WHATCOM COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
TO:Whatcom CountyExecutive Jack Louws, Whatcom CountyProsecutor DaveMcEachran, Whatcom County Human ResourcesCC:Whatcom County Sheriff Bill ElfoFROM:Paul Murphy, 4A147, Deputy Sheriff DATE:May 28, 2012SUBJECT:Improper Governmental Action and Workplace Retaliation
Since that time, in addition to being the subject employee of threefull-blownand lengthyClass 1Internal Investigations,
I’ve been subjected to
workplace hostility, arbitrary and capriciousdisciplinary practices,extensive double-standards,retaliation and discrimination.
I’ve been investigated extensively and disciplined for actions that were
purposefullymisconstrued to suit a particular outcome. Thethreeinvestigations were very one-sided andclearly ignorant of the facts ofeach instanceof allegations, in many cases completely ignoringexculpatory information.In additionto being extremely wasteful of limited county resourceswith hundredsof hours,if not thousands,ofhigh paid staff time in conducting retaliatory investigationsagainst myself, aswell asothers, my wifeLoriand I have been forced to endure significant stresses and strains,
some of which have exacerbated Lori’s Multiple Sclerosis condition
on many occasions.
I’ve been deprived of an investigator’s pos
ition that I was good at, personally slandered, personally insulted,undermined, marginalized,wrongfully targeted for retaliation,forced toendureinstances of racist comments and deprived of a hostility-freeand impartialworkplace for what can only beconstrued aseffortson my partto uphold my oath in tryingto do the rightthings,for the right reasons.I am currently on paid administrative suspension, first on February 10
, 2012, then again sinceMarch 2
, 2012, where I was relieved of all duties. I am likely facing termination from a job that
I’m good at and a job that I have accumulated a number of noteworthy accomplishments in,
doing my small part in benefitting the citizens of Whatcom County and making WhatcomCounty a safer and more secure place to live.I have significant documentation andinformationto prove what occurred and the actions I took in efforts to correctinstances of identifiedmalfeasance,occurringprimarilyunder directsupervision and directioninstructionby WCSO staffandSheriff Bill Elfo.For these reasons, andmore, Ialso
recently supported Sheriff Elfo’s opponent
,Steve Harris,in the 2011 WhatcomCounty Sheriff election.