8/28/18, 2:48 PM
“I Didn’t Know That”
Ran into Sheriff Adkins recently and discussed Ranch related safety and security issues.
Some of our discussion centered on the controversy surrounding President Dave Palmer’s false statements regarding my appointment as Security Advisor to the Ranch Board and staff. I informed Sheriff Adkins that I received an appointment letter from former Ranch President, Ben Johnson, which was also reported in the Telegraph.
Since then, Palmer on many occasions, in multiple venues, including the Madras Pioneer, social media site ND and the Telegraph, stated that the appointment was a “absolute falsehood”. Regarding the appointment, Sheriff Adkins stated, “I didn’t know that….”
I explained the time I had invested meeting with Ranch Manager Judy Lapora and others dating back to approximately 2013 regarding the creation of a hybrid security-safety/watch program adaptable for the Ranch and volunteer driven.
I further explained how I was originally tasked with researching ways to develop a formal security/safety program as part of my appointment. I told Sheriff Adkins, as part of my research efforts, I reviewed all relevant corporate documents, statutes, rules, regulations along with asking questions about internal/external Ranch Operations.
I also told Adkins, that in my opinion, by asking Lapora questions relevant to the internal workings of the Ranch, as well as her ignoring my efforts to proceed with various program details she and/or the Board must have become uncomfortable. This somewhat explained why not only was the program shut down, but also the program and my role misrepresented.
In the August 2017 Telegraph, Palmer specifically mislead the readers by suggesting that the program somehow morphed into a “proposal.” What is he talking about? I knew nothing about any proposal, let alone it being presented to the Board. Furthermore, Palmer references this phantom proposal as a “community policing program” and proceeds to continue his false narrative with the obvious intent to cast me personally in a negative light.
Palmer’s March 16, 2017 ND and Madras Pioneer statements again intended to mislead, divert or distract the Association Members from the truth and at the same time vilified me. Palmer stated in part, “…Mr. Stevens then was unable to be contacted and did not return calls about this subject.” This is an outright misrepresentation and HE KNOWS IT! Palmer further perpetrates his misleading agenda by stating, Mr. Stevens stated, he, ‘was asked to serve as an advisor to the Board of Directors and our staff on security issues on the Ranch.’ Palmer then stated,
“THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE FALSEHOOD.”
The ongoing misrepresentations and misinformation from Palmer is troubling. As “titled” Ranch owners, do we have the right to honest, transparent, accountable and non-confrontational leadership?
Ranch Matters Staff