The Spin from our officials (from Facebook)
There have been many questions and false assumptions regarding an active fraud
investigation by the Sheriff's Office. To address these concerns, please read this statement from the Office of the Sheriff:
Since the fall of 2021, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office has received more than 200 tips alleging fraud in our local elections. These allegations range from citizens who claim to be witnesses of fraudulent activity to those who claim to be victims.
The Sheriff’s Office is committed to upholding the integrity of all local elections to ensure they are open and fair. Any organization that has turned this investigation into a divisive issue or tried to make their own conclusions is working against the public’s best interest. Nobody really knew about it until the Sherriff opened his mouth in Vegas, so is he to blame?
It is the Sheriff’s Office’s statutory obligation to investigate any criminal claim that comes to our office and submit our findings to the District Attorney’s Office. To not follow through with an investigation would be a dereliction of duty. Trust me, they do not investigate all criminal claims.
Releasing copies of these allegations prematurely, or specific details of any investigation while it’s active, would immediately compromise the integrity of the investigation and lose the trust of the citizens who bring allegations of criminal misconduct to our office. How about discussing them at a conference?
Anyone who suggests Sheriff Calvin Hayden initiated this investigation or wants to interfere with elections is woefully misinformed. This investigation began like any other investigation: with a tip of criminal wrongdoing. I believe that this is a self-inflicted wound, stop trying to blame the reaction of the people to the actions taken by the Sherriff for getting caught running his mouth when he shouldn't have.
This is a non-partisan issue. Our citizens want to have, and deserve to have, confidence in their local elections. Our citizens want to have confidence in our current government officials as well as in elections. Discussing this investigation with a partisan special interest group is what made it suddenly a partisan issue FOR BOTH SIDES
For the public's information: As with *any active investigation*, the Sheriff's Office cannot conduct any interviews, or it risks compromising the investigation. No, they can only lecture on it in Vegas to special interest groups and then cry about being questioned about the investigation by citizens. The actions of the Sherriff compromised the investigation
Wow! Have you ever read such a bullshit statement in your life? They are actually lecturing us on how wrong it is to discuss an open investigation and to basically keep our mouths closed DESPITE the fact that this was a non-story, NOBODY was discussing it until the Sherriff himself spoke about it to a special interest group in Vegas!
Not only is the Sherriff terrible at PR but so is the freaking PR department.
Then again, when you have an office that will not take any accountability for its actions, what choice do the PR people have? Did we actually believe a Judicial leader in JOCO to say, "my bad, sorry"? In the past 20 years have we ever heard a Judge, court employee, officer, sheriff, deputy or anyone apologize for any wrongdoing? Yeah, no.
It is time that we have an audit to investigate the people that spend every minute of their lives investigating us, scheming against us, wasting our tax dollars, padding their cushy pensions, and doing a favor for "friends" by leaking information about pending cases or investigations, judges pulling strings for employees in personal cases, etc..
Corruption has come to light and they do not know what to do. They seem to be making the headlines for all the wrong reasons lately don't they? For people that are supposed to be ethical.