Attorney for Former Sheriff Jeff Hollowell Issues Statement Regarding Court Ruling

Jeff Hollowell

Sacramento, California; On March 8, 2022, Inyo County Superior Court ruled to dismiss the County of Inyo and County employee, Sue Dishion, in connection with claims regarding the invasion of the privacy rights of former Sheriff, Jeffrey Hollowell, when his confidential County personnel and military records were released by Dishion to her nephew without Hollowell’s authorization. Hollowell filed a lawsuit against the County, Dishion and two other defendants for Privacy Violations and Defamation. 

The decision of the Court reads like it was results driven and designed to remove them as defendants, instead of a fair and persuasive effort to evaluate the evidence. Remarkably, the disclosure of Hollowell’s personnel records and confidential military records were released by the County without his express authority and in violation of the law protecting against peace officer record disclosures. Even more remarkable is that the County admitted the documents were released knowing they were going to be used for nefarious reasons. 

The Court dismissed the County despite its own counsel admitting orally and in writing that the release of these records was an invasion of Hollowell’s privacy and illegal. The County sought, but failed, to retrieve the records illegally released and published. For some unknown reason the Court did not consider this evidence and sustained its preliminary ruling. 

Hollowell’s Attorney, Anthony Perez, indicated, “The Courts’ ruling resulted in relieving the County and its employee from responsibility for the violation of privacy but also held the private citizens who are also defendants in this case are on the hook for their violation of privacy laws. The disclosures have nothing to do with free speech and we believe the Court’s decision will be reversed on appeal.” 

Perez also stated, “There has always been a concern about peace officer confidential personnel records being made public due to the nature of their work and the potential for retaliation by criminals arrested and jailed or grudge retaliation. These concerns resulted in the unauthorized disclosure of peace officer records made illegal in California and subjecting individuals who unlawfully disclose such records to potential misdemeanor violations.” 

Finally, it has been incorrectly reported that former Sherriff Hollowell resigned his position. Sheriff Hollowell retired from his position with the county and continues to express appreciation and pleasure in having served the citizens of Inyo County for over 30 years. 

 

 

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Seriously?
Seriously?
5 months ago

Four years ago we had a chance to get rid of the corruption of Hollowell. Sadly, we didn’t. Now the taxpayers are paying heavily for this frivolous lawsuit. Everyone in the current sheriff administration supports Hollowell. Can the voters please see this will not change if Pritchard remains sheriff? He… Read more »

cinnamon
cinnamon
5 months ago

Mr. Hollowell is most definitely not a victim here. What he is doing is looking for easy money to sustain his lifestyle. He’s claiming stress stemming from his election that he caused because he couldn’t be the bigger person, which goes against all things in law enforcement, I’m appalled that… Read more »

Sami
Sami
5 months ago

Our Sheriffs office deputies often do good work around here. Been much less impressed with our Sheriffs themselves these past years. Maybe Johnston can do a better job.

cinnamon
cinnamon
5 months ago
Reply to  Sami

Hi Sami I agree with you regarding the sheriff’s deputies doing good work, but I don’t think Mr. Johnston is our answer here. I’ve researched Ms. Rennie and im quite impressed with her resume. I think she is what we need to make the necessary changes in our current law… Read more »

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Ret. Lt.
Ret. Lt.
5 months ago
Reply to  Sami

Johnston and Rennie aggressively supported Hollowell and that doesn’t appear to have changed. Pritchard was obviously handpicked as said above. Outside looking in, Vetter appears to be the only one who isn’t good ole boy and will hold this administration accountable and bring back integrity to this department. The list… Read more »

cinnamon
cinnamon
5 months ago
Reply to  Ret. Lt.

So Ret. Lt I’m assuming you know all the candidates personally. Tell me why you think Mr Vetter is a stronger candidate? He’s worked patrol his entire career. He hasn’t worked in management, knows nothing about budgets or policies. His whole platform has been shirt tailing Prichard and Rennie. So… Read more »

Ret. Lt.
Ret. Lt.
5 months ago
Reply to  cinnamon

Cinnamon, in relation to this article, it appears we agree Hollowell is not a victim and reaps what he sows. He has a six figure retirement and is just a narcissist and is angry he got exposed. As far as current candidates, if you are thinking in only assumptions with… Read more »

edward
edward
5 months ago
Reply to  Ret. Lt.

I hardly think Vetter is the answer. Look into why he left Inyo, you might be surprised. His integrity and morals are not all that he claims they are. Research and make an informed decision. Don’t pick a candidate to vote for based solely on what they tell you. Look… Read more »

David Dennison
David Dennison
5 months ago
Reply to  edward

edward You state “Don’t pick a candidate to vote for based solely on what they tell you “. On a bigger,National scale,it seems people should have or will have learned that from our 2016 Presidential election not to do that ever again. If there’s one thing people should’ve learned from… Read more »

Kay Kramer
Kay Kramer
5 months ago
Reply to  Ret. Lt.

I found the interview of Vetter in the 4/15/22 edition of The Sheet incredibly interesting; particularly the part about pursuing the “unfamiliar” man on his neighbor’s property. He sounds very proud of pursuing and tackling a “known burglar” who was trespassing.

Alice
Alice
5 months ago

Are his records that shameful? Just asking, ‘cause they’re not all that public. I haven’t seen them…. And how does “appreciation and pleasure” of serving the citizens equate with suing the citizens….?

Mountain Dog
Mountain Dog
5 months ago
Reply to  Alice
who care
who care
5 months ago

Attorney for Former Sheriff Jeff Hollowell Issues Statement Regarding Court Ruling, Sierra Wave Media Publishes It Without Comment

14th Amendment
14th Amendment
5 months ago

Turn about is fair play copper.

Valid claims against peace officers are routinely dismissed due to qualified immunity, etc.

Go spend your pension and leave us alone.

Thanks.

Dean
Dean
5 months ago

I would have liked to have seen people held accountable, not something we usually see in this county.

John
John
5 months ago
Reply to  Dean

They have been held accountable. I mean, Sue got a $30K/year raise and a promotion to a position that wasn’t recruited for. That’s Inyo County accountability right there! Screw up and move up.