KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Mich. — The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Deputies' Association (KCSDA) voted in having "no confidence" in Sheriff Richard Fuller last week.
KCSDA President Alan Miller said just over 90% of the membership backed the "no confidence".
Miller said this comes after many problems they've had with the sheriff over the last 11 years.
In a letter sent to Kalamazoo County citizens, the sheriff and the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners, KCSDA said they've been disheartened by actions and inactions of the sheriff.
KDSCA said the morale has changed since Sheriff Fuller took office, and he has destroyed the positive culture making it hostile and negative.
In the letter, the association also lists the causes of the vote of "no confidence" including:
- staffing in jails reaching critical levels
- ignorance of employee issues brought to him
- inaccurate statements about mismanagement of funds
- eliminating deputy position's to use funding for other things even though the department is short staffed
- lack of action surrounding settling a new contract
This isn’t anything that came lightly to any of the board members. This isn’t something that we want to do. This isn’t something that we definitely don’t want to do in public. You know, making aware of all of the ongoing problems that just continue," said the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Deputies' Association Alan Miller.
Miller also wanted to make clear that he was speaking on behalf of the association and not as an employee of the sheriff's office.
Read Sheriff Fuller's comment to the vote of "no confidence" here.