Letters to the Editor: Sheriff’s Department What’s up with Raymond?

What’s up with Raymond?

nar·cis·sism  – noun

  1. Inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; vanity.
  2. Psychoanalyses; erotic gratification derived from admiration of one’s own physical or mental attributes; being a normal condition at the infantile level of personality development.

Sheriff Raymond Hamrick has evidently “jumped the shark”.  He fired the Sheriff-elect, along with 3 deputies, for apparently just pissing him off.  He has proven once again what a small, infantile person he truly is.  After all, he’s still the Sheriff, and he can throw his weight around by coming in on his day off and dismissing these workers for going against the grain…his own grain.

Sheriff Hamrick comes across as a little man with a Napoleon-like complex.  He seems to think he’s the big cheese with no one to hold him accountable.  He is the most powerful elected official in the County and it seems there is no one who can put a leash on him when he gets out of hand.  He has revealed his true character from the way he filed for re-election, his behavior thru the Primaries and up until now.  He, in my opinion, is not fit to serve in any capacity anywhere at all.  His photo on the Star website screams of a smug individual who only cares about himself.

Did Dan Crawford treat Hamrick like Hamrick has treated his employees?  Sure, Dan dismissed some folks who opposed him, but did he wait until the last minute and fire employees on his day off?  If so, I’ve yet to read about it.  It’s a helluva thing to say, but Hamrick makes Crawford look like a statesman.

Raymond has been away from his position of elected Sheriff of Cleveland County for years due to his motorcycle accident and then his kidney problems.  But, does that give him carte blanche to act in this way? I don’t think so.  The very people that Raymond Hamrick fired are the people that have covered his useless butt while he has been away.  This proves once again, that no good deed goes unpunished.  Remember the man in the Bible, Zacchaeus?  He was known to be a “wee little man”…but he climbed a sycamore tree so that he could see Jesus.  That’s Raymond, but only the “wee little man” part applies to him.

The difference between Zacchaeus and Hamrick is that Zacchaeus repented for his acts of corruption, vowed to make restitution for them, and then held a feast at his house.  From Raymond, not so much.  He’s simply a “wee little man”.  He has made it clear from the day that he decided to seek re-election that it is all about him, and the people responded by blessing him with a whopping 2% of the votes.  Indeed, “a wee little man was he”.  It seems as if the people of Cleveland County had him pegged from the beginning, and they were determined to forbid him another term, as well as another dime of easy money.

Another thing Hamrick should learn from all this:  be careful that you don’t burn all your bridges, Raymond.  It can come back and bite you on the butt.  Hamrick has stated that he has some applications for work out there, and it seems scary for him.  And it should be scary for him.  After all, who will hire such a self-absorbed individual for any position?  Maybe he can run for County Commissioner in the next election.  If the vote counting process in the recent election is any indication of how things will be, then he may have shot.  Otherwise, if I were him, I wouldn’t bother.


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