(The Sideshow) Every civil servant wants to experience his or her legacy firsthand–but not the way that onetime Arapahoe Sheriff Patrick J. Sullivan Jr. has. Sullivan, a nationally renowned law enforcement leader, was arrested on drug charges and is now being detained in the Denver area jail that bears his name. Sullivan, who in 2001 was named the National Sheriff Association’s “Sheriff of the Year,” was arrested on suspicion of trafficking methamphetamines. Local news station CBS4 began an investigation of Sullivan last month on a tip that he had agreed to meet a male informant, providing drugs in exchange for sex. He was subsequently arrested by the South Metro Drug Task Force and is currently being held on a $250,000 bond. And in an incredible twist of fate, Sullivan now cooling his heels at The Patrick J. Sullivan Jr. Detention Facility, named in his honor. “The allegations of criminal behavior involving Pat Sullivan are extraordinarily disturbing,” said Grayson Robinson, Arapahoe County’s current sheriff. “While the arrest of the former sheriff is very troubling, no one, and particularly a former peace officer, is above the law. This is the most shocking thing I’ve ever been involved with.” Sullivan, 68, has been retired for nine years, but had been serving as director of safety and security for Cherry Creek Schools. “This is a very sad time for the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office and our community,” Robinson said. The CBS4 report also found that for several years Sullivan has posted bond for multiple suspects held in drug cases at jail facilities across the state. As recently as 2008, Sullivan was an active participant in state and local methamphetamine task forces, helping Colorado draft a plan to deal with the surge in meth-related crime. In 1995 President Bill Clinton named Sullivan to the National Commission on Crime Prevention and Control. According to a 1995 White House news release, Sullivan was a consultant to U.S. House Subcommittee on Crime and served on two advisory councils affiliated with the Department of Justice.
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Thoughts on the issue of naming institutions and amenities, also roads. The best police/armour-artillery-airforce-navy-personnel(but not infantry as infantry is outdated) of the decade or several decades will get jails/military-bases and larger facilities named after them (or have their names on waiting lists when the same are needed to be named but not yet built)instead of politicians at worst (worst choice), or inappropriately family members of monarchs or monarchs themselves. Same with hospitals etc., where largest number of patients treated over a career/combined with the fewest records of medical failures-deaths or qualifiable complaints. Diplomatic staff etc.. also inappropriate as the royal institution becomes open to loss of prestige due to diplomatic failures if any occur. This way names of all utility or national facilities will have deeper meaning, will embody and remind of a history of excellence. Educational institution names, could be given to best researchers in that discipline or longest working academics if no researchers are available to fette. Naming of transport facilities like airports, bus terminals, could even be associated with a list of votables (pilots, drivers also included) at a quorum of 66.6%. This way not just the top ranked personnel will receive representation. A folk hero culture if anything and more power to the people. Exceptional aviators, aircraft technology researchers, even a decades long pilot or bus driver who survived several crashes through sheer skill would be a better choice . . . etc.. What business has a politician who knows nothing about airports or bus terminals, who even has no love of the industry have such a facility named after them? As for naming of roads the most exceptional citizens of the month, year or decade, could be recorded and placed on lists INSTEAD of politicians **NOT AGAIN**.
This way power to the people will mean something WITH 66.6% quorums (barring above mentioned inappropriate groups) required for fetting of any other unrelated persons for naming of anything else not related to that person’s chosen field.