Deputy launches campaign against Sheriff Donny Youngblood with critique of leadership

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    Deputy launches campaign against Sheriff Donny Youngblood with critique of leadership

    7 March 2018


    Justin Fleeman, a chief deputy with the Kern County Sheriff’s Department, formally announced his plan to run against his boss, Sheriff Donny Youngblood, in June’s primary election.

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    And he came out firing, claiming Youngblood has been bad for the Sheriff’s Department; that there are ethical and moral concerns at the top; that Youngblood doesn’t meet with his staff; and he has failed to keep substations staffed to the level they need to be.

    “We do not have the same quality leadership as we once had,” Fleeman said. “Putting deputies on the streets is priority number one.”

    He acknowledged that Kern County is in a long-term, serious fiscal downturn.

    But Fleeman said Youngblood has prioritized helicopters, airplanes and pilots over street deputies and has closed the jail in Ridgecrest, creating staffing problems in eastern Kern County.

    The number of patrol deputies on the streets is at all-time lows, Fleeman said.

    And he said the moral and ethical leadership at the top of the Kern County Sheriff’s Department is lax. Deputies who have had affairs with co-worker’s wives, Fleeman said, have been promoted, while other deputies have been passed over for promotion because Youngblood doesn’t like their fathers.

    Deputies are being investigated for selling drugs, domestic abuse and for sexual misconduct, a pattern of problems that Fleeman lays at Youngblood’s feet.

    http://www.bakersfield.com/news/dep...cle_85b94102-2262-11e8-a0eb-6b1d1e339a77.html

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