RALEIGH – As far as changes on direction go, Wake County faced one of the most jolting when Democrat Gerald Baker defeated Republican Donnie Harrison to be elected the new sheriff in town. The fallout from Baker’s victory extends from obnoxiously stifling cooperation with ICE to protect criminal illegal aliens, financial mismanagement, closing the senior well-check program, and a whole lot of revenge when it comes to personnel shakeups.
One ex-deputy is suing Sheriff Baker, claiming his firing was a targeted retaliation for previously demoting one of Baker’s friends for ethics violations. Those deputies on the new sheriff’s good side (the Left side) have seen arbitrary promotions and pay raises, while those on the wrong side of the alliance have been targeted and punished.
“[…] Richard L. Johnson, then chief of operations for the sheriff’s office, said he demoted Deputy Teddy Patrick in 2017 for making homophobic and racist comments during a workplace training session in 2017. In court documents, Johnson said Baker fired him over the demotion shortly after taking office in 2018. Patrick, court filings say, is “a close personal friend and ally” of Baker.
Johnson was employed with the Raleigh Police Department between 1967 and 1972 before he joined the Wake County Sheriff’s Office in 1976. […]”
So was the demotion deserved, or not? Patrick allegedly outed a fellow colleague as gay during a training session. The recommendation was for Patrick to be fired, but then Sheriff Donnie Harrison demoted him instead. Patrick should feel gracious, but as soon as his friend Baker won the sheriff’s race, it appears retribution was the first thing on his list.
Johnson’s case was green lighted by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and may expose more petty shenanigans in the Wake County Sheriffs Office during the political transition, with the office politics probably still rippling throughout the ranks. As the lawsuit proceeds, Sheriff Baker should be expected to continue freeing known criminal illegal aliens into Wake County. Perhaps the residents of Wake County will be fed up enough with such nonsense that the Sheriffs Office can revert to the law and order focus it is supposed to have.
Read more about the lawsuit, and the background of it all, here.