Former Mono Sheriff comments on memo

monocountyjailSparked by the public release of information on the Deputy Jon Madrid arbitration, a number of former deputies and others have talked about a memo that was issued by former Sheriff Rick Scholl. Officers have described the memo as “discouraging enforcement efforts.” Many of them felt that they were not supposed to be proactive. Some said they were told not to write tickets. Former Sheriff Scholl said he believes some officers misunderstood his directive and philosophies.

Former Mono County Sheriff’s Sergeant Craig Nelson said that the memo itself “was not particularly damaging. It was how it was implemented,” he said. He said it came across as ordering no more traffic stops. Nelson said he was ordered to do no bar checks at Tom’s Place and Rhino’s. He said administration did discourage the writing of tickets. Other sources said there was no clear directive on what officers were supposed to do. They said there was discouragement to engage in proactive enforcement from the top but opposite instructions from direct supervisors.

When asked about this, current Sheriff Ralph Obenberger said, “We are not aware of any memo that was directing employees to ‘not write tickets.'” Former Sergeant Nelson said Lieutenant Dave O’Hara made one officer sit in a chair for writing tickets. Sheriff Obenberger said he had never seen anyone “placed into a fixed post for writing too many tickets in my tenure with the agency, nor would I condone it,” he said.

Retired Sheriff Scholl did respond to our email and said he wanted to send us a copy of his directive distributed to the troops, but de said he no longer has that document. Scholl said he sent it to news media. We could not find such a document in our email files. Scholl indicated he was not discouraging deputies to enforce the law.

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In the know too...
In the know too...
8 years ago

I have read the memo, it was handed to me from the deputy in question… We were beside ourselves and yes MLPD did get a good laugh… Who orders a sworn peace officer to go against his/her oath taken when joining the family of law enforcement? What about extreme favoritism?… Read more »

Craig Nelson
Craig Nelson
8 years ago

To: “in the know”, As for the “Road Dog Award”. Myself and another deputy thought up the idea and I presented the original one. As far as I know only two were ever given out. It was paid for out of our pockets as were ALL the awards I handed… Read more »

Craig Nelson
Craig Nelson
8 years ago
Reply to  Craig Nelson

Ooops, meant to reply to “in the know too”.
Sorry about that.

Craig

In the know too
In the know too
8 years ago
Reply to  Craig Nelson

To: Sgt Craig Nelson It is Well understood what the Road Dog means, that is why it was mentioned that it was presented by his peers, not the administration…. That being said, thank you for clarifying for all. Craig, you are an inspiration and will be missed by some and… Read more »

In The Know
In The Know
8 years ago

I can tell you EVERY deputy who was working at the time, has seen this memo. Most of the officers at at MLPD have seen it as well, because it was passed around the station and everyone got a good laugh out of it. It is in the computer system… Read more »

Ironic
Ironic
8 years ago

@ Big Rick

Amen to that! I believe in truth, justice, and karma! It all comes eventually!

Big Rick OBrien
Big Rick OBrien
8 years ago

I like that term, TEMPORARY ! if there’s any justice in the world…

Divided we fall
Divided we fall
8 years ago

All is impermanent.
But those on the far-right refuse to budge – on anything.
Hence a totally divided country when we should be coming together more than ever.

SierraFan
SierraFan
8 years ago

DIvided,

When did this become politically divided? Off your rocker!!!!!

Nothing to do with politics?
Nothing to do with politics?
8 years ago
Reply to  SierraFan

Sierra –

You’re just kidding, right?
Today’s political division has nothing to do with it?
You may be further gone than you even realize.
ps – where did you get the name-calling (“off your rocker” – CNN or Fox News?)

SierraFan
SierraFan
8 years ago

What does the alleged actions of the Sd have to do with left or right? It has to do with right and wrong! It has to do with being treated fairly at work which I don’t remember to be a political side.

A simple yes or no will do
A simple yes or no will do
8 years ago

Answer me this Sierra, (and be completely honest)
Do you believe Right is right?

Can't offer Extremists much
Can't offer Extremists much
8 years ago
Reply to  SierraFan

SierraFan is a prime example of the style of communication from those that embrace the Rush Limbaugh/ Extremist political persuasion. Insults. Name-calling. Utter childishness. As some age, some clearly drift backwards and start to resemble the traits of a 10-year old rather than take the inward journey to see what… Read more »

SierraFan
SierraFan
8 years ago

Can’t offer Extremists much, I think you’re drinking your own Koolaid! The judging you speak of seems to be exactly what you’re doing here. Going right for the bashing of a certain political party. Let’s keep on point here and back those that were wrongly treated which doesn’t have a… Read more »

Sounds like a duck...
Sounds like a duck...
8 years ago

I often wonder if the angry SierraFan is one of those Teapartiers.

Big AL
Big AL
8 years ago

I get what you’re saying DR. But this line blows it for your points.

“SierraFan is a prime example of the style of communication from those that embrace the Rush Limbaugh/ Extremist political persuasion.”

Under-medicated
Under-medicated
8 years ago
Reply to  SierraFan

“Off your rocker!!!”
Whoa!

Methinks somebody forgot to take his Xanax.
Chill (if you can) SierraFan.
It’s later than you think.

and speaking of "judgement"
and speaking of "judgement"
8 years ago

Care to define the word “liberal” for us SierraFan?

Big AL
Big AL
8 years ago

I agree we should find some common ground.

Ironic
Ironic
8 years ago

Funny the ex sheriff admits there is a memo and promises to send it, but the temporary sheriff doesn’t know anything about it! Guess those two aren’t communicating very well! Lol I feel the ex sheriff getting thrown under the bus soon! Just a prediction… based on how these men… Read more »

Hypocrisy
Hypocrisy
8 years ago

Former Sheriff Scholl said he sent the memo to you and you have no record of it? (This is an admission that there was such a memo) Current Sheriff Obenberger denies any such memo? (as the undersheriff at the time, you think he would know about this memo) Now this… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago
Reply to  Hypocrisy

I think you missed the point being made. One sheriff says there is a memo he wrote but does not have in his possession about officer conduct and the other sheriff says this particular memo does not tell deputies not to write tickets. He didn’t say the memo does not… Read more »