Jewell Williams was anointed Sheriff almost two years ago by the Democratic (the term is used ironically) powers-that-be when it became clear that former Sheriff John Green would have to leave as bits and pieces of his massively corrupt operation came to light. “It’s kind of a done deal,” Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell said, a year and a half before the actual election. Sure enough, Williams won, with no one really having any idea what kind of sheriff he would be since we were spared the rigors of a competitive race.
Now we’re starting to get an idea. Check out this Daily News story about Williams complaining because he has one city SUV at his disposal, but wants taxpayers to buy him a different SUV. The reasons he gives are laughable: He’s too short to fit in his Ford Escape, and he needs a more secure vehicle so it’s safe for him to transport prisoners (the sheriff doesn’t actually transfer prisoners in his personal vehicle).
Williams also wants the city to pay $3,000 to put his name on the doors of his department’s entire fleet.
To their credit, the Nutter administration has given his odd demands the cold shoulder.
Does this remind anybody of PA Health Secretary Ed Avila ordering taxpayer-funded badges and windbreakers for his workers in a stunning display of self-importance?
The only time I’ve seen Williams in person was last spring when he told a room full of black politicians and prison reentry activists in North Philly that they had to stick together against white politicians, because “We’re all just a bunch of [African Americans] to them.”
With the news of Williams’ vanity coming to light, PhillyXP is reminded of the Geto Boys lyrics: “Real gansta-ass [African Americans] don’t flex nuts, because real gansta-ass [African Americans] know they got em.”