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The Documents After Burl & Winters Pencil Whipped

 

 

September 26, 2011
Danny Jordan
County Administrator
Jackson County
RE; Investigation 0 Sheriff Office use of FLIR and Brim Aviation
Mr. Jordan,
In response to your request, County Counsel and I have conducted a investigation an
contractual review of the Jackson County Sheriff Office utilization of the FLIR (Forward
Looking Infrared) system purchased by Jackson County approximately three years ago.
Specifically, we were asked to look into allegations that were made regarding the use of
the FLIR system and the contractual relationship that exist between Jackson County
and Brim Aviation.
Our investigation highlighted the following information:
Jackson County Contract with Brim Aviation
Jackson County contracts aviation services from Brim Aviation as a public safety
measure.
Mr. Burl Brim, Jr. owns 100% of the stock of Brim Aviation.
County Commissioner John Rachor entered into a business arrangement with
Brim Aviation in June of 2008, investing approximately 48% ownership in one piece of
equipment utilized by Brim Aviation. Terms of the agreement is profit sharing based
on ownership % of the piece of equipment. If Commissioner Rachor wants to be
bought out of his ownership stake in the equipment, their is a five year payout
agreement in place. Commissioner Rachor has previously disclosed this business
arrangement.
FLIR System
Purchased by Jackson County Sheriff Office approximately three years ago,
along with several other pieces of hardware and protective equipment for
approximately $800,000.00.
The FLIR is a piece of advanced thermal imaging technology that is owned by
Jackson County.
Brim Aviation paid for three of their aircraft (helicopters) to be wired to accept the
FLIR system. This expense was not born by Jackson County, but by Brim Aviation at
an approximate cost to them of $37,000.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

The FLIR system was procured for use in Search and Rescue operations,
apprehension of suspect involved in criminal activity and other emergency situations
that develop. Other emergencies in which the system would be useful is identifying
persons trapped in fires, storms, etc. Additionally, the system has the ability to stream
live, high resolution, video to a receiver on the ground to establish real time situational
awareness for support activities. (Jackson County does not currently own the ground
based receiving technology).
The FLIR system has only been used for Jackson County operations except for
one occasion when it was used, with permission from Jackson County, by the United
States Department of Fish and Wildlife (USDFW) for an animal survey. On this
occasion, Jackson County charged USDFW a FLIR rental fee of $1,000.00 per day.
This offered an additional revenue source to Jackson County to help offset FLIR
system maintenance expenses.
Sheriff Winters is requesting County Counsel research and determine an
equatable rental rate for the FLIR and make provisions within the agreement for the
rental of the unit for use by other government agencies with payment made to Jackson
County.
The FLIR system is used for marijuana eradication missions in the following
manner; It is attached to the aircraft to overfly the target area and identify possible
suspects in the marijuana grow. After the potential for suspects has been determined,
the FLIR is removed and secured prior to any tactical operations taking place with the
aircraft.
Chinese Training
Brim Aviation aircraft are used in training chinese student police crews in
advanced helicopter rescue skills for humanitarian purposes. This training is
independent of Jackson County’s contract with Brim Aviation and has been reviewed
and monitored by Federal government enforcement agencies and found to be in full
compliance with the laws of the United States.
Chinese student police crews have never been involved in any marijuana or
criminal operation administered by the Jackson County Sheriff, nor have they ever
participated in a Jackson County funded operation.
The FLIR has never been used in the training of the chinese student police
crews.
Fire Fighting Usage of the FLIR
The sheriff has been communicating with the local fore district on the possiable
usage of the FLIR system for fire emergencies. The principal reason for this
discussion and the idea of utilizing the FLIR system is for the 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 FLIR )and other similar technologies) will prove to be a benefit to
efficient emergency management.
ALERT Identi!cation
ALERT (Airborne Law Enforcement Response Team) is the Jackson County
identification assigned to contracted Brim Aviation aircraft during operational periods for
the county. ALERT aircraft support Jackson County SAR, law enforcement operations,
CORSAR (California-Oregon Regional Search & Rescue), conduct joint training with
other agencies such as the USCG (United States Coast Guard) and the ORARNG
(Oregon Army National Guard).
Short-Haul and other Aircraft Sources
Short Haul is a method of rapidly and safely inserting or extracting personnel
during SAR or Law Enforcement operations. Short Haul has been employed by
Federal and State agencies for the past forty years. This is operation is allowed to be
conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration under public law. Brim Aviation has
independently developed equipment and safety training that is national and
internationally accepted as an aviation industry standard. The citizens of Jackson
County have greatly benefited from this services as it has saved many lives over the
course of our contractual relationship with Brim Aviation.
The USCG has the equipment, pilots and training to accomplish some of the
tasks currently provided by Brim Aviation. However, their priority is Homeland Security
missions on our nations coastline and in-land waterways, not to support local counties.
On numerous occasions the Jackson County Sheriff office has made requests to the
USCG for assistance with SAR operations only to have the request rejected
immediately.
The ORARNG in Northern Oregon also has equipment and pilots, but in the
event they are available for the requested operation, maintain an average response
time of 4 to 6 hours before they depart their operations base for Southern Oregon.
The option of Jackson County providing their own aircraft, maintenance, pilot and
training quickly reveals that it would be cost prohibitive. Contracting Brim Aviation
provides the aviation resource and capabilities to the county without the full-time price
tag.
Standards of Use
Per the Jackson County contract with Brim Aviation, they are mandated to
maintain their operations standard to 14 CFR Part 135 which exceeds public use
standards allowed by the FAA

 

 

 

RFP Contracting Process
There have been allegations regarding the contractual manner in which Brim
Aviation was engaged to provide services to Jackson County. A review of the
specialized nature of the services, along with the financial investment of the vendor
(FLIR system wiring installation), 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 FLIR 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 evacuation.
The FLIR system works best in the morning and at night when heat differentials
are more pronounced. As such, night vision applications could be added as a future
technology to the aviation component to better leverage the capabilities of the FLIR
system (i.e. nighttime SAR and suspect search, etc.)
Using the FLIR system to download live, high-resolution video to land-based
technology would provide increased ability for emergency command observations to
increase response times, emergency personnel and equipment safety and citizen
evacuation.
Conclusion
Of all the allegations brought forward, we did not find any misuse or
misapplication of Jackson County property occurred. While the allegations of the FLIR
usage by the fire districts were found not to be true, there is good cause to think that
the FLIR system would benefit Jackson County Sheriff Office operations if the system
was used in fire-related emergencies (officer safety, citizen evacuation, etc.).
The contract between Jackson County and Brim Aviation could be improved was
an Addendum that addresses the usage of the Count’s FLIR system in order to
potentially capture maintenance and repair dollars for other legitimate uses of this
technology.
Sincerely,

 

Anthony L.   Keller                                   Ryan Kirchoff

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." 

 

 

 

 

The Pencil Whipping by Winters & Burl Brim

 

JACKSON COUNTY
oregon
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
Tony Keller
Director
10 South Oakdale Ave. Medford, OR 97501 Phone: 541-774-6019 Fax 541-774-6455 kelleral@jacksoncounty.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:
Brim Aviation

 

Commissioner Rachor enter into this business arrangement
2.5 years prior to being elected and has previously disclose

•    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.
FUR System

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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.
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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,

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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,
Jackson
County
Sheriff Office - Brim Aviation
Investigation
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This offered an additional revenue source to Jackson
County to offset system maintenance expenses.
Sheriff Winters is 
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Brim Aviation does not maintain any contractual relationships with China. However,
Brim Aviation aircraft are used in training foreign nationals in advanced helicopter
rescue skills for humanitarian purposes. This training has been reviewed by Federal
enforcement agencies and found to be in full compliance with the laws of the United
States.
Foreign Nationals Training
Brim Aviation has never used the FLIR in the training of foreign nationals. The FLIR is
an ITAR restricted item which requires restricted access by foreign nationals. The

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 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
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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
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•    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"

 

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 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:
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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.
Conclusion
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.
Sincerely,
Anthony L. Keller    Ryan Kirchoff Director of HR/Risk    Acting County Counsel

 

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 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