Director of HR/Risk Acting County Counsel
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Brittany Wise also owned stock in Air Rescue System.
10% to be exact
Which Kellerman & Brim paid her 20-K for...but only after she signed the false-affidavit, about sexual relations as, " not of the age of majority."
September 26, 2011
Danny Jordan County Administrator Jackson County
Re: Investigation - Sheriff Office use of FLiR and Brim Aviation Mr. Jordan:
HR and Risk Management
10 South Oakdale Ave. Medford, OR 97501 Phone: 541-774-6019 Fax 541-774-6455 firstname.lastname@example.org
In response to your request, County Counsel and I have conducted an investigation and contractual review of the Jackson County Sheriff Office utilization of the FUR (Forward Looking Infrared) system purchased by Jackson County approximately three years ago. Specifically, we were asked to looking into allegations that were made regarding the use of the FUR system and the contractual relationships that exist between Jackson County and Brim Aviation.
Our investigation and review highlighted the following information:
• Burl Brim owns 100% of the stock in Brim Aviation • County Commissioner John Rachor, currently owns approximately 48% of one piece of
equipment utilized by Brim Aviation. The terms of the agreement were for split profits generated by the use of this one piece of aviation equipment. If Mr. Rachor wants to be bought out of his share of the equipment, there is a 5-year payout agreement in place.
Purchased by Jackson County Sheriff Office approximately three years ago, along with several other pieces of hardware and protective equipment for approximately $800,000. The FLiR system is a piece of technology hardware that is owned by Jackson County Brim Aviation contracted and paid for three of their ships (helicopters) to be wired to accept the FLiR system (approximately $37,000 cost to Brim Aviation).
~~~:-~L1Rsystem is an ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) regulated L O I O g y that is managed by the Department of Defense (DOD). The DOD has
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instructed Brim Aviation to maintain the FUR technology away from the Chinese government employees. As such, the DOD has authorized the Shanghai Police Officers to ride in the rear of the aircraft when the FUR is in operation, but not sit up front or operate the FUR equipment.
- -/ ' The Sheriff would like for the FUR to be used more often and a rental rate contracted ~ ./ andpaidtoJacksonCoun~yinorde.rtopayforfuturemaintenanceandupgrad~stothe
system. They are requesting the ~Isk Department anq County CO:tJnsel determine an equitable rental rate and make p.rovisions .Within.. the..... agreement with forthe rental of the
FUR of use by other governmental agencies with payment back to Jackson County. The FUR system is used for marijuana eradicatioh missions in the following mann . It is attached to the aircraft to overfly Jhe tilrge:t area and: identify any possible suspects in the marijuana grow. After the poteDtial for suspects has been determined, the FUR is removed and secured before any short-hauling orhaNesting occurs.
>"--..J."""" FUR system was purchased for use in Search and Rescue operations, apprehension of suspects involved in criminal activity and emergency situations. Other emergencies in which the system would be useful is identifying people trapped in fires, storms, etc. Additionally, the system has the ability to stream live high resolution video from the FUR to a receiver on the ground (the ground based receiving technology is not currently owned by Jackson County). ~ The FUR system has only been used for Jackson CObjnty operations except for one occasion when it was used, with permission from Jackson County, for use by the United States Department of Fish and Wildlife to count deer. "':On this occasion, the Federal government was charged for this usage and the payme.nt received by Jackson County
~t' ~ h e daily rental of the FUR ($1 ,OOO/dayf
Brim Aviation - ShanghaFPolice Department"Relationship
Brim Aviation- has a separate contractual relationship for the training of Shanghai Police Offic~rs. Thistrail1-ingisapartandsep'aratefromtheworkcontractedfortheSheriff's / Office._ Jhere has been one'oGcasion when Brim Aviation was called out for a Jackson County Search and Rescue, using the FUR, and the trained Search and Rescue Police Officers, volunteered to sit in the rear of the aircraft and seNe as spotters for the lost individuals. In this case, this was only Jackson County contracted work, not training of
the Shanghai'Police Officers. The Police Officers were volunteering their time to help in the search and Were not.allowed any access to the FUR system. The Shanghai Police-Officers have never been involved in any criminal or marijuana eradication activities involving Jackson County or on any Jackson County paid operations.
Fire Fighting Usage of the FUR
• The Sheriff has been communicating with the local fire districts on the possible usage of the FUR system for fire emergencies. The principal reason for this discussion and the idea of utilizing the FUR system is for coordinated efforts in evacuation, rescue efforts,
officer safety and hot spot identification. Additionally, as the entire region examines technologies that are integrated for regional emergency coordination, the FUR (and other similar technologies) will prove to be a benefit to efficient emergency management.
Call Sign Usage
During a recent Coast Guard/National Guard exercise, Brim Aviation volunteered to participate and train in the multi-jurisdiction exercis'e, a(no cost to Jackson County; however, it was common for air traffic control to cal-! out Brim Aviation as "Alert 1", which is the call sign assigned to Brim Aviation during Jackson County Operations. Since many of these jurisdictions work together~the familiarity GUhe call sign was to be expected.
Short-Haul and other Aircraft Sources
The option of Jackson County having their own aircraft, maintenance, pilot and training quickly reveals that it would be cost prohibitive. The Coast Guard has the equipment, pilots"'and training to accomplish some of the tasks current provided by Brim Aviation; however, their priqrity is waterways and not inland. On numereus occasions, the Jackson County Sheriff Office has requested Coast Guard assistance for Search and Rescue operations only to be rejected immediately.
The Natl9nal Guard in Northern Oregon alsQ. has equipment and pilots, but in the event they are: avairableJor the.·particul~rroperation;- they are 4 to 6 hours before they leave their northern base-.of operations for Southern Oregon.~dditionally, the National Guard
has no hoists and ohly ,#ill perform medical evacuation~ Standards of Use
• The Sheriff Office ha's insisted that Brim Aviation maintain their standards to Part 135 - which are much higher than the required public use standards allowed by FAA.
RFP Contracting Process
• There have been allegations regarding the contractual manner in which Brim Aviation was engaged for their work for Jackson County. A review of the specialized nature of the services, along with the financial investment of the vendor to install the wiring to utilize the FUR system would lend to the conclusion that the next time this contract is"
released, it should be proposed as a sole-source contract with the appropriate documentation and justification for review by County Counsel and presented to the Jackson County Board of Commissioners under the Local Contracting Provisions.
Future Applications of the FUR and Other Technologies
While future applications were not within the initial scope of the investigation, there were several areas of future application that are worth noting:
The FLiR system and future technologies will be able to provide mobile mapping and emergency command observations to increase response times, emergency personnel and equipment safety and citizen evacuations. . ~ The FLiR system works best in the morning and at night when heat differentials are more pronounced. As such, night vision applications could l;>e added as a future technology to the aviation component to-better leverage the c:;apabilities of the FLiR system (i.e. Night Time Search and Rescue, Suspect searches,·etc.).
Using the FLiR system to download live, high-resolution video to land-based technology would provide increased ability for emergency' GOQ1Q1;;md observations to increase response times, emergency p~sonnel and equipment safety and citizen evacuations.
Of all the allegations brought forward, we did notfirid that ahymisuse or misapplication of Jackson County property·occurred. While the allegations of the FLiR's usage by the fire districts were fo.und not to be true; there is good cause to think that the system would benefit Jackson CQunty Sheriff Office operations, if the system was used in fire-related emergencies (officer safety, citizen evacyations, etc.). =-
The contract between Jackson County and Brim Aviation could be improved with an Addendum that addresses the usage of the County's FLiR system in order to potentially capture maintenanc~ and repairs dollars for other legitimate uses of this technology.
Anthony L. Keller Ryan Kirchoff Director of HR/Risk Acting County Counsel
Taped conversation Joseph Rice:
Tony Keller (who got his job from Danny Jordan as a favor to Sheriff Winters)
gave them the document, even tho he wasn't suppose to. He told them he didn't care
what they had to do, but make it right. Burl's handwriting. He and Winters sat in the back room and worked on it.
He sent me these rough drafts.
- -- Brim was more than compensated:
$ 225,000.00 FLIR system Paid to Brim
$ 18,700.00 Downlink sys w/ handheld recv'
$ 6, 394.00 Recorder, 10.4 " monitor
Flight time-Greenway a mere $ 870.00
$ 19,595.00 mounting bracket &hardware