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Santa Clara County supervisors approve vote of no confidence against Sheriff Laurie Smith

Original post made on Sep 1, 2021

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved on Tuesday a vote of no confidence against Sheriff Laurie Smith, an unprecedented act that serves as sharp condemnation of her leadership.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, August 31, 2021, 4:41 PM

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Posted by William Hitchens
a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 1, 2021 at 11:01 am

William Hitchens is a registered user.

This is a perfect example of why sheriffs should be appointed and not elected.

Posted by Consider Your Options.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 1, 2021 at 11:21 am

Consider Your Options. is a registered user.

Proud to say I did not vote for her.

Posted by Speak Easy
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 1, 2021 at 11:38 am

Speak Easy is a registered user.

Will a vote of no confidence initiate a measure to remove the sheriff or is their disapproval just lip service?

Posted by Banes
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Sep 1, 2021 at 12:06 pm

Banes is a registered user.

A gun permit bribery routine to pay to get her re-elected….
Ha Ha ha,
That’s only tip of the iceberg!
Ask the city employees what they have to do to comply with authorities, supervisors, etc,
There should be open discussion on public officials - and there should be a forum for anonymous open discussions & disclosures
- Not unlike Yelp but employees have no recourse if they want to keep their job.
-Supervisors have no recourse if they want to keep their job.
- Whistle blowers are typically at the losing end of the stick, because Everybody else wants to keep their job.
— open & anonymous disclosures should be common place.
This is an intelligent community, whiners and nose pickers will certainly be obvious and if not / it just raises questions maybe somebody should be looking at.

Posted by William Hitchens
a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 1, 2021 at 12:07 pm

William Hitchens is a registered user.

Since she is an elected official, a vote of no confidence would not be legally binding in this case and would not allow the Board of Supervisors to remove her.

Laurie has been in trouble before before, and still be re-elected. An article posted in about 2016 by stated about possible removal due to a suspicious death in her jail "As an elected official she can only be removed from office by a recall election or at the end of her current term." This is why I hate elected law officials. They can "get away with murder" and still be re-elected.

Posted by On The Other Hand...
a resident of Stanford
on Sep 1, 2021 at 2:26 pm

On The Other Hand... is a registered user.

The sheriff is firmly the kind you see in the Deep South.

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