Ernie Coleman Is Gaslighting the People of Beaufort County | Beaufort County Now | Focusing on numbers never makes an interesting article, but the Chief Deputy has misled the public to such a degree that a boring, although enlightening, response is warranted.

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    These articles from Chief Deputy Harry Meredith, Ret. are showing a consistent pattern of data, and an intent to express what he believes to be true. The entirety of these ongoing posts can be found archived here.



    Focusing on numbers never makes an interesting article, but the Chief Deputy has misled the public to such a degree that a boring, although enlightening, response is warranted. The Washington Daily News attributed the following comments to the County Manager; however, Chief Deputy Charlie Rose actually made the statements I reference later. Once again, I would suggest Ashley Vansant read page 4 of his own paper to refresh his memory of the WDN Mission Statement.

    At a recent Commissioners meeting Chief Deputy Charlie Rose told the Commissioners that the Sheriff's Office has more veteran Deputies and more years of experience than ever before. He stated that, on average, Deputies have 8-16 years of "salty" experience. This seems to be a rather broad range that indicates it is nothing more than a guess. You could say a person is 30 years or 60 years old suggesting there is little difference between the two ages. This assumption would be incorrect.

    I want to focus on the young men and women that show up at a business or home in response to a call for help concerning a criminal matter, a civil matter or just to give some advice. These are the front-line Deputies that are really the face of the Sheriff' Office.

    Let's look at the four patrol shifts. The Sheriff's Office shows sixteen filled positions and five vacant positions, which include a Corporal and a Sergeant position. I am not sure why Ernie has not promoted someone in several months. The average years of experience of these front-line Deputies is 2.75 years. Of these sixteen Deputies, seven have a year or less of experience. Any law enforcement officer with less than a year of experience is considered a rookie.

    If Ernie fills the vacant positions in the next few days, he will have twelve Deputies with less than a year of experience answering calls. This will bring the average years of experience for the patrol Deputies down to 1.9 years. This also means that more than half of Ernie's front-line Deputies will have less than 1 year of experience. This is the "salty" experience the Chief Deputy spoke about at the Commissioners meeting.

    Who does a rookie Deputy look to for advice? He will go to his Sergeant who has four years or less of experience in this rural county. Only eleven of fifty Deputies in the Sheriff's Office have twelve plus years of experience, and none of these answer calls.

    Could starting pay be a cause? Probably not. Could lack of promotional opportunities be the problem? Again, probably not. What could it possibly be?

    It all boils down to Ernie Coleman. Remember, just a couple of years after he was elected a white Deputy pointed his service weapon at the head of a bi-racial Deputy and called him a n*****. What was Ernie's response? He kept the supervisor that committed the assault. He fired the Deputy that reported it, and he fired the bi-racial Deputy. Both Deputies sued and won hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    When this incident happened, Ernie denied everything by speaking to several media sources about the incident he said never happened. He knew he was lying and did not care. All of his staff knew he was lying but could do nothing. Ernie managed to keep this hidden until my articles appeared in December 2021. His only defense is continued denial and claiming he is a victim.

    Unfortunately for Ernie, he was elected during the internet era. Anyone under 90 can do a quick search on Google and find Sheppard V. Coleman or Franks V. Coleman or the article in the Washington Daily News. The facts in these court cases speak for themselves. Even Judge Dever was shocked at the lack of character displayed by an elected Sheriff.

    Ernie managed to hire three Deputies in October before Beaufort County Now published my articles. He has not hired a Deputy since then. Is anyone surprised?

    From the county records, it looks like Ernie keeps a number of vacant positions in patrol. For the last year or so this number has hovered at five or more. Four Commissioners let him use the salaries from those vacant positions to reward his personal, political and female friends at the Office.

    Ernie is now pushing for five more positions to be added to his staff. The Four will probably give these positions to him so he will have more money to be divided among his favorites. He can't fill five positions so how does he plan to fill ten?

    Remember, the extra money he gives to his favorites is not a bonus. It is a salary increase. It will not be long before his female office staff and some Deputies will be making $90,000.00 a year while others are paid 40% less. This increase follows the employee in to retirement and the county continues to pay for what Ernie has done.

    Why would any self-respecting Deputy go to work for a man that lies under oath, tolerates violent behavior and punishes Deputies for telling the truth? This is the way he has run his Office since he was first elected. This would also account for his 97.5% total turnover rate since 2015. Ernie can only hire the truly uninformed.

    Should I continue this article with Ernie's physical and mental abuse of members of his female staff? No. If you want, read my articles on Beaufort County Now. I'm tired of the sordid information coming from the Sheriff's Office.

    Ernie has done nothing but abuse his staff and the people of this county since he was elected. Fortunately, the bright light of truth has just begun to shine on this man and what he has done. As you can see from his actions this election cycle, he thinks the rock he is hiding under will shield him the public view he so desperately avoids. Has anyone seen Ernie out in public discussing the issues and explaining his actions since he drove in the Christmas parades in December?

    Do your own research and decide if this man deserves the title of Sheriff.

        Harry W. Meredith, Jr.

poll#144
Have Sheriff Offices in North Carolina, possibly even Beaufort County's Sheriff Office, become too political in the discharging of their sworn constitutional duties?
  No, the sheriff is a constitutional officer.
  Yes, the Sheriff Office, on strong occasion, often reverts back to political patronage in the dispensation of their sworn constitutional duties.
  I feel that heavy politics, and law enforcement is a strange marriage of dutiful aspirations.
590 total vote(s)     What's your Opinion?


poll#143
Should Beaufort County elected officials demand that every alleged incident of Child Rape be investigated in Beaufort County?
  Yes, without fail, irrespective of the parties involved; this heinous crime must be investigated, and the truth be known, and responsible parties prosecuted.
  No, some Beaufort County citizens are more elite than others, and these types of investigations can be most damaging to the alleged party in question.
700 total vote(s)     What's your Opinion?

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( April 23rd, 2022 @ 10:13 pm )
 
.....also translates out to:

"Wake Up America You're being lied to" (2291) or "Comes To Save The World".

Are you familiar with Jewish Gematria, Mr. Meredith? Have you been listening to Zeppelin again, sir😎👌?

I have to be the Quetzalcoatl or Ka element here. The yin to your yang. Without The Joker, there is no Batman.
( April 21st, 2022 @ 3:55 pm )
 
If anyone finds fault with the veracity of these well considered words by former Chief Deputy Harry Meredith, we implore you to please take issue with what Mr. Meredith considers to be true right here on BCN, either by comment or by posted article, and you will receive all the space that is reasonable to refute these allegations.



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