San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales closed a spontaneous address to hundreds of county staffers Wednesday with an unexpected and somewhat shocking message to county public safety employees.
“Shoot first and ask questions later,” she said. “I’ll take care of the lawsuits.”
The comment came at the end of a county training seminar, in which County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer stressed the value of good customer service by county employees.
The seminar is part of the county’s Service First program, and all county staffers must attend.
After Uffer finished his presentation, Gonzales spoke for a few minutes and thanked attendees for coming.
She made the “shoot first” statement while urging sheriff’s deputies to be safe in the holiday season.
Her speech appeared to be off the cuff, and her final remarks drew applause and cheers from the audience at the California Theater in San Bernardino.