Well, I’m finally getting around to writing about this, after theÃ‚Â President’s Day weekend.Ã‚Â
Acting Orange County Sheriff Jack Anderson must REALLY want to get on Board of Supervisor’s Chairman John Moorlach’s good side.Ã‚Â I know he’s trying to get appointed Sheriff, but I think he’s been sipping some of Moorlach’s Kool-aid.
The Orange County Register reported onÃ‚Â Thursday Sheriff Jack Anderson is proposing a radical reshaping of Orange County jails that could save taxpayers as much as $80 million each year by using as many as 700 correctional officers instead of deputies to staff the county’s three main facilities that house prisoners.
First, why would he think that paying people less to do the job of running our county jails is a solution? Is he suggesting that the problems are the result of a lack of training or a lack of discipline? If so, can’t that be fixed through department leadership?
Second, his estimate of potential cost savings appears to be based upon “Moorlach Math.” Moorlach Math is when you pull a number out of thin air, claim it is based upon some real data, and then reach conclusions that would not otherwise be possible.
The Orange County Register reported that Anderson claims that with the huge difference in pension and salary the new plan would save as much as $34 million in one year by staffing correctional officers throughout existing facilities. Taking into account the proposed expansion of the James A. Musick Correctional Facility in Irvine, Anderson said the savings could soar as high as $80 million each year.
What he left out, due to Moorlach math, is what he plans to do with the 700 deputy sheriff’s that would be replaced by correctional officers. So Jack, are you going to lay them off or do you expect 700 deputies to vanish due to attrition?
My favorite part is Anderson’s claim that he expected to “be hiring people within six months,” and that although the plan would create a new class of jail employee, heÃ‚Â doesn’t see it necessary to negotiate with the deputies union over the change. “We’re not going to negotiate on this,” he said.
WhatÃ‚Â someÃ‚Â people are willing to do to get aÃ‚Â job?Ã‚Â