***I have received a reply from the Routt County Sheriff's Office. UPDATE #4 below contains this reply.***
Freedom of speech is a fantastic thing. Proper usage of free speech can be beneficial. Improper usage can be dangerous, hurtful, or possibly even deadly...(possibly) depending on your political affiliation...and (possibly) depending on whom you may have to rely on for emergency care.
The $110,000/year (including benefits) 911 Communications Director for Routt County in Colorado, Tim McMenamin, has a problem. See for yourself in the pictures below how he conducts himself in his public posts on facebook. If I were someone who identifies as a "Republican" or, as Mr. McMenamin puts it, as a "teabagger", who lives in Routt County, Colorado, I wouldn't feel very safe having this guy or someone like him in charge of dispatching emergency responders to my house.
Below you will find screen shots of and links to a few of Routt County, CO 911 Communications Director Tim McMenamin's public posts on facebook. All of the posts below are public posts. Everyone in the world can view them on Facebook. I've just put them all in one convenient place where they can all be viewed at once.
Tim McMenamin has his job listed on his facebook account. Mr. McMenamin is a public County employee in Colorado. I will demonstrate for you below that Mr. McMenamin exhibits questionable behavior (putting it mildly) for any County employee. Some taxpayers in Routt County, Colorado may react negatively to paying the $110K salary (including benefits) of someone who behaves as poorly as Mr. McMenamin. SEE BELOW.
Tim McMenamin's facebook account where he publicly states his occupation:
Website for Routt County Colorado Communications (Tim McMenamin is listed as the Director):
This is the comment that first introduced me to Mr. McMenamin. I'm a member and an administrator of the Sarah Palin's Earthquake Movement Facebook page.
That comment from Mr. McMenamin wasn't that bad. I've seen (and personally received) much, much worse.
Things only go downhill from here...
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It's established that Mr. McMenamin doesn't like Sarah Palin. That's fine. He doesn't have to like her. (Link to comment):
Next, we have a "two-fer"...two comments from Mr. McMenamin directed to Ken Buck who is a Republican running for the U.S. Senate in Colorado. (Link to comment #1) (Link to comment #2) (Link to Ken Buck's Facebook page) (Link to Ken Buck's website)
When lower case letters just won't do...immediately re-post your own comment in ALL CAPS.
Another "two-fer"...although, according to the date and time stamp on these next two posts, I'd speculate that Mr. McMenamin is probably at work at this time of day. Perhaps he was on his morning break when he made the following comments? Either way, it's a pathetic way for a public employee to behave. (Link to comment) (Link to Your Nation Facebook page)
Again, I don't think many taxpayers would approve of a county employee spending their time at work in this manner. (Link to comment)
The next 4 pictures show that Mr. McMenamin is back to trolling during evening hours. Note the dates and times of the following pictures. You'll probably also notice the same thing that I did: Mr. McMenamin's vocabulary isn't very extensive. He keeps using the same word over and over and over...
(Link to comment #1) (Comment #2) (Comment #3) (Comment #4) (Link to American Overlook Facebook page)
Here's Mr. McMenamin displaying more of his "tolerant" liberal love for others (note the time stamp on these posts - more comments made during work hours). (Link to comment #1) (Comment #2) (Comment #3) (Link to Right Wing News Facebook page)
The following comment from Mr. McMenamin is my favorite. He trolls around on Facebook posting comments on a variety of conservative Facebook pages and now he's asking Facebook WHY they are showing him ads for conservatives? Not very bright, this one. (Link to comment)
Some more tolerance...posted during work hours again. (Link to comment) (Link to Tea Party Leadership Fund Facebook page) I'm guessing that while an overpaid county employee is in the throws of a foaming-at-the-mouth tantrum, taxpayers would be asking too much to expect proper spelling of even the most simple of words.
Good grief. The page on which Mr. McMenamin posted this brilliant comment hasn't even made any posts of their own. (Link to comment) (Link to Citizens For Protecting Rights Facebook page)
It's ironic that Mr. McMenamin calls others "hate spewing". (Link to comment)
Not only does Mr. McMenamin use his personal Facebook account to show his hatred for others, he also uses it to recruit applicants for future Routt County Communications job openings. The email address at the end of each job posting would be his county-provided email address. Who wouldn't want to have him as their boss? (Link #1) (Link #2) (Link #3) (Link #4) (Link #5) (Link #6) (Link #7) (Link #8) (Link #9) (Link #10)
If everything above hasn't disgusted you, this will. See Mr. McMenamin's salary ($88K) and benefits total ($110K) below. From the Routt County budget found HERE (pg 147 in the pdf file)
If something has recently gone wrong in Mr. McMenamin's life (addiction/mental health issue/loss of a loved one, etc.) that is causing him to act out in the manner depicted above, then I, as a TEA Partier...not as "a teabagger", Mr. McMenamin...wish him a speedy recovery. If he's not experiencing any serious problems in life, then I hope he loses his cushy County job because of his behavior depicted above. Everyone, including Mr. McMenamin, is certainly entitled to exercise their First Amendment rights. Sometimes there are consequences to doing so.
*****UPDATE #1 - December 14, 2013 10:10AM CST*****
Mr. Tim McMenamin has removed his profile picture and his place of employment (among other information) from his Facebook account. As you can see, he has yet to de-activate his Facebook account. He's just hiding some of his personal information from being displayed on his Facebook account. As you can see in the pictures of his account (at the top of this post), he listed his employer as "911 Director at Routt County 9-1-1". He "studied at George Washington University". He "lives in Hayden, Colorado". And, he's "from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania". Good thing I took screen shots, eh? Can't remove or change those, Mr. McMenamin. Sorry.
Now all that Mr. McMenamin has listed on his Facebook account is that he "Went to Neshaminy High School". Wait...let me refresh the page...we'll see if that's still there...hang on. . . . . .Yep. It's still there. As are all the links to all the hate he's been spreading (as you can see in the pic below). This whole "public" Facebook commenting thing is HARD. (And HE called Sarah Palin a "nitwit". LMAO!!!)
What made Mr. McMenamin remove his profile picture and personal information from his Facebook account? In other words, how did Mr. McMenamin become aware of my blog post? I posted it in several "strategic locations", including underneath his original post on our Sarah Palin's Earthquake Movement Facebook page. Here's a pic of that post (prior to Mr. McMenamin removing his profile pic):
*****UPDATE #2 - December 14, 2013 11:15AM CST*****
Because Mr. McMenamin is removing many of his Facebook comments that are depicted above, I'm now able to see other comments he posted that I previously missed.
The bigoted Tim McMenamin has now removed his "bigoted teabaggers" comment from "Stop Amnesty's" timeline. I wonder what it feels like to an adult male to have to run all over a website and remove comments you made? I never say anything I don't believe, therefore, I stand by EVERYTHING I've said in the past. I may wish I'd said a couple things differently, but I'll never abandon the intent of a comment/video/post I've made. I wonder WHAT is rushing through the mind of Mr. McMenamin? He's certainly scurrying about trying to "fix" what he's done (to no avail). I have screen shots of much of what he's already posted on Facebook. They'll exist in perpetuity.
"YOUR PEOPLE"??? Seriously, Tim? YOUR PEOPLE? Please, oh please, Mr. Tim McMenamin, WHO EXACTLY ARE Senator Ted Cruz's people? Oh my...this isn't getting any better for you Mr. McMenamin. (Comment link)
*****UPDATE #3 - December 14, 2013 11:58AM CST*****
Since Mr. McMenamin removed his comment from our Sarah Palin's Earthquake Facebook page, I had to find another way to contact him (I'll keep his government email address, and that of his superiors, as a last resort).
*****UPDATE #4 - December 16, 2013 6:30PM CST*****
Early this morning I forwarded this blog post to 11 different people within Routt County government whose email addresses are obtainable on the Routt County government website. At around 11AM this morning, I received an email reply from Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins. I'm sharing Sheriff Wiggins' reply to me after obtaining his permission to do so:
"Thank you so much for this information. You can rest assured that I have forwarded this information along with my comments to Mr. McMenamin’s supervisors who happens to be the Board of County Commissioners and County Manager Tom Sullivan. This is very disturbing and we will get to the bottom of this.
"The Routt County Communication Department is not affiliated with or supervised by the Routt County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO). The RCSO has policy and procedure that addresses this kind of ill behavior and is not tolerated."
I should also state that County Manager Tom Sullivan is one of the 11 people within Routt County government whom I emailed this morning. I wanted to note that Sheriff Wiggins is the only one from whom I have received a response.
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