Is Sheriff Tom Beilein's apppointment as Chairman of the State Commision on Correction now in jeopardy? This could be one of many casualties of Governor Spitzer's fall from grace.
Sources have told us that incoming Lt. Governor Paterson has put a hold on all and everything that Spitzer had in the pipeline, including appointments. As a matter of fact, while Beilein's new position requires Senate review and approval, the appointment had not yet been sent from Spitzer's office to the Senate.
Certainly this is unfortunate and has nothing at all to do with the Sheriff's record or qualifications.
And of course, one would expect that Beilein will still be the choice for the post, the question is just how long will it now take. I don't see how Beilein gets in before summer.
Plus, incoming Governor Paterson has not exactly had a warm and fuzzy relationship with the law enforcement community so who knows if he will appoint a Sheriff to post or if Beilein even wants to be part of that administration.
The bottom line is that Beilein, at least for now, is collateral damage of Client #9.