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Michael Kenedy Letter to SROA

Michael Kenedy Letter to SROA

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Published by William N. Grigg
This is the letter from former Sunriver Police Chief Michael A. Kennedy in which he describes, in detail, the criminal conspiracy against businessman/political dissident Robert Foster.
This is the letter from former Sunriver Police Chief Michael A. Kennedy in which he describes, in detail, the criminal conspiracy against businessman/political dissident Robert Foster.

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March8,2012DeschutesCountyCommissionerAlanUngerDeschutesCountyCommissionerTammyBaneyDeschutesCountyCornrnlsslonerTonyDeBone1300NWWallStreet,Suite200Bend,Oregon97701DearCommissioners:Iamcompelledtobringthisgrievancebeforeyouforyourconsideration.AsCountyCommissionersandtheGoverningBodyoftheSunriverServiceDistrict,youareuniquelypositionedtotaketheappropriateactioninthismatter.MynameisMichaelKennedy,anduntilrecently
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wastheSunriverChiefofPolice.IntheyearspriortomydischargeIhavereceivedimpeccableperformanceevaluationsandin22yearsofemploymentwiththeSunriverPoliceDepartment,Ihaveneverbeendisciplined.Ihavebeenpromotedfourtimes,workingmywayfromPatrolOfficertoChiefofPolice.IhaveenjoyedtheprivilegeofbeingtheSunriverChiefofPoliceforovertwelveyears.Duringthattime,IhaveledthedepartmentthroughcountlessobstaclesandchallengesIncludingtheformationoftheSunriverServiceDistrict,obtainingStateAccreditationandthroughaverycontroversialroadissue.InadditionduringmytenureasChief,wehavestartedseveralCommunityoutreachprogramsincludingtheSunriverCitizensAcademy,PublicSafetyDay,aswellasparticipatinginoutsideeventssuchasKidsDay,ShopwithaCop,andWinterWonderlandExpress,justtonameafew.ThecurrentmanagementstructureoftheSunriverServiceDistrictputsentirelytoomuchcontrolinthehandsofasmallsegmentofthecommunity.Theendresultisthataprivatehomeownersassociationhaseffectivecontrolovertheoperationsandfundsofapublictaxingdistrict.ThecurrentmanagementagreementgivestheSunriverO;wnersAssociation(SROA)theauthoritytoselectallofthefivemembersofServiceDistrictManaging
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WhileSROAiscertainlyapartofSunriver,theSunriverServiceDistrictservesmanymoreconstituentsthanjusttheSunriverHomeowners.TostartwiththereistheSunriverResort,whichisahugepropertyownerandamajoruserofservices.ThereareseveraldozenbusinessesandbusinessownerswhoarenotrepresentedbytheSunriverOwnersAssociation.ThereareresidentsofSunriverwhoarerenting,andcanvoteinanygovernmentelection,buthave.nosayorrepresentationinSROAbusiness.AndfinallythereisthelargestsegmentofourconstituentswhoaretotallydisenfranchisedbySROA,andthosearethetensofthousandsofvisitorstoSunrivereachyear.SunriverismuchmorethanjusttheSunriverOwnersAssociation.Withthatsaid,howdidtheSROAgainsomuchcontrolovertheSunriverServiceDistrict?In1969,thefirstSunriverPoliceOfficerwashiredbythedeveloperandwascommissionedbytheSheriff.Thefirstofficer,GeneGoff,reportedlyworkedthatpositionfortwoyearsbeforebeinghiredfulltimeattheSheriff'sDepartment.ThisarrangementoftheSheriffcommissioningSunriverPoliceOfficerscontinuedforover30yearsbeforethenSheriff,lesStiles,announcedthathewouldnolongercontinuethatpractice.SheriffStilesmadeitclearthathewasconcernedabouttheliabilityofcommissioningofficersthathehadlittleornocontrolover.HealsoexpressedconcernsabouttheauthoritygrantedbyhimbeingusedtoenforceOwnersAssociationrules,etc.InitiallytheSROAbalkedattheideaoftheSheriffpullingourcommissions,indicatingthathewouldneverfollowthroughwithitbecauseitwouldbe"PoliticalSuicide"forhim.InapoorlywordedSROAadvisoryvoteinJuneof2001,theSunriverHomeownersvotedtomaintainthecurrentarrangementratherthanpetitiontoformaCountyServiceDistrict.Ittooknearlysixmonths.forSheriffStilestoconvinceSROAthatthestatusquowasnotanoption.
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InMayof2001,Sunriverresidents,(includingthenowdisenfranchisedrenters)votedtoformtheSunriverServiceDistrict,whichcametofruitioninJulyofthatsameyear.SROAsubsequentlyenteredintoaManagementAgreementwiththeDeschutesCountyCommission,whichgavethemsubstantialcontrolovertheoperationoftheServiceDistrict.Havingsatthroughthoseinitialnegotiations,IamwellawarethatSROAgotmany,butnotalloftheconcessionstheywanted.Inthebeginning,SROAwantedtheirfullboardtobeappointedastheDistrictManagingBoard.RecognizingthattheDistrictwouldbecontractingwiththeSROAforsupportservices,theCountyCommissionersdeclinedtoallowthat.Asamatteroffacttheyplacedaprovisionintheagreementthatonlytwooffivecouldsitonbothboardsatthesametime.TheyfurtherprovidedthatallcontractsbetweenSROAandtheServiceDistrictshouldundergoathirdpartyreview.Itwasn'tverylongaftertheformationoftheDistrictthatitbecameapparenttherewereconflictsofinterestbetweentheSROAandthenewlyformeddistrict.ContractsdidnotinitiallyundergoathirdpartyreviewasrequiredbytheagreementandappearedtobesubstantiallyweightedtoSROA'sbestinterest.WhiletheServiceDistrictwaspayingpremiumpricesforservicesrenderedbySROAforAccounting,AdministrationService,Fleetmaintenanceaswellasrent,theonecontractwheretheServiceDistrictprovidedservicesonlyallowedforatokenamount.TheRulesEnforcementAgreement

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