April 30, 2006

Sheriff Mike Grchan discussion

Here is a place for discussion of Sheriff Mike Grchan. Please keep comments on topic and civil.


At 1/28/2006 1:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

apparantly no one cares....

At 1/28/2006 9:22 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Yes, someone asked why there wasn't any links for Grchan after I added one for Huff.

As I explained, I could find no web site for Grchan, which is usually the criteria for giving a candidate a link. But I thought out of fairness, I'd add one.

And now no one has much to say.

One thing I've learned, is that people with a negative view or opinion are by far the ones who post comments most often.

Those who agree with a post or have a positive reaction will rarely comment at all.

So I wouldn't say that the lack of comments here is necessarily a bad thing.

At 1/29/2006 9:16 AM, Blogger EMDEMO said...

Dope, I agree with you that no one probably has anything nice to say about Grchan. Not saying you don't support him, but I still think the number of people who do is quite few these days.

Dope, it is time for a change in Rock Island County.

At 1/29/2006 9:19 AM, Blogger EMDEMO said...

Hey Dope, why did you pull the blog off about the R.I.Co. Sheriff's race?

Was it getting a little to crazy? Maybee so.

At 1/31/2006 11:11 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

No "blogs" have been "pulled"

First of all, a little primer on terms.

This entire site is a "blog"

The person who writes the blog (in this case myself) is a "blogger".

A story posted to the blog by the blogger is a "post"

Those leaving comments on a post are "commenters".

A series of comments on a post is called a "thread".

And... just FYI, since the blog began nearly a year ago, there's been thousands of posts. You certainly didn't expect that they would all appear on one page, did you? That would mean that every time someone visited the blog, they'd have to wait until something like 1500 or more posts loaded!

For this reason, after a certain point, as new posts are added, the older posts eventually drop off the main page.

No posts have been "pulled" as you imagine. When posts no longer appear on the main page, they're available in the Archive area which you apparently haven't noticed. It's in the sidebar on the main page. Every post which has ever been made is there, grouped by week.

The post on the RI county sheriff's race can be found there, just as it was posted, as well as every single comment made on them.

Hope that clears up your confusion.

I'm sure you would have figured this out if you had given it a little more thought.

At 2/07/2006 2:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being a citizen of Rock Island County, I think Mr. Grchan should just step down wrather than face the embarrassment of getting beeten by Mr. Huff.

At 2/07/2006 2:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, at least he doesn't have to worry about being "beeten" by you in a spelling contest.

Somehow I doubt he'll take your advise. But thanks for sharing it.

At 2/07/2006 4:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Correct spelling or not, Mr. Grchan can not win this race. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. He has betrayed his closest supporters.

At 2/07/2006 4:26 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Well, I guess we'll find out soon enough.

May the best man win.

At 3/07/2006 2:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sure would like Huff to announce publicly who he has promised to be his under-sheriff and jail administator, that has alot to do with this race also.

At 3/08/2006 12:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As someone else said, there are no clear platforms/issues that the two candidates are basing the election on. So the real question is: Which of the two would be best for the county and the employees of the sheriff's department? The fact that some believe that the county is due for a change is irrelevant, and should not be a focal point for the race. Although Mr. Huff's 26 years of experience does make him a clearly knowledgable figure in law enforcement, the fact remains that Mr. Grchan has more years of experience, including the years of service as sheriff. Being a sergeant in charge of one shift of deputies, and a union representative does not adequately prepare one for running the entire department, proposing grant requests to either the the State or Federal governements, and being a public figure in the county. Sheriff Grchan can boast a resume that includes being a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and an instructor at WIU including his previous years of experience in an administrative position within the sheriff's department. Every voter should leave the "politics" out of the equation, and cast their ballot in a manner that answers the question "Who do I believe will do a better job?" A change in the county may be needed, but not during this election.

At 3/08/2006 5:21 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Bravo! The above is a great example of what a partisan comment should be like, no matter who you support.

It lays out their reasons for supporting someone in calm, rational terms and isn't consumed with demonizing or bashing the opponent.

If only more people would write like that.

If you want to express your support for a candidate, take the above as an example. Otherwise, chances are good that they'll be dumped.

At 3/08/2006 5:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the person who wants to know who is going to be the next jail admin and chief deputy. . The individuals that I have heard have been promised those positions are clearly not qualified for them. These are very important positions that do not need to be lowered to the level of a political pay back position.
If there are political pay backs to be done bring them in on the lower end of the command structure. You should not put political allies in positions that they are not qualified for. should political hacks be placed in charge of multi million dollar budgets and sixty to seventy corectional staff. The same goes for the chief deputy position. Do we give these types of positions to people based on how many yard signs they can find a place for. I do not think so. Why would Mr Huff not be willing to name these individuals prior to the election. Is he hiding something or would that be someone.

Thank you for this forum to bring to lite a very important issue.

At 3/08/2006 8:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all, there have been no promises to anyone for any special positions and for someone to assume such is wrong or just spreading rumors, false rumors. Do these people making these accusations have any proof of such thing or is it just bad mouthing from the other campaign.

I believe that the incumbent is so scared of losing this race that he will do or say anything. My opinion.

Hopefully the individuals from the incumbents campaign look at Mike Huff's discusion blog. R.I.Co. States atty., Jeff Terronez along with the Chiefs of Police and Fire are hosting a fundraisor for Mike Huff for Sheriff. Definately a move in the right direction for Rock Island County.

Maybe these subjects will wisen up and come about their witts. It is time for a positive change in Rock Island County.

At 3/08/2006 9:47 PM, Blogger ricoemployee said...

I am working on the Mike Huff for Sheriff committee and no one working on the campaign has been promised any position if he gets elected. The only thing that he promised is that all employee will be treated far better than they are now. Every one working on the campaign has only on goal and that is to get a new sheriff elected. Just because Mike Huff is running a clean campaign doesn't mean he is a bad guy. We feel that the public already knows how Grchan is. When Kraig Schwigen announced in a paper in Aledo that he was running for sheriff, as a republican, the next day he was striped of all of his duties. Kraig was in a trusted position with the sheriff's department and he also feels that it is time for change.

At 3/14/2006 4:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And could somebody please name these Chiefs of Police and Fire Chiefs that were hosting this fundraisor for Upper Rock Island County. Also Jeff Terronez had a fundraisor with Sheriff Grchan as well, so don't make it sound as if Terronez was fully supporting Mike Huff, when he had events with both. How come when you read Mike Huff's website it only deals with correctional officers their arbitrations. Could it mean that Sheriff Grchan has the majority support from his deputies. Mike Huff has all this support coming from AFSCME, the jailers union, but where is all the support from his co-workers (deputies).

At 3/15/2006 11:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is little if any support from the deputies. Why should there be? Huff has said publicly that he would eliminate some command level positions and special assignments. What message does that send to someone that aspires to advance within the department? In his role as a "union activist" he has challenged the promotions of more than one deputy sheriff. Sure, he has challenged some disciplinary matters (mostly his), but what has he done for the good of his own Fraternal Order of Police lodge? It appears that Huff has preyed on the emotions of a select FEW correctional officers and a maintenance worker that have all received negative discipline, as they well should have. These are all AFSCME union members. Huff and his followers appear to have sold their inaccurate bill of goods to the AFSCME hierarchy. I hope this information is considered by all the voters, particularly the good, honest union members (AFSCME and all others)when they cast their ballots on March 21.

At 3/15/2006 10:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those of you who question the validity of Jeff Terronez hosting the fundraiser for Mike Huff perhaps you should have been there March 10th to ask him yourself. It was great to have him there talking to the public and showing support for the Huff campaign. Not only was Terronez there but also several upper RI County police and fire chiefs.
Also, the only reason that deputies aren't showing outward support for the Huff campaign is because they would be black listed and their career haulted at the department. For that matter, except for the few captains and lieutenants that put and editorial in last weeks Dispatch, there hasn't been support for Grchan's campaign. Matter of fact, there was a union meeting in which the Sheriff attended to get the deputies to have their union back Grchan's campaign and they voted it down by many votes. The editorial in last weeks paper from the select few Capts. and Lts. highlighted three specific accomplishments for the 16 years Grchan has been Sheriff. If memory serves me right these are the same accomplishments that were mentioned 4 years ago. Apparently they haven't made any significant accomplishments to boast about since the last election. If someone only has three things to mention that they have accomplished in office in 16 years I think that speaks volumes to the public about the departments leadership or lack there of. The editorial from the editor of the Dispatch also said that Grchan embraces new technology when it's available. Perhaps he's still living in the early 90's and hasn't heard of MDC computers for the squads. The fact that there are no computers in RI County squads when they are a basic tool of law enforcement today and even small departments are equipped with them leaves RI County at a severe disadvantage for our citizens. Mike Huff wants to cut the unnecessary fat at the top of the ranks and put more uniformed officers on the street. He has many good ideas for the department and new services for the citizens of RI County. If Huff challenged any of the deputies promotions over the years, perhaps it is because the promotions are based on who golfs with or goes out with the upper administration for a cold one. Perhaps Huff feels promotions should be based on qualifications and training. Gee! There's a new idea.

At 3/17/2006 8:03 AM, Blogger EMDEMO said...

Grchan kind of blasted by Allmeir in the Dispatch today.

Claims of campaign retaliation from Grchan. Another Deputy, Lt. K. Schwigen was ripped from all responsabilities after announcing he might run as republican if he gets caucused in after primary.

Bad tactics by Grchan, but typicall.

At 3/17/2006 9:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What concerns me is all the negative talk here and know one signs their name.Get some guts or shut up.
How can you believe any of this B.S.

At 3/17/2006 7:40 PM, Anonymous UnionD said...

What concerns me is that anonymous 09:57 doesn't sign their name but is quick to critique all the others who use anonymous as well. Now to me, that is B.S.

What did Grchan think was so wrong about the comments that appeared in the Aledo newspaper? The comment was not out of line. It appears that Schwigen was just telling them what was in his very own personnel file, not disclosing anything confidential, concerning anything or anyone but himself. He has a right to run for Sheriff if he so chooses, and he should be able to do this without political retaliation for doing so. This should concern the public that has put him in office for the last 16 years. Seems like the incumbants days are numbered.

At 3/18/2006 9:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I made a post on 3/15 at 22:49 above. It is so beautiful when someone(Grchan) proves you right two days later with the Schwigen article in the paper. How many believe his career is haulted at the department? Good to let the public know days before the election that you don't intend on changing the way you operate. I suppose we should all plan on seeing another grievance being filed and the Sheriff needing the tax payers to foot his bill for yet another attorney because he chooses to run his personal agenda and retaliate against someone if they cross him. I hope the people of RI County understand that we can't afford to keep him in office. Before long we will be looking at laying off officers and county employees like Davenport is currently if this keeps up.

At 3/22/2006 1:13 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I had to chuckle when I read the sentence in the Dispatch article which maintained that unlike the previous campaign where employee morale was an issue, this time around it wasn't brought into it.

HA!! Who fed them that load???

It's been a constant topic and argument for Huff supporters here.

Apparently now, Sheriff department morale will be sky high and there will never be a union demand that Mr. Huff won't grant or greivance which he won't side with the employee. Let's hope Mr.Huff is successful at the job he's won.

And thanks to Mike Grchan for his many years of service. There are many who are sad to see him go.

At 3/29/2006 3:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

""Let's hope Mr.Huff is successful at the job he's won.""???

Did I miss something? Was there a general election and Mike huff is now Sheriff?

Huff won just over half the dem vote (51%?) I think I lot of Grchan suppoters will not vote for Huff...could swing to Republican candidate out of spite.

I'm not a supporter of Huff or Grchan...voted for Schoeder last time around.

At 4/13/2006 10:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the last post must have been from the republican candidate, Schidgen.

this guy is delusional if he thinks that a republican can win in rock island county.


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