Yesterday July 5, 2018 the Board of Supervisors announced Mike Callagy is the next County Manager.
Here are his qualifications.
Callagy joined San Mateo County as one of three deputy county managers in 2013 after a 29-year career with the San Mateo Police Department where he ran day-to-day operations and retired as the deputy chief. In 2016, he was named assistant county manager. He holds a law degree from Santa Clara University, a Bachelor of Arts and master’s degree in public administration from the College of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in homeland defense and security from the Naval Postgraduate School.
San Mateo County Leaders always say this: “The Board selected Callagy after a nationwide recruitment and several rounds of interviews.”
John Maltbie’s 2017 pay & benefit total compensation was $597,524.82
You can be sure Mr. Callagy’s will be close to that plus remember he is retired police officer with 29 years so he will be close to $700,000 per year as a double dipper.
San Mateo County Manager Position is a very powerful position (purse strings) and Clerk to the Supervisors (sets the Agenda Items like #7 on July 12, 2016), similar to the Sheriff, and the District Attorney Office. The difference being the public is responsible for voting on the Sheriff and District Attorney.
Mike Callagy “I am grateful for the opportunity to lead this great organization with a Board of Supervisors that is dedicated to seeing its constituents thrive and that supports our committed County employees who are making positive impacts to all who live, work and visit here,” That sounds like a Chamber of Commerce and the San Mateo Daily Journal motto.
Question for the residents of San Mateo County,
How many of you knew about the Nationwide Recruitment effort to fill the County Manager Position? How many public meetings were held? How many members of the public made comment?
San Mateo County has a Historical Election today. For the first time in 25 years the resident/voters get to vote on the Sheriff Office, one of the most important offices in the County. There are 3 candidates, Illegally Appointed Carlos Bolanos who has been a candidate the longest over 3 years. Why would anybody start a campaign that long ago?
Then there is SMC Sheriff Deputy Mark Melville who started his campaign about 1 year ago. Mr. Melville told several editors of the local papers, “Carlos Bolanos is a Liar” that he watched the 3 minute video of Concerned Citizen Mark De Paula’s presentation to Don Horsley and Carole Groom and the other Supervisors on March 13, 2018 regarding his 3 years effort to get to the truth about what happened the night of April 21, 2007. Mr. Melville said Mark De Paula’s Presentation was brilliant and it proved “Munks and Bolanos were liars.”
The editors of at least 3 advertising businesses, SMDJ, PADP, The Almanac, chose not to let the voters know about the “Carlos Bolanos is a Liar” statement. That is unusual for a San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy to call his boss a liar. We are pretty sure most SMC residents would think that is newsworthy.
The third candidate (Write In) is Heinz Pushendorf another San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy who was the President of the Deputy Sheriff Association DSA the night of April 21, 2007. He told editors that “Carlos Bolanos Ordered him not to talk about or mention Operation Dollhouse.” He also said “Carlos Bolanos is trying to get him to sign a Non Disclosure Agreement.” Again the editors didn’t think that was newsworthy.
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If you are seeing this advertisement you are most likely in District 2. Ask yourself, do you know who your Supervisor is or know what the Board of Supervisors does? They are in charge of spending tax dollars for the County and are widely unknown. They are also a place for concerned citizens to go with complaints against government agencies or people.
Morgan is a Write In candidate. He decided to run after he saw his opponent was unopposed.
Morgan is concerned for the average resident, his opponent is not, Morgan understands and respects Conflict of Interest, his opponent does not. Morgan respects Whistleblowers his opponent does not. Morgan will not mislead the residents his opponent does. Morgan Endorses Mark Melville for Sheriff his opponent Endorses Carlos Bolanos when she should have Investigated then fired him. Bolanos was caught and detained as a customer of Human Trafficked Sex Slaves including a child. Morgan is opposed to Human Trafficking in San Mateo County his opponent is not.
2012 the Grand Jury warned the residents of San Mateo County that it’s leaders (Supervisors) misled the Voters on the County’s financial status, in order to pass Measure A. The Supervisors reported a deficit when in reality the Grand Jury had found the County had a surplus, making Measure A dishonest and unnecessary. Carole Groom was a Supervisor at that time.
Below is a link to the report. If you do not have the time to read the entire report I would suggest going to page 11 and reading the Findings list. Item number 7 and 8 specifically tell of the mistruths.
An inconvenient truth about San Mateo County’s “structural deficit” is that … there isn’t one!
I ask why? “We wish there were two better candidates in this race.” They don’t mention the 3rd candidate for Sheriff, Heinz Puschendorf is a Write In candidate that the Daily Post is aware of. Why?
“This won’t be an easy choice for informed voters.” That is an understatement. How would any San Mateo County Voter expect to be informed? Hint, it would look, feel and act like a Newspaper.
“A key issue for Melville is Operation Dollhouse, the 2007 FBI raid of a Las Vegas house of prostitution.” This was not a house of prostitution, this was a Human Trafficking Sex Slave residential house that included a minor. Dave Price leaves that out. Why?
“An FBI report indicates Munks went into the home while Bolanos stayed outside.” Dave Price has refused to identify or produce the FBI report. Why?
“He’s reached out to the Latin community,” It’s Latino, and what does that even mean? no communication/interviews by the Post, of anybody who is Latino.
The Palo Alto Daly Post has censored and deleted comments on this Endorsement.
In the June primary, San Mateo County voters will see two candidates on the ballot for sheriff, the first time that’s happened since 1993, when Don Horsley was first elected to that post. We wish there were two better candidates in this race. This won’t be an easy choice for informed voters.
The candidates are Sheriff Carlos Bolanos, a former Redwood City police chief and county undersheriff. He was appointed sheriff in 2016, when Greg Munks retired. He is facing one of his own deputies, Mark Melville, who is currently assigned to patrol an area on the coast.
A key issue for Melville is Operation Dollhouse, the 2007 FBI raid of a Las Vegas house of prostitution during which Munks and Bolanos, then the undersheriff, were detained. Prostitution is legal in many places in Nevada, but not in Clark County, where the raid took place.
Munks and Bolanos weren’t charged. An FBI report indicates Munks went into the home while Bolanos stayed outside.
When they got back to San Mateo County, Munks issued a brief statement saying he thought they were visiting a “legitimate business.” After that, Munks dodged questions about the raid.
We recall a June 18, 2009, interview Munks gave to a Post reporter about the campaign for a new jail. At the end, the reporter asked about the Las Vegas incident. Munks abruptly halted the interview and ushered the reporter out of his office.
By staying silent about the incident over the years, Munks kept a cloud of suspicion hanging over himself and Bolanos.
When we interviewed Bolanos the other day, his attitude was very different. He was willing to talk about the incident without flinching. But he was adamant that he did nothing wrong that night in Vegas.
“I refuse to apologize for something I didn’t do,” Bolanos said.
And nobody has been able to prove that Bolanos did anything more than stand outside that brothel while Munks went inside.
The suggestion that Munks and Bolanos were lax on prostitution isn’t supported by the record.
The North Fair Oaks neighborhood in unincorporated San Mateo County, where the sheriff serves as the local police department, was previously littered with massage parlors that, according to online rating sites, were actually houses of prostitution.
In 2015, the sheriff’s office — headed by Munks with Bolanos as undersheriff — worked with code enforcers and the county counsel to shut down nine parlors. It was a considerable achievement that hasn’t been brought up in this campaign by either side.
While Bolanos doesn’t deserve a free pass for his involvement in the Vegas incident, nobody has been able to make the case that his department is enforcing the law any differently because of it.
Generally, we’ve liked what we’ve seen during Bolanos’ time as sheriff. The department has been more transparent, there have been very few instances of unprofessional conduct by deputies, and Bolanos has demonstrated that he’s fiscally conservative when spending the public’s money.
He’s reached out to the Latin community, which can be a difficult area for law enforcement agencies given the apprehension over immigration policy. His cooperation with ICE is dictated by state law, and Bolanos has been following that law. He has said repeatedly that his officers will not be asking about the immigration status of those they contact, and he doesn’t feel county deputies should enforce federal immigration law.
We question whether his opponent, Melville, would be capable of running a large sheriff’s department with 800 employees. It was disappointing that none of the county’s police chiefs or sheriff’s captains entered this race. Anybody who succeeds in one of those jobs would automatically be considered a strong candidate for sheriff.
Melville, currently a patrol deputy, does have executive experience, though not on the scale of running a major sheriff’s office like the one in San Mateo County. He was a city councilman in the small Central Valley town of Gustine (population 5,520) from 2002 to 2006. The Merced Sun-Star said he was fined $400 by the state Fair Political Practices Commission for not reporting on his financial disclosure forms that he owned a consulting business that worked on city projects.
He was city manager and public safety director in Livingston (population 13,058) from 1999 to 2002 and held a similar position in Gustine from 1988 to 1999, working as its city manager and police chief.
No perfect choice
We give Melville credit for jumping into the race and offering voters a choice. While neither is the perfect candidate, Bolanos wins our recommenddation because he has the strongest record and the most experience. — Editor Dave Price