Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Rockingham Sheriff Hires Convicted Criminal as Jailer

I had the extreme misfortune to have confirmed this morning that Rockingham County Sheriff, Don Farley, has apparently hired former Elkton and former Dayton police officer, Robert M. Greer, Jr., as one of the four guards recently funded by the Rockingham County Board of Supervisors.

Greer was charged with assault on October 14, 2004 and was convicted of that offense in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court for Rockingham County and, on appeal, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of assault and battery and was fined $500 and which plead allows him to retain his rights to carry a firearm. At the time of the offense, he was an Elkton Police Officer. He is no longer employed by the Town of Elkton.

Greer was also involved in an incident, while on duty as a Dayton Police Officer in 1995 or 1996 where he allegedly beat a man, named Linden Monger, while he and Monger were in DOWNTOWN Harrisonburg. Downtown Harrisonburg is quite a distance from the jurisdiction of the Town of Dayton. Greer and the Town of Dayton were the subject of a Civil Rights Action filed by Monger, which appears to have been closed in 1996.

Farley came to the Board of Supervisors looking for eight jailers to populate the jail based on an increased inmate population, the County agreed to fund four.

Greer's conviction may be viewed at http://rockinghamfreepress.com/images/greerconviction.pdf

I wonder if the County knows they funded the hiring of a convicted criminal as a guard in the County Jail?

Both Rockingham County Candidates for Sheriff Support FULK

Having seen Rockingham County Sheriff, Don Farley, at ever debate and at Lowell's Breakfast with the Governor of Virginia several weekends ago, it is highly evident that Farley is supporting Fulk.

What came as a surprise to me was that during a conversation I had yesterday with former Dayton Police Chief, Buddy Farris, he told me that he supports Lowell as well.

This should be a devistating blow to Matt Lohr's campaign which appears to be stumbling around in the dark, looking for something to grab on to to bolster support for the frequently-absent Lohr.

If Lowell could get both men to cut an ad in his support, the Lohr campaign would become increasingly injured.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

RCPS BUYS MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER -- WHERE'S MATT LOHR?

On Tuesday, August 23 the collective faculty from all of Rockingham County Public Schools will converge on the Eastern Mennonite University campus to hear a motivational speaker.

No, the Rockingham County School Board chose to spend our taxpayer dollars to hire a motivational speaker when we supposedly have one on the School Board who likely could have done the same job “at no cost to the taxpayers”. Hence, according to the Rockingham County Public Schools website, Dr. Adolph Brown, will be the recipient of our tax dollars.

Where’s Matt Lohr?

Certainly his speaking talents should be of sufficient quality to enable him to “pump up” the employees of the Board, or not.