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Jeff Stone joins criticism of Sheriff Stan Sniff, says he’s putting ego over public safety

By in Press Enterprise on February 7, 2018

By Jeff Horseman

Calling on Riverside County’s sheriff to change his ways and be a team player, state Sen. Jeff Stone, R-Temecula, has jumped into an ongoing and increasingly heated dispute between Sheriff Stan Sniff and Supervisor John Tavaglione.

Meanwhile, Tavaglione stepped up his verbal attacks on Sniff, saying his fellow elected official could use a “crying towel,” is acting like a child and has failed county residents

In response, Sniff said he’ll continue to work with consulting firm KPMG, whose work to make county government more efficient has been praised by Tavaglione and criticized by the sheriff. But Sniff added he’ll continue to speak his mind regarding his department’s funding levels.

In a Facebook post Tuesday night, Feb. 6, Stone, a former supervisor, implied that being in power has changed Sniff for the worse and said he is not the same man Stone voted for to become sheriff more than a decade ago.

Stone, who was a county supervisor until his election to the state Senate in 2014, recounted his 2007 vote for Sniff to fill the vacancy created by then-Sheriff Bob Doyle’s departure. Stone wrote he was the swing vote on the board for Sniff, a distinction also claimed by Tavaglione; Sniff, Tavaglione and Stone are all Republicans.

In more harmonious times — just before being sworn in as sheriff in October 2007 — Stan Sniff, left foreground, shares a laugh with Riverside County supervisors including John Tavaglione, right foreground, and Jeff Stone, background left. (File photo by Kurt Miller, The Press-Enterprise)

“My friends, the Sheriff Stan Sniff I would select then and know and work with, is NOT the same Sheriff Stan Sniff I see today,” Stone wrote. “I have heard from many of his troops who are concerned and ironically relay some of the same complaints then deputy Stan Sniff had with his […]    

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