by Grand Forks Herald
November 18, 2010 at 4:52 am in Grand Forks Herald
An effort to recall Walsh County Sheriff Lauren Wild has been approved by North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger. Continue Reading
Tags: ND politics, walsh county 28 Comments »
Good. I think what the sheriff did was despicable.
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While firing Deputy Nord was legal and within Sheriff Wild’s right, it’s discouraging that he actually did it. As a manager myself, one of the things I encourage in my employees is that they have aspirations of moving up to bigger and better jobs with more responsibility. What does it say about a boss’s self confidence if they are threatened by someone who works for them wanting to improve themselves? And from what I understand, the Sheriff had decided as early as March, that if he won, he was going to fire Nord. Apparently, Sheriff Wild rules with an iron thumb and wants his employees to just shut up and do what they are told. Is that a good quality in a sheriff?
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It is a shame that Sheriff Wild took this route. What a message to send to future candidates for these types of positions. Our democracy was built with the idea of freedom to run for office and to allow voters to determine who would hold an office. By terminating the employment of an employee who decided to run again him, Sheriff Wild effectively took that basic freedom and democratic principle away.
I do hope Walsh County voters send a message to Sheriff Wild and other North Dakota elected officials who might attempt this blatant disregard for our democracy. Even more so, I hope the North Dakota legislature looks at this situation and perhaps addresses it so that these very questionable, unethical actions can no longer hide behind the veil of legality.
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Mr. Wild won the election fair a square and from my understanding he won it with a large amount of voters supporting him. 90% of the people in america did not like what George W. Bush did in his terms but we bit our lip and waited for his term to be done. We did NOT ask for a reelection because he won FAIR AND SQUARE just because he has done wrong with some of his decissions does not mean that he should be “sent a message”. Mr. Wild has been sheriff for QUITE ALONG TIME there is a reason why to. Sure the “firing” of Mr. Nord may have been delt with in the wrong way, but there is DEFINETLY more behind the story then ‘he ran against me and im not going to deal with that’ !! Maybe Mr. Nord and Mr. Wild have not getten along for years and Mr. Wild did not trust his life in Mr. Nords hands if worst was to come to worst? `
What if this RECALL ELECTION happens and Mr. Nord is elected as sheriff? Will Mr. Wild become his deputy? or will he be fired? if he is fired will there be ANOTHER recall election?
Both Mr Wild and Mr. Nord and wonderful MATURE and RESPECTED people in my area. For people who do now know the just of the story to come on to websites and call either of the “disrespectful” “immature” or anythign of the kind is 100% rediculous. I have been rised in a wonderful family who has tought me to do what you believe is the right thing to do and believe that Mr. Wild will remain sheriff and will continue to do a wonderfull job of keeping us citizens safe.
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You asked one of the best questions yet (to me anyway) in that would Mr. Wild become the deputy. That is intriguing to say the least. My guess is that Mr. Wild would resign before serving under those circumstances, but that is just a guess.
As for other underlying issues to the termination, again….if you were truly worried a fellow officer not having your have your back you’d have terminated him or her immediately to protect yourself and the other officers. This was so mis-handled that there is little hope for Mr. Wild EVER justifying it, even if somehow it might have been justifiable (sp?) to begin with. To think that a superior with over 2 decades of managerial experience wouldn’t have been able to handle this if it was in any way justifiable is hard to imagine. The math continues to not add up.
I would also think that if there were truly justifiable (man I hope I’m spelling that word correctly!) underlying reasons I would have expected a rank and file support falling in behind the Sheriff in support of his decision (like HR department, County Attorney, County Commissioners, other local law enforcement officials..including impartial ones from outside the Walsh County Sheriffs Department). Right now all I’ve seen or heard is “he had the ‘legal’ right” to do what he did”. If I was worried about my back personally and professionally I’d say I haven’t seen an outpouring of support by those I need support from to this point. Why not?
I do like the way you think though….nice to see some creative analysis here!
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It is very gratifying to see the political processes this country was founded on at work. My hats off to the people who actually took the time to correctly get the ball rolling and best of luck to a swift collection of the needed signatures. It will be interesting to see if the citizens of Walsh County vote in the good sheriff again with a 2 to 1 margin now that he’s shown his true mettle and class.
I hope that the voters let him know that there is a definite difference between being “legally” right and morally right. Mr. Wild stands a good chance of finding out what’s good for the goose is good for the gander….one wonders what his plan B will be if he is suddenly out of a job in the current economy.
In all fairness, if he can ever back up his “Nord lied during the campaign” allegations, then he’d save a lot of time and tax payers money but putting out the lie and proof of it and putting a stop to the whole process…but as he hasn’t to this point I’m willing to bet the proverbial nickel to a hole in a donut that either A) there was no lie or B)there was a stretching of a point, but it was rooted in a non-flattering truth…so please don’t dig to far into it if you are a reporter or concerned voter.
P.S. – The fact that he tried to have the County Commissioners stop the recall petition from going forward is laughable…does an elected official of over 20 years not even know where his position and it’s limits come from…as in “the people”, not the commissioners. That is just plain sad.
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What do we know?
1. Wild won the election.
2. Wild fired Nord the following day.
3. Wild claims Nord lied during the campaign.
4. Wild consulted with at least two different agencies before firing.
Has Nord made any public comments about the claims and have any specifics come out about the supposed lies?
I am curious as why no rebuttal from Nord (that I know of).
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Wild fired Nord at 0800 the day after the election…
What 2 agencies do you suppose he met with at 0300 in the morning?
This was premeditated on his part which makes it despicable. Wild has yet to issue any details about what “Lies” were spoken during the campaign.
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I’m from walsh county.I believe Lauren Wild did the right thing by firing Ron Nord.When Ron lied about being in the service, when he was not…Then what else has the guy lied about.In their business they watch each other backs.I would not want Ron Nord watching my back..Put yourself in Lauren shoes what would you have done…But yeah its easy to say because your not there….
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Well Linda I hate to tell you this but, Ron did serve in the United States Air Force. He was a Flying Crew Chief (Enlisted maintainer that flew with his airplane) on KC-135s in SAC (Strategic Air Command). If you require more information do a little research (should prove to be a challenge considering your previous statements). I would love to hear how you came to the conclusion that Ron Nord didn’t serve in the USAF? Oh yeah he was also the biggest influence in my choice to become a Loadmaster (Enlisted Aviator) in the United States Air Force. I even tried to get KC-135 but got the C-130 instead.
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1. As to checking with 2 agencies prior to firing (and that was way before morning after the election by the way, check with those “agencies”…County Attorney and HR Dept. I believe Mr. Wild stated)…ask them what their actual recommendations were as to whether or not he should terminate Mr. Nord.
2. Did Mr. Nord allegedly lie about military service on his original employment application over 19 years ago or during the election? If it was almost 2 decades ago and it has just been “discovered” now by the Sheriff…that is either highly coincidental or very convenient, though it would have been grounds for dismal back then before over 19 years of unblemished service to Walsh County. If it was during the election, it should have been brought forward…and likely would have by a savvy politician like Mr. Wild…during the election. It would not, however, be automatic grounds for dismal the day after the election.
3. As to Mr. Nord not making to much noise, what are his options? If he publically pouts, he loses a measure of personal and public respect. I’m sure he has also spoken to some sort of legal council who have told him to keep his thoughts to himself as public remarks may hinder a future lawsuit against the Sheriff’s department and Walsh County. He also was not the one who made public accusations of lying. Until the good sheriff lays out some sort of specifics, what does Mr. Nord have to respond to??
Not one person has said that Sheriff Wild did not have the LEGAL right to fire deputy Nord, what the Sheriff is finding out is that maybe he should have listened to those same agencies about the possible outcome of firing the deputy after the election. It was a firing without merit, without cause and without commonsense. If Sheriff Wild thought it anything else he’d have had the conviction and courage to do it PRIOR to election night, not under the cover of post election dawn on the way out of state.
Now the citizens of Walsh County are just exercising their LEGAL right to recall the sheriff, and they are much more MORALLY correct in their actions than the sheriff was in his.
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Wild sounds like a wonderful republican. Karl Rove would be proud.
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Lauren Wild,provided inside security service to President Reagan. He worked with closely with the FBI and Secret Service. He was assigned to the chief agent and rode in the second car behind the president. He was physically located directly in front of the podium and allowed to carry his service weapon. This is an achievement few will have the honor of achieving!Now this is very true…
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What does this have to do with anything in the article? Did this come up in the election? Was his reputation or past question? Does this really mater and how does this effect anything?
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Well John! It shows that Lauren does have class.Are u from here?The thing is i believe he did what he thought was right at the time..Iâ€™ve lived here for about 40 years & hes done a great jobâ€¦I have had my experience with both Lauren & Ron.I worked closely with the police department for a few years.And i know they have a tough job..So i will leave it at that Have a good dayâ€¦
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I was born and raised in Grafton. Left when I joined the Military and in a few years I have plans to retire back in ND, just not sure where yet. Any job that you choose to take up that encompasses the protection of the public is tough, even in North Dakota. I know both Ron and Lauren, but I still don’t see what this security detail has to do with the current issue. Lets play the Devil’s Advocate here. Where is the proof this security detail happened and that Lauren was as important as you say he was? I’m sure it can be proved, but it is just like people claiming Mr. Nord never served in the USAF. This also can be proved but again why did it come up after the fact he fired Mr. Nord? Why wasn’t it brought up during the election? It just pains me to watch as someone tries to tarnish a Veteran’s Military Service without asking the questions to the right people.
Well John ,No one was tarnishing the Military I’m from military family myself.But u have your opinion and thats all it is .Walsh county record has all the details..I hear Canada would be a nice place to retire John…….
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You quite plainly called Mr. Nord a liar on the subject of his military service on November 20th (see above). Saying you didn’t tarnish the Military is laughable when you just called a Military vet a liar in a public forum….and I notice that given it took very little time to verify his Military record instead of putting out unsupported hearsay that you have of course apolgized just as publically, given your respect for the Military and those that have served in it.
You have side-stepped the issue at hand with every retort to John, who is just pointing out that you seem to be missing the crux of this whole recall issue the very same way Mr. Wild seems so bewildered. You will get the chance to campaign loudly and publicly for Mr. Wild again and will be free to debate all the issues and everybodys records soon enough. Best of luck with Mr. Wild’s.
You questioned what else Mr. Nord might be lying about given he lied about his Military service (which he obviously didn’t). My question to you is this: What else has Mr. Wild been doing in regards to running off recruits that don’t bend to his will if he is willing to go 1 for 1 on publically firing anyone who chooses to oppose him publically?
Mr. Wild simply made a tactical error in judgement that was clouded by a personal ego that could have been avoided by doing what happens every election cycle….winning, gloating a little, enjoying the victory and then getting to work. A sore loser is bad enough, a sore winner is just pathetic.
I would also wonder why you would want someone who is a native of the area, who values it enough to pay attention to what is happening back home as he feels it is an area worthy of moving back to, has served in the Military you personally touted to move somewhere else? Wanting someone to go away simply because they don’t agree with you and publically stand up to you is EXACTLY what got Mr. Wild into this situation. Perhaps it would do you well to stand back and see how that is going for him before you make any further posts.
And apoligize to the Military Veteran you both personally and publically insulted in this forum…it would go a long way to putting a little more weight to your futher posts as well. Otherwise you professed love of the Military and your familiy members who served is as pointless as telling us what Mr. Wild did over 20 YEARS ago to justify a horrendous act last month.
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Hmm Canada…I hear the weather there is almost as nice as North Dakota’s is this time of year, but it just isn’t the same as the Red River Valley. As for saying anything else, well I would fall short after payingattention’s reply. If I ever get to meet you payingattention I would have to buy you a beverage of your choice. Cheers!
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Wow,I think this is getting out of hand.What it said in the record was Mr.Nord claimed to be a veteran of two wars.Wild checked with the VA according to the VA,They had no wars during the time he was assigned to an Air Force tanker…John & payingattention, chill out u dont have to attack her like that .You people should grow up let the people of walsh county make the choice.
Just pointing out that if you are going to throw stones you should check for those glass walls. If my comments were stinging it would be due to a shorter amount of bull I can take the older I get. And I do look forward to seeing my fellow citizens of Walsh County make the decision in the recall election.
And when was it that Mr. Wild made this discovery about the military record? If it was a firing offense it should have been acted on immediately. If it was not in fact a firing offense, then it rings hollow to use it as such after the fact. And as he checked on the legality of firing Mr. Nord over a week before the election took place, one can only assume he knew of the descrepancy in the stated military service before the election and chose not to act on it immediately. Was he going to say nothing about it if he had lost? Hardly think so given his current actions. One can also wonder why he didn’t use it in his pre-election campaigning. Hate to think he only managed to dig it up in a panic for an excuse after the fact.
This simply goes back to a bruised ego and regardless of how it is spun, all public reasons given don’t stand up to any sort of reasoned scrutiny. A calculated move was made and it has proven to be a serious error in judgement.
My sincere wish is for a solid recall election where all candidates are properly scrutinized ahead of the election rather than given free passes by members of the press and public who are then shocked by a candidate’s actions. Proper vetting might have prevented this situation for all parties involved.
Happy Holidays to all and best wishes on the coming New Year!
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Payingattention,It all comes down to is credibility,My understanding durning the campaign,Wild knew he was in the Air Force,Nord just said he was a veteran of two wars.That was found to be false,And there was more stuff, but i’m just going to sit back and see how it plays out.
So Happy holidays to u all !!!
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I want to apoligize to military veteran,When i wrote that i did mean war not service,But i again apoligize..John,you’re probably right, sorry about Canada …
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Linda apology accepted. Got to love politics…
Now Justin last I checked I’m a registered Voter in Walsh…so I guess I will be getting an absentee ballot so I can exercise my right to vote. Also I wonder what the USAF called those conflicts when they first happened? I know when Desert Storm happened it was called a conflict, war and everything else they could think of before they finalized it as a War. Just something else to think about. But hey we all make mistakes other wise we wouldn’t be talking here would we?
Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to everyone also. (It should be a good one for me as I will be back home spending it with Family and Friends)
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If this thing is going to keep going, I think that their should be a debate between Ron Nord & Lauren Wild. If Ron Nord didn’t make false statements during the campaign, then he can defend himself infront of Lauren Wild and whoever else attends. Why doesn’t Ron start defending himself about all of this, instead of other people? If he didn’t lie about anything, dont you think he would want to defend himself and not others do it for him? Wild won fair and square with 1,088 or so votes ahead. And I mean, why would you want a recall? Wild has been the walsh county sheriff for many years because he is the best at what he does. many people may argue this point because on several occasions no one has ran against wild… because wild is a good sheriff and anybody that runs against him should not have high hopes as we observed in this election. and it is what it is AN ELECTION not a get mad and throw a fit because got you fired for trying to steal the boss’s job and say untruthful things in the office while doing it party!!
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Thoughts on a couple of your comments to consider:
1. Why should Mr. Nord be forced to defend something that may or may not be true, especially if it’s not. You are innocent until proven guilty, meaning you do not have to run around disproving every rumor someone might start about you. While the majority of people would have a knee-jerk reaction to do just that, some people leave the issue to resolve itself because they already know the truth and know it will come out in the end.
2. If Mr. Nord chooses to sue for wrongful termination, any attorney he hires will tell him to keep his thoughts to himself…or at least out of the media, no matter how much he’d like to defend himself.
3. As for Mr. Wild being the having to be the best, because afterall he’s run unopposed several times, would you run against him knowing this was the guaranteed outcome if you were a qualified candidate? Keeping the possible competition out of the running by weilding the threat of unemployment would tend to keep you unoppossed in either an election or in a corporatation if you valued your continued paycheck. Do you honestly think that that threat was only made (and carried out) in this single instance?
4. As for “trying to steal your boss’s job”, hardly. Mr. Wild publically stated after the LAST election that it would be his last go around as Sheriff of Walsh County. He then repeated it constantly over the last 3 years. He did not in fact file to run for Sheriff again until AFTER he found out Mr. Nord had filed. So to say that your employee of 19+ years, who NEVER ran against you and in fact patiently waited for the FIRST election to come up that you would not be running in (according to “the boss” himself) showed respect, not attempted theivery. Was Mr. Nord supposed to shelf his ambitions he had waited almost 20 years to exercise because his boss changed his mind after 3 years? If you think you are upper level material in whatever you do for a living, would you be willing to wait 19 years to find out? I know I wouldn’t have that kind of patience.
5. If Mr. Wild was totally innocent in his actions and there was no merit for the potential recall, there would be no petition being certified for circulation by the States Attorney. So obviously this is not a one way pity party.
6. The time for debate and bringing issues to the public for any politician should have been during the actual period of campaigning for the elected position, not after you used a contrived issue after the fact. Mr. Wild knew of his “reason” for termination prior to the election but didn’t fire Mr. Nord then as he knew it wasn’t on its’ own a defendable reason for termination…which is how we’ve gotten to where we are now.
If the voters of Walsh County continue to think that Mr. Wild is in fact the best possible Sheriff after his recent actions, which show his personal character vs. his professional abilities…something equally important for a person in the legal system who make decisions that possibly permanently effect you every day, then they will overwhelmingly elect him again and show those that sought the recall they were wrong and a minority.
Time will tell, but Mr. Wild will no doubt be putting a whole lot more effort into the coming recall election than he’s ever had to put into a previous election as the incumbent. Repairing the personal decision he made, not the professional one, will be a very difficult challenge in my humble opinion. If I was a professional election consultant I’d need way more than Mr. Wild has provided the public to date before I’d take his money to attempt to get him re-elected.
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You seem to have a serious issue with anyone who doesnâ€™t agree with you. Youâ€™ve also made A LOT of statements that I hadnâ€™t heard yet and I believe Iâ€™ve read every article and listened to almost every interview. So as not to discredit you unfairly, letâ€™s turn the tables and ask you to verify your information.
1. If you believe it is morally wrong to fire someone for lying, do you believe it is morally ok to lie?
2. You stated Sheriff Wild asked the Commissioners to stop the recall. This is the first Iâ€™ve heard that. What is your source? If youâ€™re familiar with his conversations with the Commissioners than you are very familiar with the SPECIFIC lies Sheriff Wild has cited as his reasons for termination which you have repeatedly stated he hasnâ€™t made public (which he has).
3. Per your original post â€œAs to checking with 2 agencies prior to firing (and that was way before morning after the election by the way, check with those â€œagenciesâ€â€¦. County Attorney and HR Dept. I believe Mr. Wild stated)â€¦ask them what their actual recommendations were as to whether or not he should terminate Mr. Nord.â€ If you are actually privy to such conversations, what were there recommendations?
4. Sheriff Wild claimed Nord lied on his campaign materials not about his job application. But you bring up a good point, maybe that should be verified as well.
5. Per another post â€œDo you honestly think that that threat was only made (and carried out) in this single instance?â€ Do you have proof otherwise?
6. I donâ€™t recall Sheriff Wild publicly stating he was retiring after his last term. Please state your source.
7. Just to be clear, the Secretary of State can NOT deny a request to petition for recall. Please donâ€™t try to imply that the Secretary of State agrees with you because thatâ€™s one statement Iâ€™m not falling for. And to your point, over 1400 voted for Ron Nord in the first election. The number of signatures obtained shouldnâ€™t be surprising unless heâ€™s lost supporters since the election ended.
Iâ€™ve been following this for quite some time but youâ€™re posts seem to bully anyone who questions Ron Nordâ€™s actions or supports Sheriff Wild. Iâ€™d like to think you post because you are educated on the issues using verifiable information and not gossip. Iâ€™ll be looking forward to your response.
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Sorry for not replying sooner…haven’t checked this link as the story has moved on to the certification of signatures, etc.
As to your points:
1. At no point did I state it was morally right to lie, I have stated that while Wild had the legal right to fire Nord the way that he did it and the absolutely ridiculous timing was hardly moral. If he truly believed that the military service issue he has fallen back on, only after the fact of all hell being raised, was a terminable offense he should have showed the suppossed outrage he now has and immediately sacked Nord. Do lies carry a certain weight that can lead to rightful termination? Absolutely. Are all lies of that weight, absolutely not as anyone who has ever held an adult job knows. So again, if these lies of Nord were justification for immediate termination of employement, then why the waiting period? As to whether Nord lied or not about his military service and the technicalities of what was a war/engagement/action/however it is defined by the military it is my understanding that the local veterans of Walsh County are unimpressed still by Mr. Wild’s verison of events and reasoning. I would make the natural assumption that if the very people who are supposed to be offended by the “lies” are in fact supporting Mr. Nord that something isn’t quite right with Mr. Wild’s arguements.
2. As to point two, Mr. Wild plead his case before a televised and radio recorded County Commisioners meeting last month. Wasted time for all as nobody in the room could stop the coming recall. That he thought it could be by that body was disturbing.
3. Can legally, don’t recommend it.
4. Absolutely, if he lied on an application for employement I’m sure it states right on the application (like every application I’ve ever filled out or had employees fill out) that it is grounds for possible/immediate termination.
5. I can simply ask you if you have proof that is not a threat Mr. Wild has ever used prior to other elections? Having grown up and lived in Walsh County, Mr. Wild’s reputation and ego is hardly an unknown issue. Do I believe he has let it be known to possible internal competition that it would be in their best interests to not run against him…. without reservation.
6. Mr. Wild has stated in public places all over Walsh County when off duty that he was done. Finding local residents of Walsh County whom have personally heard that phrase from him from the golf course to the supper club is a dime a dozen. And again, go check who picked up the required paperwork to run for Sheriff first….Wild or Nord.
7. As to the Sec. of State, you are correct. If I made it seem that was a supporting trunk to an issue I was in error. The point should be that there has been a deafening lack of support from the internal people and offices that Mr. Wild should have on his side if he was in the right regarding his actions. He has not had them publically, nor privately either.
As to being a bully, that is not my intent…but I will do just as you have done, ask for clarification or justification rather than just let something sit at face value and follow it blindly. I do believe that I was a little harsh on Linda’s original comment and apologize for that. Justin was correct in pointing that out and his re-phrasing of what I’m sure was Linda’s intended comment made much more sense. Commonsense rules locally, not Washington styled “I’m above the rest of you” actions and if you are going to stand by your man on this issue than you better back it up with on point and pertinent (sp?) arguements. My parents, and obviously yours as well, taught me to pay attention and stand up and question things, whether it’s the popular thing to do or not.
As to verification, yes, I have. You don’t know me and I don’t know you and this is a public forum, so I’ll leave it at that. Circumstantial and unsatisfying as it is, I’ll just point you to analyizing the fact that Mr. Wild goes into no details on timelines and sidesteps valid questioning with “it’s a public conspiracy against me” justification when doing so for a reason. The details aren’t flattering and he wants no part in public verification of them. As a reasoned adult you know by now that something is rotten in Denmark. Should he ever publically verify something different fell free to call me a liar.
This isn’t about the ability to fire, it’s the way it was done and justified….which 1,400 other people apparently also see as offensive enough to literally put their names on the line. And as there is no public record of how everyone voted, finding the required 1,200+ signatures so very quickly is hardly something to be ignored. It’s not like you could just march door to door for signatures from known Nord voters.
You should have also noticed I have at no point complained or stated that Nord should be sheriff. I, nor most of those looking for a recall vote, have never stated Mr. Wild didn’t win the election…it’s his immediate actions that we couldn’t stomach and his obviously insufficent justification, given that there is an impending recall election. It is one ego trip to many for many of us that have paid attention to both what Mr. Wild says and does. If I, or any other managers with at will employees, pulled this stunt I would expect my boss to have my rear end in the office for some serious discussions. In this case, Mr. Wild has an entire public that he must now answer to.
This site is just a handfull of people and as such any and all opinions could be shrugged off…but when a good chunk of the population tells you that you screwed up, perhaps you did. To continue to defiantly tell them to piss off because “I’m within my rights” begs for a reminder of who’s really in charge. There is not one single thing about the firing that was handled correctly, other than Mr. Wild trying to cover his rear as to the “legality” of firing Nord ahead of time. He should have listened to a few key people and this conversation would never have happened.
As I’m guessing that the recall election will get plenty of attention and press there should be a great turnout, and if the people of Walsh County take in all that has transpired and either don’t care or find Mr. Wild acted correctly he has a great chance of being re-elected as he had a 2-1 victory margin originally. I do not even know that Mr. Nord plans to run again, and only Mr. Wild’s name will be an automatic on the ballot. I will however bet money right now that no currently employed Walsh County deputy will make the mistake of running in the upcoming election, which is the truly sad part of this whole affair. And if Mr. Wild is re-elected it will be insult to injury to what is supposed to be an open democratic electoral process where the (don’t laugh here) best qualified candidates run against each other unencumbered (sp?) and unafraid.
That’s all I have tonight, but I’ll try and check back more quickly next time. Or see you on another thread as the articles come out going forward. I don’t mind a healthy debate and frankly am happy that somebody else is paying enough attention to ask some analytical questions instead of just blindly giving a testimonial that is in no way related to the current issue. Casey also made some good observations, but either he thought I was being sarcastic when I said I thought he posted a good question or two or he hasn’t been back yet either.
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