Should Sheriff Munks resign, answer questions, or do nothing?
Original post made by Richard Hine on May 1, 2007
Munks and Bolanos were briefly detained and questioned but were not among the six people -- five men and one woman -- arrested by police at the brothel.
Lt. Lisa Williams of the San Mateo County Shefiff's Office said some county vehicles were taken to Las Vegas for the relay.
Sheriff Munks issued a statement (see below), but refused to answer more questions. Click here for a recent story: Web Link
Should the sheriff resign, answer more questions, or do nothing? Comment below.
Following is the statement of Sheriff Greg Munks on April 24, 2007:
"I want to apologize to my family, the Sheriff's Office and its fine men and women, and to the people of San Mateo County for my lack of judgment and the undue attention and embarrassment this incident has caused.
"I believed I was going to a legitimate business. It was not.
"Both the Undersheriff, who was still outside when the authorities arrived, and I fully cooperated with the investigation. We were questioned and released.
"I would not, nor did I, break any laws. Neither did the Undersheriff.
"I hold myself to a high standard and am personally embarrassed by this mistake.
"While this is a personal embarrassment to me, it will not interfere with the important work of the Sheriff's Office on behalf of the people of San Mateo County. I ask for your cooperation in returning the focus of this office to addressing the important public safety challenges that face our community. Thank you."
on May 1, 2007 at 8:02 am
If Munks and Bolanos are innocent victims of circumstances as Munks claims they are, they should not resign but Munks should answer reporters' questions and get past it.
This is patently obvious but by not answering questions, he raises the level of suspicion and doubt.
Maybe he feels that his integrity dictates that he not stoop to such indignities as answering questions about a dumb mistake. If he is what he says he is, his integrity would shine through and erase doubts.
If he is refusing to answer questions simply because he doesn't want to be further embarrassed, that doesn't wash. There is a price to be paid for stupidity and naivete, particularly for an elected official, and particularly for a top law enforcement official who professes not to understand the inference of asking a cab driver to find him a massage parlor in a state (albeit not a county) where prostitution is legal.
on May 2, 2007 at 10:42 am
Sheriff Munks and Undersheriff Bolanos were staying at a hotel in Las Vegas...a hotel that has a legitimate "spa". This story of driving three miles off the strip, into a seedy area, to an unmarked residential home throws huge red flags! Anybody that beleives the ridiculous statement issued by Sheriff Munks might want to buy my bridge that is for sale! Any person, let alone experienced law enforcement professionals, would have realized where the limo driver was going and stopped him immediately if they were really looking for a legitimate business! Sheriff Munks and Undersheriff Bolanos have some serious questions to answer. Why were they "customers" at a brothel as stated by Las Vegas Metro Police? Who looks for a "massage" at 9:30 at night? The citizens of San Mateo County deserve better than this. Tell the truth gentlemen, you owe it to the public you serve.
on May 2, 2007 at 3:54 pm
Of course he should resign. But for that matter, he never should have been elected. And he might not have been elected if there was an actual election. But there wasn't -- he was the only one running. Perhaps the thought of the Lane family's deep pockets scared away any worthy candidates. One wonders what his father-in-law, Mr. Lane, thinks about this fiasco.
Greg Munks represents everything that is wrong with San Mateo County politics.
On a related note, the Almanac's editorial this week was laughable. This is the same paper that ran a huge fluff piece when Munks took office. Where were the tough questions then - and before? All of a sudden the Almanac sees what the sheriff is all about. Too bad the paper wasn't paying attention earlier...
It might also be noted that Munks and Bolanos were Palo Alto cops together way back when. They've known each other for quite some time, so who knows what other adventures this duo has had together.