county ends up paying twice for the same services, because that would most likely be the basis for such a grievance -- the Sheriff's Cffice employees were available for call out, had the expertise to handle the situation, and a choice by Nippert to call out another agency would deprive his own employees of the right to perform the necessary work, and hence receive the compensation. These are the kinds of things an agency administrator has to think about when making his decisions. Nippert is only considering the revenge factor, not what is good for the county. He apparently can't see the big picture. Getting rid of the special response teams will only end up in more grief for the already troubled Sheriff's Office.  (Mar 2, 2008 | post #134)

St. Clairsville, OH

Belmont County to Hold Elections

Nippert did the same thing when Todd Graham ran against Fred Thompson four years ago. He ran his mouth about the motorcycles, and how much they "cost the taxpayer", when in fact they were leased from Valley Harley Davidson at a cost of $1.00 per year per motorcycle. All of the extra equipment, lights and sirens, etc., was purchased using funds collected from false alarm calls, and it was installed by the motorcycle guys on their own time. The motorcycles were turned back in to Valley Harley at the end of the lease period, and new model year motorcycles were leased to the Sheriff's Office under the same terms, $1.00 per year per motorcycle. The only cost to the taxpayer was for gasoline. When the motorcycles were traded for new models, all of the extra equipment was removed for reinstallation on the new group of cycles. If you don't believe me, call Valley Harley Davidson. They'll tell you the same thing they told me.  (Mar 1, 2008 | post #126)

St. Clairsville, OH

Belmont County to Hold Elections

Having worked with all of the parties involved for an extended period of time, I cannot believe anyone would even consider voting for another four years of the ineptitude of Fred Thompson, who cannot find his rear with both hands in a lighted room, or for Nippert, who wants the office to seek revenge on a number of people for what Nippert perceives as wrongs committed against him. Nippert is getting psychiatric disability benefits for a reason, people. And my question is, if he's disabled, then why is he able to run a campaign for a public office? If he's well enough to campaign, he's well enough to work at a "real" job. And look at the people he's got working with him. Do you want law enforcement officers who get drunk at questionable establishments like Beech Hill,pick fights with other patrons and beat the daylights out of them? Get out of the personalities of the candidates and take a look at their actions. They speak much louder than any of their words.  (Feb 22, 2008 | post #18)