Inyo County Grand Jury studies Sheriff’s department high turnover rate

News release

The Inyo County Grand Jury on Friday released an interim report focusing on
the high turnover at Inyo County Sheriff’s Department to other local law
enforcement agencies.

The report and any future responses will be available on the Inyo Superior
Court website or by request at both the Bishop and Independence
Courthouses.

To obtain a copy, please contact Alyse Caton in the Jury Services
Department at (760) 872-2859.

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Thomas
Thomas
3 years ago

I haven’t seen much discussion given to a subject which I know to be very important to young career-track law enforcement officers: internal upward mobility opportunities. After about three-and-a-half years on patrol, a P-III level officer starts to think about the next step, and in a big and growing department,… Read more »

Overtime Omission
Overtime Omission
3 years ago

I downloaded public salary records for Inyo County at transparentcalifornia.com. For the 30 ICSO Sergeants, Corporals, and Deputies, 2018 overtime pay averaged $13,528. If you take out the Sergeants, average overtime pay was $15,130, with a range from $6,751 to $31,610 for ICSO employees working the full year. I think… Read more »

Old Yeller
Old Yeller
3 years ago

I’m sure it has nothing to do with the elected sheriff. Or a undersherrif with LITTLE TO NO REAL time on the streets before being given his position. Let’s not forget the last couple embezzlement’s were ICSO working at the jail. Let’s not forget the situation & handling of a… Read more »

Shameless Sam
Shameless Sam
3 years ago

Thanks Mr. Shepherd. But, in my view, the fact that the Inyo County Grand Jury – and its legal advisors and judicial overseers – felt it OK to smugly summarize its report with a silly quote from a silly movie shows it has no respect for the public, the law,… Read more »

John Shepherd
John Shepherd
3 years ago

Liked the report, didn’t like it, thought the report could have been better? Now’s your chance; 18 or older, not been convicted of a felony, lived in Inyo County at least a year? Ask to be appointed to the next Grand Jury! If you were County Grand Juror you could… Read more »

David Dennison
David Dennison
3 years ago

Hurdy Gurdy….When I check the Inyo County Sheriffs citizen RIM page and most of those arrested…the crime they did to end up in jail and their charges,and with most,it seems their listed “occupation” is “unemployed”,I’m sure they come there with a bevy of expensive items the Sheriff’s personal pick-and-choose and… Read more »

Old Yeller
Old Yeller
3 years ago
Reply to  David Dennison

David, head under a Rock much?
2 icso have been CHARGED & CONVICTED of embezzlement while working at the jail. Yes RECENTLY.

Hurdy Gurdy Man
Hurdy Gurdy Man
3 years ago

I guess their low pay is why the Sheriff folks keep stealing from inmates at the jail.

Almost Native
Almost Native
3 years ago

Sounds to me like you guys are judging a book by its cover!

MTNBOY
MTNBOY
3 years ago

While pay may be an important component as to why deputies are leaving, a through investigation of this subject should include interviewing Deputies who have left the department, and asking them about the quality and professionalism of Sheriff’s Department Management, from the Sheriff down to the Sergeant level.

sugarmags
sugarmags
3 years ago

I have to agree with the comments noting this report as unprofessional at best. The quote on the cover page is completely unfathomable that someone would think that it was appropriate to include. Additionally, they appear to have not considered any other possible cause for high attrition. This report appears… Read more »

Union Stooge
Union Stooge
3 years ago

Here’s what: The absurd and juvenile quote from Smokey and the Bandit on the cover of the report – which clearly implies that deputies are leaving because they are not getting enough money. This, coupled with the foreperson’s statement that the report is being released to “assist” in on-going confidential… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
3 years ago
Reply to  Union Stooge

I would agree that the Smokey quote sounds inappropriate for an official GJ report. That aside, It is entirely possible the facts support the notion that personnel are leaving for “greener” pastures elsewhere. If so, the elected officials should have access to that info during the negotiation process. There’s nothing… Read more »

Overpaid and Underworked
Overpaid and Underworked
3 years ago

And I would agree that elected officials need to be informed as they conduct labor negotiations. But those negotiations are conducted in private. The public – WHO PAYS FOR ALL OF THIS – is kept in the dark. So I just think it inappropriate for the Grand Jury to take… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
3 years ago

The screen names you’ve chosen certainly support the likelihood that you’re far from neutral or objective on this subject. Unless you have read the entire report, you’ve made the assumption that info contained in it is unfairly slanted towards the employees. I’d prefer to read the report for myself before… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
3 years ago

Update: I just read the report online. As suspected, the report contains many facts and findings relating to the high turnover rate and the associated costs to county. Former and current employees were interviewed. I didn’t find the report slanted one way or the other. Basically it contains objective info… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
3 years ago

Obscenely wrong? Strong words. What leads you to conclude the report is advocating one way or the other? Such a report could contain objective facts and findings which will assist elected officials in their decision making process.

Grand Stooge Railroad
Grand Stooge Railroad
3 years ago

This is obscenely wrong. According to the letter to Judge Lamb from Grand Jury foreperson Shepherd, this interim report is being issued to assist with “on-going discussions concerning salaries in the Sheriff’s Department.” The Grand Jury has no business interjecting itself into “on-going salary discussions.” Those are confidential negotiations about… Read more »

Old Yeller
Old Yeller
3 years ago

HAY DERAILEDROAD, WTF ARE YOU SERIOUS !!!?? IDIOTA ( try blacks law for the definition) any public office , personal, and funding is All Available online and by request at the county clerk. I’ll help you out since you seem to believe its ALL PRIVATE https://www.inyocounty.us/SalarySchedule/Simple.php F.O.I.A NOTHING IS PRIVATE… Read more »

The Idiot
The Idiot
3 years ago
Reply to  Old Yeller

Labor negotiations between unions and their employers are confidential.

Confidential is another word for private.

Were it otherwise those negotiations would not occur.

But maybe you have a link to the negotiations between the Deputy’s union and the County?

If so, please share.

Old Yeller
Old Yeller
3 years ago
Reply to  The Idiot

Just so you understand… the LEO unions HAVE ZERO CAPABILITY TO NEGOTIATE ANY SALARY for any member.
They set working conditions, policies, safety , pobar, procedures. NOT PAY.

Old Yeller
Old Yeller
3 years ago
Reply to  Old Yeller

I’m sorry… you hate the truth ..

Meyers Milas Brown
Meyers Milas Brown
3 years ago
Reply to  Old Yeller

A union that can’t negotiate pay for its dues-paying members isn’t much of a union.