Susan Pamerleau charges Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz with “Gross Mismanagement and Misconduct” - Susan Pamerleau for Bexar County Sheriff

Posted in News on Feb 9, 2012


A Sheriff out-of-control



For Immediate Release
Phil Ricks | 210-260-9485
Pamerleau Campaign HQ: 210-490-8001


(San Antonio, Texas)—Susan Pamerleau, candidate for Bexar County Sheriff, today charged incumbent Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz with “gross mismanagement and misconduct.”

“The regime of Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz is rampant with a disturbing pattern of gross mismanagement and misconduct,” Pamerleau said at her campaign headquarters, adding, “what makes his conduct so troubling is the sheer breadth and depth of the mismanagement—all you have to do is listen to the news, go online or read the newspaper—it’s an embarrassment to the citizens of Bexar County.”

Pamerleau, who served in the United States Air Force for more than 30 years and retired as a two-star general, was also a Senior Vice President at USAA. Pamerleau’s experience covers both the public and private sectors with a focus on efficiency and building high-performing teams. In her career, Pamerleau has led staffs and managed budgets much larger than that of the Sheriff’s Office and Jail.

To support her charges against the incumbent Sheriff, Pamerleau presented a lengthy list of news articles and reports regarding the actions of the Sheriff and the activities in his office and at the Bexar County Jail, including mismanagement of the Sheriff Office’s $100 million budget, requesting more money to guard fewer prisoners even though the Bexar County Jail is not at capacity, a detention officer being arrested for cocaine possession, a detention officer impersonating a criminal investigator, mismanagement of money and property at the jail, inmates being mistakenly released from the jail, claims of sexual abuse, allowing the smuggling of drugs and hacksaw tools into the jail, charges of female inmates being assaulted, drug dealing by jail guards, and several others. (A list of links to these news stories is included at the end of his release.)

“The bottom line is this,” Pamerleau said, “in any organization, management policy, tone and style are set by the person in charge. By any measure, Sheriff Ortiz has failed at his job and the result is the safety of the citizens of Bexar County is unnecessarily at risk. I will put an end to this mismanagement so we can better protect our citizens. That is what the Sheriff is elected to do, and that is exactly what I will do.”




January 17 2012
KABB Fox San Antonio – Jail Guard Arrested for Cocaine Possession
A Bexar County detention guard is behind bars for cocaine possession. – Police: Bexar jailer arrested with crack cocaine

January 13, 2012
WOAI – Detention officer arrested for faking investigation
A Bexar County Detention Officer is arrested for impersonating a public servant.

December 2, 2011 – Texas guards jailed for smuggling in contraband
Bexar County jail guard Alfred Casas, 32, agreed to bring some tacos to prisoner Jacob Keller even though this violated jail rules.

November 21, 2011
KENS 5 – Oops! Bexar County Jail inmate temporarily freed
A Bexar County Jail inmate is back behind bars after a jailhouse error gave him a temporary taste of freedom.

October 27, 2011
KENS 5 – Ex-Bexar County jailer sentenced for assault of female inmate
Marco Cedillo resigned his position in August after 25-year-old Laura Elizalde accused him of sexually assaulting her.

September 22, 2011 – Ex-Bexar jailer pleads guilty to assaulting inmate
Raymond Alexander Quintero, 33, entered the plea to one count of deprivation of civil rights under color of law.

September 15, 2011 – Jailer accused of sexual contact with inmate
Inmate says she was victimized at least six times at Bexar County Jail.

August 5, 2011
KENS 5 – BCSO investigating claims of sexual abuse by detention guard
A woman locked up in the Bexar County Jail claims she was sexually assaulted by a detention guard.

September 15, 2011
WOAI – Deputy busted trying to smuggle drugs into jail
He’s on the other side of the law tonight. A Bexar County deputy is accused of bribery and it’s all in connection with his attempt to smuggle drugs into the jail.

September 15, 2011
KENS 5 – Bexar County jailer accused of smuggling drugs to inmates
A Bexar County jailer has been arrested for allegedly providing drugs to inmates.

August 19, 2011
WOAI – Mismanagement of money and property at Bexar County Jail
It’s clear, Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz and Commissioner Kevin Wolff don’t see eye-to-eye when it comes down to this audit.

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