When Inyo and Mono voters head to the polls Tuesday, they will elect County Supervisors and in Mono – also, a Sheriff and an Assessor. For the Town of Mammoth Lakes – three new Town Council representatives.
The Mono Sheriff’s race sees appointed Sheriff Ralph Obenberger up against former LAPD Lieutenant Ingrid Braun, who is currently a Reserve Officer for Mammoth Police. She has stated publicly that her opponent has failed to connect with the community and has failed to uphold Constitutional rights of suspects. She would establish a Citizens Advisory Committee. Obenberger has said his department is close to the communities and the people. He has not publicly commented on the testimony and judge’s remarks on his behavior in the Deputy Jon Madrid termination case. An arbitrator and judge found that the Sheriff’s administration, including Obenberger, harassed Madrid and fired him for no good reason.
Mono Assessor Bob Musil faces a challenge from Barry Beck, who has worked in the Assessor’s Office for 11 years. Beck has stated publicly that he wants to create a smaller, more efficient department and “quit spending thousands on outside experts.” Assessor Musil was appointed last September. He says he has brought stability to an office that has had six department heads in nine years. Musil has worked as Assistant Assessor since 2006.
In Mono Supervisor District 5, three candidates are trying for Supervisor Byng Hunt’s seat. Hunt will wrap up his years of service on the Board. Up for this seat are Greg Eckert of Mammoth, who said he would give Mono County a larger role in marketing and tourism. District 5 Candidate Kirk Stapp said he would try to change the “attitude gap between North and South County. He said, “We can’t collaborate with this blockage.” District 5 Candidate Stacy Corless said she would change risk management. She said she’s concerned about all of the lawsuits against the County. She said, “We need a culture of safety and well-being.” She also said, “We need to step back and use good judgment about what’s right and wrong.”
Mono Supervisor District 1 Candidate Bill Sauser said he would “look outside the box” and partner and communicate with other agencies. District 1 Supervisor Larry Johnston said he wants to change the County into a “more collaborative, innovative government.” He said maybe the Town and County could create a joint Human Resources Department.
And, in the Town of Mammoth, eight candidates are vying for three seats on the Council – those currently held by Mayor Rick Wood, Councilman John Eastman and Councilman Matthew Lehman. The candidates are Elena Blomgren, Colin Fernie, Cleland Hoff, Kenneth Murray, Deb Pierrel, Shields Richardson, Karen Sibert, and John Wentworth.
In Inyo County, there is just one race – for Supervisor of District 1. Long-time Supervisor Linda Arcularius will end her career, and three new candidates will try for her spot. Dave Tanksley owns a construction company in Bishop and has worked on public committees. At a Candidates’ Forum he said he would focus on cost-cutting to deal with budget problems. He would also focus on optimizing the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport.
Candidate Dan Totheroh owns a company that operates community water districts. He has served on the Starlight CSD for 17 years and has volunteered in other arenas. He also had a 30-year engineering career with the Forest Service. His stated priorities were for creating more sustainable communities, utilizing the potential of the Digital 395 high-speed network to promote business and for protecting services for the elderly and youth.
Candidate Bill Stoll said he has volunteered for 8 years on the Planning Commission and voted no on the first solar development plan. He joked that he is “getting old and construction is killin’ me.” He said his top priority is tourism where he feels not enough is being done. He also pointed to work on the budget and the need for a positive working environment for County employees.
We will have election results for you on our website election night and the next day on radio and TV.
You took your County back from the good ole boys club! Time for a fresh start. One of honest law enforcement and community oriented policing. Not fear and intimidation. You cooked your own goose boys hope you are proud of yourselves now. Oh what a tangled web you weaved when… Read more »
This dude lost this election. Rightfully so.
Congrats Ingrid you smoked him! I new you would prevail! Right is right! In with the good! Out with the bad!
I am hopeful that he will be voted out….but there are certainly more Obenberger signs in n. county than Braun signs!
I wonder, what does Obie do if Braun wins, does he go back to being a Deputy Sheriff?
To answer your question, if Obenberger is not elected he is done as an employee of mono county! However, he is eligible to collect retirement! Maybe he can be a court screener like Russ Reese! But that’s only if he can pass a background check! The big question is if… Read more »
I SERIOUSLY doubt that Ingrid would hire him…remember when Obie fired her one week short of her probationary period and told her “Looking at the BIG picture, this is what’s best for MY department” . Well GUESS WHAT, OBIE ??? What comes around, goes around. Looking at the big picture,… Read more »
Karma…. What comes around goes around! You mess with the bull, you get the horn!
Get a clue….
Great question Big Rick. Weber is a at will employee on contract. Obenberger was appointed by the BOS. My question is, if the citizens vote in Braun, can the BOS withdraw Obenberger’s appointment and put Braun to work right away so no more damage is done and she can start… Read more »
I would hope that the BOS would do that. After all I would think that an elected sheriff would trump the BOS appointee, Plus the sooner he is gone the better for everyone in Mono County and I would hope they are actually concerned about that, but then again they… Read more »
Nope. Read the California Constitution. A BOS can appoint a replacement to a retired or resigned sheriff, but once appointed they are like any other sheriff who can only be removed by losing an election or by being convicted of something that forces the sheriff to vacate the office.
The other option would be for the BOS to suck it up and assign both Weber and Obenberger to their homes for 8 hours a day until January with full pay. Bring Braun in as the acting sheriff until she is sworn in after the first of the year. Then… Read more »
I agree I think they should get a taste of their own medicine! Sit in a chair and have their lives endangered by not being able to wear a gun or a badge, not giving them the code to the door so they have to ask for permission to get… Read more »
So…how long does Ingrid have to wait to move into her new office ?
To all the people that have been harassed for the Braun signs in your yards please remember these actions and vote tomorrow. In fact have all your friends, family, and loved ones vote. Vote for a sheriff that gives you the freedom to choose for yourself who you want to… Read more »
For those of you who have been harassed for the Braun signs: keep in mind WHO was harassing you, and perhaps who ELSE on the ballot today that they support. That’s very telling, as well.
These last six months have been very revealing. The current sheriff administration’s layers of poor decisions, egotistical attitude, law breaking, and violating individual citizens rights are being peeled back! Obenberger, ingnores the very laws he is sworn to uphold! He has ignored judgements made by superior court judges, He stands… Read more »
Please make it plain tomorrow that the era of “good ole boy” BS has come to an end and that it is time a proper law enforcement administration takes over the MCSO. Vote Braun for Sheriff and for change in a county that so desperately is in need of it,… Read more »
Actually Ralph Obenberger did publicly comment on the Deputy Jon Madrid termination in The Lee Vining forum. He plainly stated that “he would have not changed anything about how the situation was handled and would do it again, including putting him in a chair for two months.” an action I… Read more »
Don’t assign too much to the opinion of one trial judge. An appeals judge, or panel of judges might have a different opinon. Often they do and the rulings of trial judges are vacated or modified on appeal. It happens often enough to make appealing a trial judges ruling a… Read more »