Remember this ad from the McLennan County Sheriff's primary back in the Spring of 2012?
That was the knock against Parnell McNamara: he was just some guy playing dress-up who wasn't really sheriff material. He just wanted to kick down doors, go get the bad guy and didn't understand what it really took to run a modern sheriff's office.
To be sure, McNamara ran as a guy who was going to get out into the field, not sit behind a desk and possibly kick down some doors. So at least in that regard it appears he followed through on that campaign promise.
Now here's your mugshot of the day:
And while we're talking about McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara and campaign promises, let's talk about the jail. I recently went on a ride along with the Waco PD. About six hours into a 10 hour shift, the officer I was riding with went to assist on a traffic accident and possible DWI. Because the suspect refused a field sobriety test, breathalyzer and blood draw, the officers had to get a warrant to draw blood to determine the driver's blood alcohol level.
Four hours later the suspect was finally in jail for the night after first going to jail, police filling out paperwork to get a warrant, calling it in to the justice of the peace, putting the suspect back in the police car, driving to the hospital to get blood drawn, and then driving back to the jail to be done with it all.
McNamara promised to have staff on hand at the jail who would be capable and allowed to draw blood right there on the spot once a warrant was issued. This hasn't happened yet.
Much of this time consuming process was a paperwork issue. But by my estimate, at least an hour and a half could have been saved if police didn't have to take the suspect to the hospital to have blood drawn. That's an hour and a half police are not on the street to respond to your call. That's a big deal.