Saturday, November 14, 2015

Sheriff SHOAR Running, Record Belatedly Reports

DAVID BERNERD SHOAR, formerly known as "HOAR" until he changed his name/The New York Times

And this just in: The St. Augustine Record reports Sheriff DAVID SHOAR is running for his fourth term. It's Saturday, November 14, 2015. SHOAR said it in his website "chat" on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, as reported on this blog. Time lapse reporting: it took The St. Augustine Record eleven (11) days to share a datum that this blog reported, which the well-informed readers of this blog knew in real time, on Wednesday, November 4, 2014, ten (10) days ago.

St. Augustine, Florida did not get its first printing press until 1777, a mere 222 years after it was founded. St. Augustine news is rarely covered in depth, the $5 million Goss printing press having been sold, removed, shipped elsewhere -- done "gone with the wind" -- and the paper now being printed in Jacksonville. Here's The St. Augustine Record story by Jenna Carpenter, who freely admitted last year that she knows little about government and politics:

Shoar says he will seek fourth term as St. Johns County sheriff
Posted: November 13, 2015 - 11:39pm | Updated: November 14, 2015 - 12:28am

St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar will be running for re-election in 2016.

There has been speculation in the community about this being Shoar’s final term because, according to records on the St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections website, he has not yet filed to run.

However, Shoar answered one of the questions in his recent Topic Talk Tuesday online chats about whether he would run again, and he indicated that he would.

“I have about four or five projects that will help set the agency up for the future, and I’d like to see them come to fruition,” Shoar said Thursday in an interview with The Record.

As of Thursday afternoon, the only candidate who filed to run for sheriff is Debra Maynard, a former Sheriff’s Office employee. However, it is still almost a year away from Election Day, which is Nov. 8.

Shoar was unopposed in the last two elections. He first gained the office in 2004 after defeating Glenn Lightsey in the primary and write-in candidate Ronald Stafford in the general election. Shoar raised more than $253,000 in campaign contributions and collected more than 71 percent of the vote in the Republican primary.

There was no Democratic opponent in the general election, and Shoar took more than 96 percent of the votes after going up against a write-in candidate.

During his current term, Shoar has faced some intense criticism in the wake of the death of Michelle O’Connell, the girlfriend of deputy Jeremy Banks.

Some members of O’Connell’s family blame Banks for her death, although two recent investigations by state attorney’s offices outside the 7th Judicial District have not found sufficient evidence to bring any charges against Banks, who is still employed by the Sheriff’s Office.

Some media outlets, including The New York Times and several television networks, have covered to the story. Shoar has admitted to making mistakes in the initial investigation before turning it over to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. But he has continued to defend Banks, pointing to the independent investigations as justification of that support.

It’s unclear whether the publicity from that story has diminished Shoar’s stature in the community.

A 34-year veteran in law enforcement, Shoar started his career as an officer for the St. Augustine Police Department when he was 20 years old. Now 54, another four-year run would give him almost 40 years in law enforcement.

“It’s been a long ride, but a wonderful experience,” he said. “We’ll see if the citizens will let me stick around.”

Some of the projects Shoar would like to see completed include constructing a new training center, converting the agency to a new computer system and completing an analysis on personnel, workforce and patrol zones.

The agency analysis, which will look at re-configuring the four patrol zones, is one way the Sheriff’s Office is adapting to a growing county, he said. Currently, the county is broken down into four zones: the northeast, the northwest, the southeast and the southwest.

“We’re going to take a look at the zones and see how many (deputies) we need and where we need them,” he said.

In looking to the future, Shoar said he is pleased with the men and women who will be potential leaders of the agency.

“Sometimes, organizations have a lot of talent, but at the top or in the middle,” he said. “But we have some high-quality people in the lower-ranking positions (as well), and that’s important for the future of our department.”

Morris1 11/14/15 - 02:37 am 00"Re-configuring current patrol zones"
Mr Shoar may be entirely correct in needing to do this, I don't know one way or the other, but I can't help recall the debate when they proposed eliminating our St Aug Beach Police Department.

The most salient point raised (in my opinion) was when a SAB resident noted that if we handed over our police service requirements to the county, it was only a matter of time before staffing resources were 're-configured' away from the relatively low crime beach area to higher crime areas elsewhere in St Johns County at some point in the future, thus leaving us under-patrolled and with our pants down when the odd crime did occur.

I can't help but wonder how the St Augustine Beach patrol zone might have been 're-configured' had we not fought like heck to keep the SABPD going.

pattyoconnell 11/14/15 - 09:25 am 14Truth
I gave information before Michelle O'Connell was murdered, i gave a statement after Michelle was murdered to Lt Bradley , its very clear Sheriff Shoar is criminally guilty of a young mothers death investigation purposely being coveredup, state prosecutors are guilty because they owe Shoar favors, ..FDLE, NY TIMES PBS, DATELINE, CLU WRIGHT, DR PHIL, FBI


Sheriff DAVID SHOAR, the anti-hero of September 2, 2010 (where was he the night Michelle O'Connell was shot to death in the home of Deputy JEREMY BANKS, which SHOAR claims to have been a "suicide?") is running while hiding from voters, running away from his execrable record.
Everyone knows about him, thanks to The New York Times, PBS Frontline, et al.
Without devious DAVID SHOAR running the remnants of the LAWRENCE O. DAVIS/NEAL PERRY political machine, what criminaloid personality will take his place to chill, coerce and intimidate protected activity?
No one.
SHOAR could not find a shill, in a county redolent with the eau d' shills.
Prediction: We get to elect an honest Sheriff next year --- I support Debra Maynard. It's time for a change.
See now-Mayor Nancy Shaver's December 2013 letter:     The world is watching us. See, e.g.:
The New York Times, "Two Gunshots on a Summer Night" by Walt Bogdanich & Glenn Silber (November 24, 2013):
PBS/Frontline,   "A Death in St. Augustine (November 26, 2013):   NBC News Dateline  , "Two Shots Fired" (April 18, 2014):  
Folio Weekly: Jeff Billman, "Somebody's lying -- An activist accuses the St. Augustine Record of bowing 
to pressure from Jeremy Banks' attorney. The paper accuses her of spreading misinformation" (September 17, 2014),,10912  
Dr. Phil, "The Mystery of Michelle O'Connell" (November 3, 2014):  
Folio Weekly, "Murder, He Wrote," by Susan Cooper Eastman (November 19, 2014),  
Folio Weekly, "The Proxy War," by Derek Kinner (March 4, 2015):  
New York Times, "Agent Cleared Over 2010 Florida Shooting Inquiry, but Lawyer Lashes Out," by Walt Bogdanich (August 27, 2015)


Photo credit: The New York Times  

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