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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29 Responses to Mono deputy alleges mistreatment

  1. Not Surprised May 11, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    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!

  2. Kenney August May 12, 2012 at 10:06 am #

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

  3. Wondering.... May 13, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

    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 non-sworn…..

  4. Disgusted this is still going on May 13, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    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 with there good ole boy crap for years! It is about time someone did! The current administration needs to be called on the carpet for all the wrongdoings that the deputies have been putting up with for years. Their abuse and mistreatment of the power that their positions have given them is appalling and against everything that honest men and women put the badge on for!

  5. The Firm May 14, 2012 at 6:24 am #

    Oh hell Madrid….should just resign and move on! That is what many have done!

    How do you spell Obenberger? Wait a minute… 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 being told? Stay upwind….this could smell!

  6. Scholls Henchmen May 14, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    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 of employees. Go Deputy Madrid !

  7. Wondering.... May 15, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    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 given into them because they just can’t deal with their abusive and harassing behavior or have just sought jobs elsewhere to get away from the administration.

    I think it is crazy that they are laying a wreath today to show respect for the Law Enforcement Officers that have lost their lives in the line of duty, when Mono County Sheriff’s department treats their current deputies with utter dishonor, disrespect and plan disregard.

    • Big Rick O'Brien May 21, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

      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.

  8. fish dude May 15, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    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 get away with things you and I would be locked up for…

  9. Real Deal May 15, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

    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 him to the ground and took his gun away from him. He is still a lieutenant. No charges filed.

    How about you go into a store and pull a gun on the clerk and see what happens?

    • fish dude May 16, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

      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 head guy is in cahoots.. Can you spell Corrupt??

      • Big Rick O'Brien May 20, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

        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 May 21, 2012 at 9:24 am #

          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 May 21, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

            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 it, without ever having actually refuted the original position.

        • Real Deal May 21, 2012 at 10:37 am #

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

          • Wayne Deja May 21, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

            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 another Mammoth Lakes.They have a very active law enforcement in that area.They don’t want out-of-towners coming there and trying to run the show,or do as they please.Lots of small towns are like that…If you think it’s bad up there,try going to Oregon,in one of those little towns,and see what you can get away with if you try to act all stupid.

          • Big Rick O'Brien May 21, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

            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 May 20, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

      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?

  10. cat May 16, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

    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.

  11. Heather May 19, 2012 at 11:15 pm #

    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 they have sworn to uphold- and using tax dollars to do it. Using your logic we never should have intervened during the Holocaust – millions died, but that wouldn’t have affected you, so no worries. Are you really saying that Mono SD doesn’t have to follow state and federal law?

    • cat May 20, 2012 at 11:08 am #

      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 how this county is policed. Madrid had every right to look after his own but when is one of these gents going to look after us??

  12. Lone Ranger May 22, 2012 at 4:49 am #

    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 be Mono Superior Court?

  13. Nothing to do in Bridgeport May 22, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    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 expensive to have the population in one place and a near ghost-town county seat in the other.

    • Wayne Deja May 22, 2012 at 8:45 pm #

      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 May 23, 2012 at 6:31 am #

        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.

  14. Tre truth always comes out! May 22, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

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

    • Benett Kessler May 22, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

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

  15. Trouble May 22, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    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 May 23, 2012 at 9:08 am #

      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 its dicey, but then the exercise of our freedoms is like walking the razor’s edge sometimes. BK


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