By: Mark A. Weltingham
Geauga County residents suffered greatly under the failed leadership of former Sheriff Dan McClelland and now it’s even worse under his hand picked predecessor and personal friend, Scott Hildenbrand.
Hambden Township Fire Chief Scott Hildenbrand was also handpicked by Dan McClelland, for retire rehire in 2013, an offer that excluded other deputies who served under Hildenbrand and financially benefited McClelland’s small circle of family and friends.
True leaders look out for the men and women who serve under them. Scott Hildenbrand took care of himself.
Hildenbrand continues to receive his comfortable pension, Hambden Township Fire Chief pay and full salary from the Geauga County Sheriff’s office, and all with no documented work schedule or accounting of his time or work hours.
Hildenbrand has publicly stated that is he on call 24/7 as the Sheriff. He can’t be “too much” on duty if he is working the same 24/7 for Hambden Township.
Crime in Geauga County has escalated. The opiod crisis that began to escalate under McClelland continues to be a destructive and life-threatening issue under failed Hildenbrand.
Geauga County needs a full-time, law enforcement trained Sheriff, our lives depend on it!
But now the voters have a choice to stop the scam of Hildenbrand’s double salaries. Jimmy Lee Holden is running against Hildenbrand in the Republican Sheriff’s primary in March.
Holden has forty-three years of law enforcement experience and is not part of the Geauga County “Good Old Boy’s” network. He is not beholden to anyone. It’s time to stop the circle of cronyism in the county.
The Sheriff’s Department has 170 employees with a salary budget of $11 million a year. Hildenbrand hired thirty more people after he took over four years ago. Many of the deputies are not even commissioned, which means they can’t arrest anyone and can’t even turn the lights on in the cars. Why are we paying exorbitant salaries to people who do nothing but drive prisoners around?
Vote for Jimmy Lee Holden in the primary. As President Trump says: “What have you got to lose?”