No-bid fail: Wayne County committee rejects Napoleon request - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

No-bid fail: Wayne County committee rejects Napoleon request

Posted: Updated:
Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon speaking at a campaign event as he runs for mayor of Detroit.  A county committee rejected his request for a no-bid contract on Wednesday. Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon speaking at a campaign event as he runs for mayor of Detroit. A county committee rejected his request for a no-bid contract on Wednesday.
DETROIT (WJBK) -

This story used to be solely about Bob Ficano, his Cadillac and his pit crew of wheelmen paid for out of the county's Homeland Security budget.  This time it's about Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon and his turn at the trough.

Napoleon tried to push through a no-bid contract Wednesday by the Wayne County public safety committee to have a friend of his, retired Corporal Raymond Batts, drive him around town and do other cop-type stuff.

"He is what's considered a scout car partner.  He and the sheriff are out performing law enforcement services for the county," said Paul Bridges, the sheriff's press secretary.  "He is a seasoned law enforcement professional.  He has effectuated law enforcement activities during the course of their day.  He has made arrests."

But can Wayne County really afford another boutique bloodhound for tens of thousands of dollars a year?

Now all the while the sheriff is operating a budget that is both bleeding and bloated.  He has got a $30 million deficit, but still is carrying 41 appointees and a fleet of five dozen take home vehicles where the taxpayer gets to pay for the gas.

The committee said no way to the contract.

"Is the sheriff running a patronage pit here?" I asked Bridges.

"Absolutely not.  Not at all," she responded.

"We have a problem and not everyone is getting it.  If the top is getting it, then they need to send the message down to the bottom and say this is a new day, and we need to do the right thing," said Wayne County Commissioner Lona Varga.

That is good advice.  The sheriff better start getting it because this is just the tip of the iceberg, and as we all know, icebergs have a way of sinking things like mayoral candidacies.

  • Charlie LeDuffCharlie LeDuffMore>>

  • The Americans with Charlie LeDuff: A righteous voice from the Ferguson chaos

    The Americans with Charlie LeDuff: A righteous voice from the Ferguson chaos

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:21 PM EDT2014-08-21 01:21:50 GMT
    Charlie heads to the frontlines of Ferguson and finds a voice of reason and bravery against impossible odds.
    Charlie heads to the frontlines of Ferguson and finds a voice of reason and bravery against impossible odds.
  • Court: Ex-judge Wade McCree immune from civil suit

    Court: Ex-judge Wade McCree immune from civil suit

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-07-22 18:04:29 GMT
    The infamous selfie taken by Judge Wade mcCree. The infamous selfie taken by Judge Wade mcCree.
    A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court's ruling that a disgraced Detroit judge cannot be sued by a defendant in a child support case he presided over.
    A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court's ruling that a disgraced Detroit judge cannot be sued by a defendant in a child support case he presided over.
  • LeDuff: Where is the respect for the real hosts of the Super Bowl?

    LeDuff: Where is the respect for the real hosts of the Super Bowl?

    Super Bowl XLVIII is in New York.  Well, not exactly.  The Super Bowl's host city is actually East Rutherford, N.J.  Sometimes it's hard to get respect in America if you're not from places like NYC or LA.
    Super Bowl XLVIII is in New York.  Well, not exactly.  The Super Bowl's host city is actually East Rutherford, N.J.  Sometimes it's hard to get respect in America if you're not from places like Los Angeles., Washington, D.C. or New York.  If you live in New Jersey, you're in the shadow of the Big Apple.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • WATCH LIVE: VP Joe Biden speaking in Detroit on Labor Day

    WATCH LIVE: VP Joe Biden speaking in Detroit on Labor Day

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:06 AM EDT2014-09-01 13:06:45 GMT
    Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to be in Detroit on Labor Day for the second time in three years.
    Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to be in Detroit on Labor Day for the second time in three years.
  • RECALL: Kraft American Singles Cheese Slices

    RECALL: Kraft American Singles Cheese Slices

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:05 AM EDT2014-09-01 12:05:15 GMT
    Kraft voluntarily recalled 7,691 cases of its American Singles cheese product Friday because an ingredient was stored improperly by a supplier.
    Kraft voluntarily recalled 7,691 cases of its American Singles cheese product Friday because an ingredient was stored improperly by a supplier.
  • Minimum wage hike launches this Labor Day

    Minimum wage hike launches this Labor Day

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-09-01 11:30:54 GMT
    Minimum wage workers across metro Detroit and the rest of the state are getting a small raise this Labor Day.
    Minimum wage workers across metro Detroit and the rest of the state are getting a small raise this Labor Day.
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices