It’s politics with an inside twist at the County Administration Building, where Jim Duffy, a sheriff’s lieutenant, took over earlier this year as Republican county supervisor Ron Roberts’s chief of staff. Son of the late sheriff John Duffy and former president of the San Diego Deputy Sheriffs Association, Jim Duffy is said by some to be burning to run for sheriff when Bill Kolender’s fourth term in office ends in January 2011. But there are other possible successors for the 73-year-old Kolender, including his second in command, undersheriff Bill Gore, who used to run the FBI office here. So Duffy’s relatively unheralded move to Roberts’s office has been seen by many as the supervisor helping his establishment friends give Duffy a head start over Gore.

And the way the arrangement was set up has only raised more eyebrows. According to salary records furnished by the County in response to a Public Records Act request, in 2007 Duffy made $108,491 a year. That was up from the $93,392 he made in 2003. His salary under Roberts has risen to $135,220. But even more interesting to some is the fact that Duffy did not have to retire as a sworn officer from the sheriff’s department in order to get the Roberts gig. Instead, he took advantage of a little-known loophole in county law that permits employees to take an indefinite leave of absence without pay from their regular positions in order to “accept an unclassified position as staff to an elected official.” No matter how long the leave, employees always have a guarantee of return to their old position, which in Duffy’s case comes with a better pension deal than civilian workers receive. Duffy did not respond to a request for comment message left at his office.

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habeard March 27, 2008 @ 9:40 a.m.

Gee, I wonder why Jim Duffy left the department? Could it be that upper management (to include the esteemed Undersheriff) has put their thumb on Mr. Duffy at every opportunity. With respect to his salary, when you spend 25 plus years in law enforcement (most of which is in management) 100,000 salary is about right. As far as returning to the department....I hope Mr. Duffy does return-----AS SHERIFF!

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Justice4all March 28, 2008 @ 12:35 p.m.

Instead, he took advantage of a little-known loophole in county law that permits employees to take an indefinite leave of absence without pay from their regular positions in order to “accept an unclassified position as staff to an elected official.”

Lets close this loophole!

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sdn8tv March 29, 2008 @ 2:36 a.m.

Has anyone noticed that San Diego is becoming a police state? Try and not break the law nowadays... good luck! The courts are a joke, the jails are run as a business, all the city and county sweetheart deals go to law enforcement, the mayor is the ex chief of police. Somebody please tell me what being a cop and running our city have in common! We have let them take over, we didn't even fight. While I have no problem with the SDPD, the sheriffs department is the biggest group of drop out morons in the state. They are completely unprofessional and have a dangerous cowboy style mentality. We need to act people.

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DocHolliday March 29, 2009 @ 2:43 p.m.

Ruby Ridge: San Diego Sheriff Candidate approved "shoot to kill"

"Four FBI agents, including the ex-head of the bureau's Seattle field office [[William Gore, #2 in San Diego Sheriff's Office]], invoked their Fifth Amendment privileges against self-incrimination yesterday during Senate hearings into a shootout in northern Idaho that left three people dead....In a closed session, the four FBI agents, citing their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination, refused to answer questions put to them by senators,

He said senior FBI official Larry Potts [above Gore in chain of command]....had approved an order under which FBI snipers were to shoot on sight any adult male seen with a weapon on the Weaver property.

....Richard Rodgers, head of the team [below Gore in chain of command]. Rogers helped formulate controversial "rules of engagement" for the siege that critics say amounted to a "shoot on sight" order for all armed adult males on the Weaver property.

FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi opened fire just a few hours after the rules of engagement were approved, wounding Randy Weaver and then killing his 43-year-old wife [head shot on mother holding her infant]...

....Justice Department probe of an alleged FBI cover-up of its conduct at Ruby Ridge...”

http://www.seattlepi.com/archives/1995/9509200047.asp

More: http://www.byington.org/Carl/ruby/ruby4h.htm

Tell me this guy wouldn't order Katrina-style gun confiscations, including use of deadly force, and other outrageous acts against the Constitution.

Why doesn't the San Diego media print the truth about this guy?

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SurfPuppy619 March 29, 2009 @ 3:47 p.m.

Gee, I wonder why Jim Duffy left the department? Could it be that upper management (to include the esteemed Undersheriff) has put their thumb on Mr. Duffy at every opportunity. With respect to his salary, when you spend 25 plus years in law enforcement (most of which is in management) 100,000 salary is about right. As far as returning to the department....I hope Mr. Duffy does return-----AS SHERIFF!

By habeard

Duffy has the brain power of a circus chimp. That is why he has never held a job in the private sector-he would never be able to cut it.

The ONLY reason he has a job in LE is because his Daddy pulled strings for him, which is the normal method of operation for getting hired in PD/FD/Gov in general.

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SurfPuppy619 March 29, 2009 @ 3:53 p.m.

Richard Rodgers, head of the team [below Gore in chain of command]. Rogers helped formulate controversial "rules of engagement" for the siege that critics say amounted to a "shoot on sight" order for all armed adult males on the Weaver property.

Actually the FBI engagement order was shoot on site ANY ADULT, armed or unarmed.

That's why Vicky Weaver was shot at the front door holding her baby in her arms and why Randy Weaver was aquitted of ALL charges-including murder- at his criminal trial (of course having Gerry Spence as your lawyer, who has never lost a case, doesn't hurt either).

Stephen Yagman was appointed Special prosecutor to prosecute Lon Horiuchi, but that fizzled and now Yagman is in prison for BK fraud.

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fredjones2005 May 22, 2009 @ 7:19 p.m.

I hope this Gore bastard doesn't get elected Sheriff.

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ATruConservative May 28, 2009 @ 5:17 a.m.

Jim Duffy as Sheriff, that would be good for San Diego County. We need a real Sheriff, not a veteran politician. We need someone who has the respect of the public. We need someone who isn’t afraid to tell a degenerate that he’s a dirt bag and he’s going to jail because he broke the law. Our country was formed and founded by men who were not afraid of being politically incorrect, men who spoke their mind, and men who spoke the truth whether you liked it or not. I have met three of the candidates; Duffy, LaSuer, and Gore. Of the three, Duffy is the only one who has the grit to do the job right.

“Has anyone noticed that San Diego is becoming a police state? ....While I have no problem with the SDPD, the sheriffs department is the biggest group of drop out morons in the state. They are completely unprofessional and have a dangerous cowboy style mentality. We need to act people.”

By sdn8tv 2:36 a.m., Mar 29, 2008 > Report it

Start by not breaking the law. We (San Diego County) need to follow the example set by Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona. I know that this predominately left thinking state would be at its wits end with a Sheriff like that, but it's what we need. Our county is becoming worse and worse every day. Crime is up, but our politicians don’t report it. They order the police not to document certain crimes to keep the statistics down, or the DA reduces the charge to a lesser offense. Either way, it’s hiding the truth about the crimes that occur in our county.

The men and women who work in law enforcement put their lives on the line every day so that the general public can feel safe. The majority of the general public has no idea of what a law enforcement officer experiences during a given day, much less during the span of their career. To call a deputy an unprofessional cowboy is ludicrous. Try to do their job before you speak.

Our law enforcement officers could use more training, that’s true. More training would help to prevent injury and or death to officer and the public. More training would eventually reduce the numbers of arrests and crime. But, our Federal and State government officials continue to cut the budget for law enforcement while they increase spending for wildlife conservation, or the printing of government documents in every language. With this lack of training, the general public still thinks all law enforcement officers should react in the proper, politically correct manner to each and every situation.

Our law enforcement officers need our support not our condemnation. Let’s face it, if the job was really that easy, local law enforcement agencies would not have a problem hiring qualified people to do the job. If the pay were as good as some want you to believe, personnel departments would look more like the DMV offices, with lines out the door.

Vote for Duffy and tell our politicians to cut the budget on non-essential projects, not law enforcement.

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