Updates from Mono County Sheriff’s Office

Press releases from the Mono County Sheriff’s Office

The Mono County Sheriff’s Office experienced substantial fiscal reductions to its budget due to the economic downturn of recent years. Our budget for this fiscal year (15/16) is two-thirds of what it was just five years ago. Four Deputy Sheriff vacant positions were “frozen” in the last fiscal year (14/15) budget.


Additionally, in the spirit of shared sacrifice, the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association agreed to
contract concessions, taking furloughs and raising the employee contribution to the California Public Employees Retirement System.

In the current budget, the Sheriff’s Office was allocated funding for the last two fiscal year quarters to fill two of the four vacant Deputy Sheriff positions and all of Public Safety Officer (jailer and dispatcher) positions.

Due to attrition, the Sheriff’s Office has lost additional personnel, bringing ourcurrent vacancies to six (6) Deputy Sheriff and five (5) Public Safety Officer positions.

We anticipate three (3) additional field Deputies leaving the force in the upcoming months. Recent recruiting efforts and application processes have not been successful in filling most of those vacancies.

The Sheriff’s Office has been staffing patrol assignments this past year with a combination of overtime and administrative personnel working the field responding to calls for service. This is a less than ideal situation as the long hours have taken a toll on the entire force.

With our current staffing levels and anticipated departures, this situation mandates that field patrol force hours be reduced from the current seven-day coverage of 6 a.m. to midnight to seven-day coverage from noon to midnight.

We will continue to have a supervisor on-duty from 6 a.m. to midnight every day.
Administrative personnel will supplement the patrol force whenever possible.

Mono County residents and visitors are encouraged to continue to request calls for service as our dispatch is staffed 24 hours a day. Off-hour requests necessitating a response will require the response of field personnel from their residence. The Sheriff’s Office has a responsibility to provide law enforcement service, and we will continue to provide the best service possible, given the resources we have.

We are continuing our recruitment efforts, searching for quality men and women with law enforcement experience who have the desire to live and work in Mono County.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Office welcomes community comments and input as we work for a long term solution.


In an effort to combat emerging crime trends, the Mono County Sheriff’s Office has initiated a compliance effort directed towards offenders required to register as a sex offender and report their residence.

This includes compliance checks of those offenders who are currently on court ordered probation. This is an effort to utilize evidence-based policing, with a focus on emerging community concerns and crime trends.

Recent legislative changes in criminal offense classifications from felonies to misdemeanors have necessitated greater scrutiny by line-level law enforcement to ensure those convicted offenders are in compliance with their court ordered conditions and registration mandates.

Those offenders that are found to be in violation will be referred to the Mono County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of the filing of charges. So far this effort has yielded the compliance search of eight locations resulting in the issuance of one citation for a violation of the conditions of court ordered probation.

In addition, four compliance checks were conducted for compliance with California Penal Code Section 290, mandating the reporting of the place of residence of convicted sex offenders. Three of the offenders were found in compliance, and the fourth is under investigation. One offender indicated that in the decade or more he has been required to register no one has ever verified his residence.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Office is committed to providing the best service possible to our community with our existing resources.


The Mono County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to our administrative team.

Amber Weller is our new Administrative Services Specialist / Public Information Officer. Amber possesses both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Criminology and comes to us from the Mono Court. Amber will be the new point person for all media-related inquiries and social media applications, as well as responsible for all administrative aspects of our Office.

Arleen Mills started last month as our new Finance Officer. Arleen was selected from within our ranks of Public Safety Officers, so she was already a member of our family. Arleen brings a wealth of experience in finance as the owner and operator of a local business.

We are happy to have these strong, smart women representing us in our front office.



22 Responses to Updates from Mono County Sheriff’s Office

  1. Badfinger May 4, 2016 at 6:08 pm #

    Too many bloated salaries and big fat Pension Funds, Ha ha ha Lol

  2. tourbillon May 4, 2016 at 3:09 pm #

    This is what happens when government expands into a huge bloat in an effort to do and be everything for everyone. It cannot undertake its most fundamental duty, protection of the public, effectively.

    Consider that state tax rates are at an all-time high. State revenues also are at an all-time high (over $100B). Yet Mono County can’t pay its sheriffs. And some people continue to believe that we do not have a spending problem, but a revenue problem.

  3. 7come11 May 4, 2016 at 4:14 am #

    It downright shameful what the county “leaders” have allowed the sheriff department to devolve to. The first step towards state policing.

  4. Mono employee May 3, 2016 at 6:47 am #

    Seems like word has gotten out about how mono county treats there employees! Mono county treats the employees like they are the reason for the trouble when they should be looking from the top! It’s hard having your pay cut over and over. mono supervisors better start paying attiion you can’t keep good people Treating them the way you are.

    • mountain watchdog May 6, 2016 at 9:14 am #

      How right you are. For the last few years the supervisors (a particularly nasty one who lives a far distance from where county money is generated) know they can’t strong arm the union people so they are laying it on the salaried. The supes also reduced the salary of all non-union full-time people – but felt it unnecessary to reduce their own (part-time) salaries.

      And THAT my friend, is political corruption at its absolute best.

  5. and again May 2, 2016 at 6:59 am #

    I hear they are doing the same thing to animal control

    • Tinner May 5, 2016 at 5:56 pm #

      and again, doing what to animal control?

  6. wagonrd May 2, 2016 at 5:28 am #

    The Mammoth Times, the Sheet, and Sierra Wave need to support the Sheriff’s department during this budget crisis. The tendency is to publish negative articles as seen by anti law enforcement people. Let’stand keep it positive, or as a minimum, constructive criticism.

  7. Mountain Watchdog May 1, 2016 at 7:48 pm #

    When it comes to today’s politically-charged firearms issues, consider this:

    If every black man age 18-25 got a permit to carry a concealed gun and joined the NRA the very same day – there would be gun control in a second.

    Racism in America?

    What do YOU think?

    • tourbillon May 4, 2016 at 3:04 pm #

      SierraWave would serve its posters better by screening embarrassingly witless comments from publication. You have my sympathy Watchdog.

    • Tinner May 5, 2016 at 6:37 pm #

      Mountain Watchdog, that is a race baiter statement.

  8. Low-Inyo May 1, 2016 at 4:05 pm #

    Tinner….Gotta agree with your thinking there,except for maybe that last part.depending on who’s teaching it….depending on the problem your facing,if there are no Law Enforcement to respond,the only thing left to do is handle it yourself the best way possible….like the olden’ days….then,if your still able to,call the cops and wait on their arrival….the days of cowering in a corner of the closet calling 9-1-1 waiting for someone to come “save” you might be over….but,accually,is that really what Law Enforcement is all about anyway ?…about the last sentence,maybe a good idea,unless it’s some right-wing group teaching it (NRA),with their own agenda,and spending more time preaching and telling people how President Obama is trying to take everyones guns away than teaching a safety course….and if you do take the course,if it has a firing range,BE CAREFUL around a bunch of guys waving loaded weapons around on a firing line !!

    • Tinner May 2, 2016 at 4:40 pm #

      I was in the military, man, make no mistake I won’t ever cower in a corner. I’d call the cops if I had to and most likely a barking dog would convince a bad guy to choose another victim. Funny how bad guys are afraid of dogs and dogs know it.

    • Walter Mitty May 3, 2016 at 8:19 pm #

      Low man… you need to take a coarse (course) ? in positive thinking. Most CCW rangemasters are professional and a good majority are retired cops with 20 + years of experience. If THEY dob’t know weapon safety, who would you suggest ?

      • Low-Inyo May 5, 2016 at 5:14 pm #

        Walter Mitty……come on,man….Was the “NRA rangemaster” a professional that got shot and killed teaching the 9 year old girl in Arizona,teaching her to shoot a full-auto UZI …..and standing crouched over on her LEFT side while she shot right-handed ?…and as far as the CCW “rangemasters”,I had a CCW in Oregon….and the only thing I learned in the 4 hour coarse was how to laugh out loud at the jokes the instructor was telling to a room full of guys for 4 hours,and how to reach into my pocket and hand over $60.00 to the desk clerk at the end of the morning….and the “retired cops with 20 + years of experience”….have you watched the news lately,and some of those cell-phone cameras citizens are using to catch some in the act of doing some really bad,wrong things ?

  9. Tinner April 30, 2016 at 6:53 pm #

    We still got The 2nd Amendment, and that ain’t going anywhere and for the first time in years I’m going to buy another firearm and probably taker refresher firearms safety course and maybe get another dog.

    • 1776 May 3, 2016 at 7:32 pm #

      When seconds count, MCSD is an hour or more away. A sign of the times. Take care of your family yourself.

  10. Mono Person April 30, 2016 at 9:30 am #

    I like that part about “the desire to LIVE and work in Mono County”. It doesn’t say live in Nevada, which many deputies and a lot more CHP’s do. Community policing works when you are actually a part of the community.

  11. Cheryl Isbell April 30, 2016 at 7:43 am #

    Congratulations, Amber!

  12. Bridgeport local April 30, 2016 at 5:56 am #

    So let me get this straight, from 6am to noon there will be no patrol force? just administrative personnel and maybe a supervisor? sure hope I dont need the cops for those 6 hours a day. its a sad day when law enforcement has its budget cut so much it cant even patrol the streets. or respond to calls for that matter. what happens if someone is breaking into my house at 8 in the morning? I wait till noon? come on board of supervisors, get it together. we need law enforcement.

    • 1776 April 30, 2016 at 5:26 pm #

      Actually it means that there will be no cops working from midnight to noon. I wonder how that call out program will work with nearly half the force living in Nevada?

      Are deputies paid to be on call or is the plan to keep calling hoping that at least one deputy will answer his phone?

    • Mono Person May 2, 2016 at 6:26 am #

      The CHP is still 24 hours, but our county is huge!


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