Mono deputy alleges mistreatment

monosheriffA Mono County Sheriff’s Deputy has filed a claim for damages against Mono County.  His claim alleges that individuals within the Sheriff’s Department engaged in “illegal and otherwise wrongful conduct.”

The claim alleges that the Sheriff’s Department violated Deputy Jon Madrid’s civil rights under the Fair Employment and Housing Act including discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful demotion.  The claim also alleges violation of the Police Officers Procedural Bill of Rights by “failing to provide documents on which adverse employment actions were based.”

The claim lists Sheriff Rick Scholl as an employee who caused Madrid’s damage along with other sworn and non-sworn personnel.  The claim says the amount in damages exceeds $10,000 but the total amount due to Deputy Madrid is unknown at this time.

When contacted about this claim, Mono County Counsel Marshall Rudolph confirmed the filing of the claim and that Deputy Madrid is still employed by Mono County and about to go into a disciplinary appeals process.  Asked to discuss the details, Rudolph said he could not comment since the issue is still going through the appeals process.

Rudolph did say that the County has 45 days in which to consider the claim.  No action, he said, would mean it was rejected.

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Trouble
Trouble
10 years ago

Benett- i’d like to hear your opinions someday on the effects of blogging have had with your news reporting responsibilities someday. I know I enjoy blogging, but I can see there must be some difficult issues that can arise.

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
10 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

News reporting is one thing. Blogging another and Bureaucrat Beat yet another. It’s okay. I had a good mentor who taught me the deep difference between telling the whole truth in a news story, opinion, going too far with opinion and yet the importance of the First Amendment. Yeah, sometimes… Read more »

Tre truth always comes out!
Tre truth always comes out!
10 years ago

Bennett why is my comment still waiting moderation and it was never posted? I posted it at 6:56 PM. last night?

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
10 years ago

Because I’m actually checking out facts now on all the allegations. Stay tuned.
Benett

Nothing to do in Bridgeport
Nothing to do in Bridgeport
10 years ago

It’s just a matter of time before the powers that be decide to move the county seat. The old “But, Bridgeport has ALWAYS been the county seat!” holds no water in today’s bankrukpted economy.” It’s all about money” is the way today’s conservative movement would put it. It’s become too… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
10 years ago

Sounds like your refering to Mammoth Lakes as the “population hub”…and Bridgeport as the “ghost-town County seat”…..Stay tuned…looks like Mammoth might be the ghost town soon…

Systems
Systems
10 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

In any capitalist system, the hub of the economy and its driving force will never morph into a “ghost town” (as Bridgeport is headed) Wayne. This despite of some of its angst-filled right-wing Tea Partiers harboring a hatred for all things governmental.

Lone Ranger
Lone Ranger
10 years ago

Law enforcement are supposed to “Serve and Protect”. Being drunk in public and acting inappropriate is unbecoming officer and unacceptable. Is it possible that Madrid is being forced out because he doesn’t fit the mold? Why would an attorney take a case without merit? Federal Court is not going to… Read more »

Heather
Heather
10 years ago

Cat, I’m confused. What does dis-serving citizens have to do with whether or not his rights were violated? Is he not a citizen of the U.S. and entitled to the rights and protections that anyone else would have in the workplace? These men are being accused of violating laws that… Read more »

cat
cat
10 years ago
Reply to  Heather

I am saying the MCSD police the citizens of this county the way they want too. They should be held to State and Federal law and I suspect they look after their own. I wish a deputy had enough balls to stand up to the admin and expose the realities… Read more »

cat
cat
10 years ago

Madrid will bitch about what his superiors have done! He will whistle blow about how he is getting screwed over. Do us a favor a shed some light on how these administrators are dis-serving the citizens. How the people are suffering because of the their conduct. Of course he won’t.

Real Deal
Real Deal
10 years ago

Fish Dude: You mean like a Lieutenant with MCSD who was drunk at a MCSD party in the Bridgeport park and pulled a gun on the clerk in the Bridgeport store when the clerk refused to sell him more booze? He went back to the park and other deputies took… Read more »

fish dude
fish dude
10 years ago
Reply to  Real Deal

Thanks real deal! Yes..stories such as that. They get buried. Have already asked Benett to see what she can dig up about all this. There are many stories like that out there but somehow they all get hidden. Even the Grand Jury has a hard time with that because the… Read more »

Big Rick O'Brien
Big Rick O'Brien
10 years ago
Reply to  fish dude

WOW ! If this is true , then it should be on surveillance tape. I’d send a copy to the A.G., FBI, & every news outlet that would even watch it. Then again, it may just be an ugly rumor.

Rob
Rob
10 years ago

I’d say there’s some truth to the story when you can’t get anyone to step forward and deny it.

there’s also some truth to the story when you can’t get anyone to even talk about it.

suspicious to say the least

Wikipedia
Wikipedia
10 years ago
Reply to  Rob

A straw man is a type of argument and is an informal fallacy based on misrepresentation of an opponent’s position. To “attack a straw man” is to create the illusion of having refuted a proposition by replacing it with a superficially similar yet unequivalent proposition (the “straw man”), and refuting… Read more »

Real Deal
Real Deal
10 years ago

It ain’t no rumor. There are witnesses in Bridgeport. They are afraid of the Sheriff.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
10 years ago
Reply to  Real Deal

Real Deal….maybe that’s a good thing,to a point….kinda like how it was in the old west days…I think the people that live in Bridgeport kinda like it that way too….Not that Chief Watson is doing a bad job in Mammoth,but I know Bridgeport locals don’t want their town turning into… Read more »

Big Rick O'Brien
Big Rick O'Brien
10 years ago
Reply to  Real Deal

Where do you go, who do you talk to, when there’s obvious criminal activity in the upper administration of a local Sheriff’s Dept. ? This sounds like an 80’s TV movie.

Big Rick O'Brien
Big Rick O'Brien
10 years ago
Reply to  Real Deal

AND…according to their website, the Mono County Sheriff’s Department only has ONE Lieutenant, so we all know who we’re talking about, right?

fish dude
fish dude
10 years ago

The MCSD needs to be investigated not only about their treatment of employees but also about the internal investigations currently going on within the department.. How come we never here about it? Cover up ?? They also carry a heavy hand towards the folks who live in Mono County and… Read more »

Wondering....
Wondering....
10 years ago

Bridgeport Witness The BOS should investigate what the MCSD administration is having Deputy Madrid do on a daily basis. I have personally seen it and it is shameful. I feel sorry for him, but at least he is not giving into their persecution. I know plenty of deputies that have… Read more »

Big Rick O'Brien
Big Rick O'Brien
10 years ago
Reply to  Wondering....

I’ve always wondered WHY the turnover rate was so high for such a small, rural Sheriff’s Office. You’d think that they’d be more like a happy little family. Trouble in paradise,for sure.

Scholls Henchmen
Scholls Henchmen
10 years ago

I think this administration has a bad case of megalomania and the whole county will suffer for it. Not sure who is worse Obenberger or Webber. They have been allowed to run amuck way too long. It is about time they have to answer for their heinous inequities and mistreatment… Read more »

The Firm
The Firm
10 years ago

Oh hell Madrid….should just resign and move on! That is what many have done! How do you spell Obenberger? Wait a minute…..is this the same person who is sitting on the panel for Mr. Luman’s and the same person who Ms. Sherman contacted at Mono SO? What else aren’t we… Read more »

Disgusted this is still going on
Disgusted this is still going on
10 years ago

I would just like to say that I am so happy that Mr Madrid has enough backbone to stand up to an administration that has been operating on fear and intimidation for years. The administration of the sheriff’s department has been harassing and ostracizing anyone that would not go along… Read more »

Wondering....
Wondering....
10 years ago

I have a question Ms. Bennett. Why don’t you ask Sheriff Scholl how many deputies have fled the department since his re-election. Ask him how many MCSO have had to resign in lieu of termination. See how their strong arm tactics have affected many employees in the department! Sworn and… Read more »

Kenney August
Kenney August
10 years ago

A word of advise Mr. John Madrid, just kiss the bootsraps of one of the good-ol-boys, preferably Mike Booher’s…

Not Surprised
Not Surprised
10 years ago

Not surprising in the least. I fear the county will eat this one and be up the same creek as Mammoth without a paddle…… Let the fun begin!