Letter to the editor: Sheriff makes candidacy official

ralphobenbergersuitFrom: Ralph Obenberger, Mono County Sheriff / Coroner

I am announcing that I have filed candidate nomination papers seeking to continue serving the residents of Mono County as their Sheriff/Coroner.

Since being unanimously endorsed and appointed by the Mono County Board of Supervisors, I have made significant changes within the Sheriff’s Office to enhance law enforcement safety for Mono County.

These positive changes include permanently assigning a deputy sheriff to our school campuses to enhance security and to interact with the children, a proactive stance on fighting criminal and narcotic issues in both the county areas and Town of Mammoth Lakes, and obtaining funding of nearly $250,000.00 from the Community Corrections Partnership for upgrading technologies for jail security and dispatch services.

I have served Mono County residents since 2000 when I was hired as a June Lake Resident Deputy.  I have raised my family in Mono County.  My children attended and graduated from Mono County Schools and I have volunteered for many local groups and organizations.  These experiences give me a unique perspective on what it takes to meet the diverse law enforcement needs of our communities.

The Sheriff’s Office has vast responsibilities far beyond routine patrol.  I interact daily with county, state and other justice partners.  We manage a jail facility, coroner duties, Office of Emergency Services, search and rescue, court security, off highway vehicle programs, boating safety programs, and dispatch services for a multitude of emergency service and public safety allied agencies.  Most importantly I manage our many budgets in a fiscally responsible manner.  I have experience and additional training in all of these areas of operations.  I have managed all of our budgets for the past six years and each budget was adhered to.

As your Sheriff I enjoy interacting with the citizens and visitors of Mono County.  They are the ones who we help on a daily basis.  They are the ones who receive courteous and professional law enforcement service from my staff.  The people of Mono County can be proud of the Mono County Sheriff’s Office, as I know I am very proud of the Office itself and each and every employee who works for me.

I have the support and endorsement from the Mono County Public Safety Officer’s Association, Mono County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Mono County Fire Chiefs Association, local business owners, along with current and former government officials.  With these I will continue to move the Sheriff’s Office forward into the next four years.

Managing the Mono County Sheriff’s Office is a job that I love.  With my background, knowledge and expertise I look forward to continuing to serve as your Sheriff/Coroner.

With that, I am seeking your approval and vote on June 3rd.


Ralph Obenberger, Mono County Sheriff/Coroner

For further information please visit my website:  http://www.ralphobenbergerforsheriff.com/  

or my Facebook page:  Obenberger-for-Mono-County-Sheriff 

Committee To Elect Ralph Obenberger Mono County Sheriff-Coroner ID # 1361091


33 Responses to Letter to the editor: Sheriff makes candidacy official

  1. SierraFan March 6, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

    Booo…….. Apple falling from the tree should say enough about this!!

  2. Snowman March 6, 2014 at 4:29 pm #


  3. Never ceases to Amaze March 6, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

    I just love how this man takes credit for $250,000 of community corrections partnership money. That money is AB109 money and it is a given because of the changes Govenor Brown enacted to reduce the state prison population. Ralphy did not do anything extra to get this money, other than apply for it like every other county in the state. For him to take credit for that is hilarious! Wow seriously?

    Then he states that he adheres to his budget,,,, funny the BOS have asked him twice to reduce his overtime in board meetings and all he says is it is cheaper to pay OT than it is to hire new employees. (quoted from BOS minutes) That doesn’t sound like much of a solution to me. Just the same old attitude that he always has and displays that the BOS are not going to tell him what to do.

    I also love how he just assumes he will get elected by his statement “I will continue to move the sheriff’s office forward in the next four years” and “I look forward to continuing to serve as your sheriff/coroner.” Really?

    • Leo March 9, 2014 at 10:28 pm #

      You need to go back and read it again. He states “obtained funding” and goes on to state how some of it was used. How else can a department get it other then obtaining it with the approval of the sheriff? He could have done nothing!
      As for the overtime, he has made many cuts. I work there and it is all but gone. That being said there is still a job that needs to be done and if people need to stay over it is what it is and that’s part of the job. I don’t know where you are getting your information but between the pay cuts and the lack of overtime my paycheck says otherwise!
      And hell yes he should state that!!! Obenberger has done a great job as sheriff, for both the county and for the department!!! You need to talk to people that don’t have an agenda against MCSD and talk to current employees.!!!

      God Bless

      • Never Ceases to Amaze March 10, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

        I can tell you where I get my information. Here it is straight from the minutes of the Board of Supervisor meeting dated 6-11-13 where he was requesting raises and promotions for his employees….


        Here is another quote that shows where I get my information….. ahhh that would be from Obenberger himself.

        On Tuesday, Chief Probation Officer Karin Humiston and Sheriff Ralph Obenberger came before the Board requesting not only raises for current employees, but also the addition of new positions to their departments. The total cost of the proposed changes for both departments was $479,721 ($108,076 in the Probation Department and $371,645 in the Sheriff’s Department). None of this money, however, would come from the General Fund. It would all be supplied by AB 109 allocations.


        Here is another story from the Sierra Wave talking about the exact thing I was discussing. https://www.sierrawave.net/25121/auditor-and-mosquito-money/

        Every county is entitled to AB 109 money to house these prisoners. Obenberger did nothing more than apply for the grant that every county in California is entitled to (and received FYI). For him to even insinuate he did anything special to get it is absurd.

        This money is to be used to house, feed, rehabilitate and other necessities for the prisoners that will be there long term. Mono County has barely even see a rise in long term inmates, so to say that his employees deserved a raise because of AB109 is questionable period.

        I completely disagree with you that he has or is doing a good job. You are entitled to you opinion and I am entitled to mine. Glad you have god on your side, I have the feeling you are gonna need him.

  4. Read Between the Lines March 6, 2014 at 5:32 pm #

    You notice he doesn’t make one comment about his career at LASO.

    “I interact daily with county, state, and other justice partners” you notice he doesn’t say he has a good relationship with them, just that he interacts. Lol

    He also doesn’t mention that instead of using the AB109 money or what it was intended for, he used it to give his minions raises and promotions. Basically paying them for their allegence. Hey who does want more pay right?

    The comment about his employees is the most laughable of them all, especially since the pending litigation against the department that of which he was one of main culperates in. Much less the hundreds of thousands of dollars he has already cost the county because of his pour decisions in this situation.

    Yep I will remember that June 3rd!

    • Leo March 9, 2014 at 10:07 pm #

      Why talk about LASD? What’s the point? Yes they are in need of a sheriff but Obenberger is the Sheriff here in Mono County.
      You working with all those agencies must have some understanding about elections and must have forgotten that there was a maximum allotment of characters allowed on that statement. That being said you would also know or maybe you were misinformed. But AB109 money can not be used for promotions or raises.
      Obenberger earn our support, no money, no empty promises, and mo BS.! He supported us over the last year and he earned it!
      As for the litigation, that was from another time and was under the direction of the former sheriff. The buck stops at the top and the guy at the top at that time is no longer here. In fact the person who conducted the investigation is no longer here. You are misinformed of the facts and the history of that case. It’s good have an opinion, however its better to have an educated opinion. It makes you credible.

      God Bless

      • Openburger March 11, 2014 at 7:24 am #

        I would bet if he had promoted or did anything that was a real accomplishment at LASO he would have wrote that in his election notice. He was with LASO for 15 years and not a single promotion. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that one out.

        Obenberger’s only promotions came from Mono County and all in the good ole boy style….. he went from deputy to undersheriff in about 18 months… this is unheard of in normal departments, but this is Mono County.

  5. John Barton March 6, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

    I think I need to vomit.

  6. Just trying to get answers March 6, 2014 at 6:24 pm #

    Was Ingrid able to seek endorsement by all of these associations that are quoted as endorsing Obenberger or was he just automatically given the endorsement? Did he formally request to be endorsed or did these associations just hand it to him?

    • Disgruntled Citizen March 7, 2014 at 8:50 am #

      He Probably told them all during a aquad meeting that if he didnt get the support he would cut monies or cut their time off… hes just bullying them!!

      I vote INGRID BRAUN!!

      • Leo March 9, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

        You would be wrong and would loose that bet. Sheriff Obenberger gain the support of MCSD employees the old fashion way, he earned it. Now if you were talking about the former sheriff, I wouldn’t be reasoned to you. We didn’t support him and he in turn didn’t support us. As for Braun, she is a very nice person!

        God Bless

    • Leo March 9, 2014 at 9:40 pm #

      To answer your question, Obenberger earned our support and he didn’t need to ask us. We support Obenberger because he supports all of us. He has made big changes at MCSD. He took over a department that had no direction and low morale and did the impossible, he made it a great place to work. As for Ingrid, she has yet to come out and say why she was let go. Most of us know why because we were working during each event. We won’t support that! Mono county deserves better and they have it with Obenberger.

      God Bless

      • Snowman March 10, 2014 at 5:51 pm #

        Double Yawn…..

  7. Scarlet March 6, 2014 at 7:23 pm #

    I bet if the Board of Supervisors had it to do all over again the only ones that would vote for him would be Vickie Bauer and Hap Hazzard…. And we all know why!

  8. Rick O'Brien March 6, 2014 at 7:31 pm #

    “Looking at the big picture, at the future of the department”… I don’t think so.

  9. Jake March 6, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

    This is the first Sheriff here in a very long time who actually targets criminal and bad apple employees. He has my family’s support!

    • Vote Move March 6, 2014 at 9:07 pm #

      I don’t know who you think you are kidding, but the public has his number. I am sure you see your future swirling with him! 🙂 Baaaabye!

    • Really? March 7, 2014 at 10:27 am #

      Jake, if that was true Obenberger would have got rid of Weber, not made him the Undersheriff!!!!!!

    • Witness March 7, 2014 at 8:38 pm #

      Glad to hear your willing to give up your rights Jake! Welcome to a police state! Never mind the fact that there is a constitution protecting the right against unlawful search and seizure for a reason! You are blind! At least until your pulled over by mono gastapo! Can anyone say title 14!

  10. Really? March 6, 2014 at 8:19 pm #

    I bet Ralph dosn’t have a 5-0 vote with the BOS now that he tried to jump tough with them with the goon squad as back up.

    When an organization is ruled by a climate of fear, everyone endorses the boss. The goon squad sergeants will make sure that everyone stays in line or else.

    So whats up with having a sergeant follow Ingrid around to all the RPAC meetings that she attends. Is that so Ralph take note in his enemies list of who talks to Ingrid?

    • Not correct March 8, 2014 at 7:45 am #

      What message your trying to spu is totally incorrect. Long before Braun mono county deputies attended RPAC meetings in every community. So ease your little pea brain that it’s a conspiracy.

      • Really? March 8, 2014 at 8:32 pm #

        I have not seen a sergeant at the Crowley Lake RPAC meeting before.

        If the Sheriff’s Department is so underworked that they can take supervisors out of the field to babysit RPAC meetings, they need to take some personnel cuts to balance out the rest of Mono County’s budget.

  11. Trouble March 7, 2014 at 7:14 am #

    It’s only been 6 years?

  12. Hoping for change March 7, 2014 at 8:29 am #

    I don’t know about anyone else, but all is see is a smirky liability to the county of Mono, with the lawsuits to prove it.

    Put an end to the good ole boy club and get hid of Obenberger, Webber, West, Beard, Hahn, Clark, and Minder. Start fresh and go forward with a new administration that is run properly that adheres to the law, state and county polices and can make the MCSO a respectful Sheriff’s department again! A proper house cleaning is long past due.

  13. Clyde March 7, 2014 at 8:47 am #

    Time to move on Ralph. Your track record and old school techniques are out dated. Maybe you should think about Arizona.

  14. Mono deserves better March 8, 2014 at 1:58 am #

    Having been around law enforcement my whole life and currently working with real LEO every day of my life… All I have to say to the Mono County Citizens is you deserve better and you deserve a Sheriff’s Department that you can count on, not what you have now. It is just not right and I hope you all see that.

    • Ronda Hickley March 9, 2014 at 11:25 am #

      Hi Matt or is it Joe. writing speeding ticket’s is “real LEO”. Do you think Mono County wants big city L.E. think again.

  15. Tinner March 8, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    I don’t think so Ralph.

  16. MtnHiker March 10, 2014 at 5:41 pm #

    Would never ever consider voting for Obenberger while he still employs Weber.

    • Spot on March 10, 2014 at 9:18 pm #

      I have to say you are spot on about Weber, but don’t forget who mentored him and allowed him to continue his behavior for years…Obenberger, Obenberger, Obenberger! He personally recommended him to be his Undersheriff, which obviously means he approves of his unprofessional antics and promotes them.

      I see that it seems to be Obenbergers plan to throw Scholl under the bus and blame him for everything that is wrong about this department. While I do agree that Scholl was responsible for both of their actions and did nothing about them. Obenberger and Weber were the masterminds of the whole Madrid issue per their own testimony. There are several other issues that have yet to come to light make no mistake about that!

      Their actions are unbecoming an officer, much less deserving of your vote in the upcoming election.

    • You Nailed it! March 11, 2014 at 10:46 am #

      MtnHiker, even without all the other issues regarding Obenberger’s lack of qualifications, the very idea that Obenberger knowing what he knows about Weber, would make him the Undersheriff, shows beyond any doubt that Obenberger does not have the judgement required to be Sheriff.

      Because of no prior leadership experience, Obenberger by default had no choice but to revert to the only thing he knows; the Paranick/Scholl good ole boy, rule by intimidation method and make Weber his undersheriff because it is the only thing that Weber knows as well.

      It is time to break the cycle and elect a competent administartion.

  17. Eastern Sierra Local August 26, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

    How did that election go for you?


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