Mono deputy goes to appeal hearing

sheriffIn May, Mono Sheriff’s Deputy Jon Madrid filed a claim against Mono County and the Sheriff’s Department.  He alleged that officers in the Sheriff’s Department engaged in “illegal and otherwise wrongful conduct.” One of Madrid’s lawyers says his client was forced to sit in a hall 8 hours a day.  The deputy went to an appeal hearing over the past weekend.

Madrid had appealed disciplinary action against him and continued to work at the Mono Sheriff’s Office. The hearing took place last Saturday, Sunday and Monday. County Counsel Marshall Rudolph said no decision had been made. Attorney Solomon Gresen, who represents Madrid, said, “We believe that Deputy Madrid has not been treated appropriately by his supervisors in the Department. I hope the process bears this out.”

Deputy Madrid’s claim alleges that the Sheriff’s Department violated his civil rights under the Fair Employment and Housing Act including discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful demotion.  Madrid also alleges that the Sheriff’s Office failed to provide documents. The claim says the Sheriff and other personnel caused Madrid damage.  When earlier asked for his comment on this case, Sheriff Rick Scholl said he could not comment.   He cited government code that “protects the rights of police officers and prohibits comment.”  Sheriff Scholl added, “I wish I could tell people the truth.”

Attorney Gresen said that officers “assigned Deputy Madrid to a hallway, made him sit there for 8 hours a day with no breaks and no duties. It was draconian,” he said.

Contacted for comment from the other side, Deputy County Counsel John Vallejo said that Madrid’s hearing was “closed and confidential and that he would not be able to comment on anything of substance regarding the hearing.”

Attorney Gresen added, “We believe the conduct Deputy Madrid suffered is outrageous.”


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23 Responses to Mono deputy goes to appeal hearing

  1. Big Rick OB October 4, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

    NOTE: To all citizens of Mammoth who requests that the Sheriff police the TOML…
    THIS is the kind of law enforcement you want patrolling in Mammoth ? You’d better do whatever is necessary to hang on to the good cops you got.

    • In The Know October 5, 2012 at 9:19 am #

      This is the tip of the iceberg.

    • Mammothite October 5, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

      Right On Big Rick!

  2. Todd October 4, 2012 at 11:58 pm #

    Like mlpd hasnt had its issues…

    • Reality Check October 5, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

      Todd, the dig difference between MLPD and MCSO is that the biggest problems are at the top with MCSO, not the Officer and Sergeant level like MLPD. A fish rots from the head down. MLPD has a chief that deals with those people. Scholl has no boss.

  3. Playground Bullies October 5, 2012 at 6:32 am #

    “Sheriff Scholl added, “I wish I could tell people the truth.” I wish he could tell the truth too. Apparently Sheriff Scholl has a pretty poor memory and for some reason Obenberger and Weber suffer from the same affliction. Too bad there were so many documents that you didn’t recall……right Sheriff Scholl?

    The truth is Madrid is a great deputy and you wanted him gone because he filed a hostile workplace complaint. Did the sheriff deal with it? Nope…instead he allowed Obenberger and gang to try to force Madrid to resign with intimidation and torture. It didn’t work and Madrid is taking them to the woodshed. RIGHT IS RIGHT! Your management style reminds me of elementary school and the bullies on the playground.

    Did you notice this little tidbit? Board of Supervisors Agenda: CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL – ANTICIPATED LITIGATION. Number of potential cases: one.

  4. Scholl Bowl October 5, 2012 at 7:47 am #

    Time to flush the Scholl Bowl! There are some people floating at the top that needs to see the swirl of reality!

    • Tourbillon October 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

      Yet he keeps getting reelected – just like the much-maligned Art Maillet in Inyo. I conclude that the posters on this website who attack both men by around a 5-1 margin or more do not accurately reflect the attitude of the public at large.

      • In The Know October 6, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

        The problem is there are no good choices.

        In Mono it was a choice between a real estate salesman who was a cop a decade prior, and a CHP officer who never promoted in his entire career. Both are nice guys to talk to, both had zero Law Enforcement management experience.

        In Inyo the choice was between Art and a known meth user.

        • Tourbillon October 6, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

          So then why don’t you run for office?

          • Mammothite October 7, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

            Tourbillion, Because I am a hands on guy not an administrator. A man’s got to know his limitations.

            I do know a bad leader when I see one. I know a good leader when I see one too, like the Chief in Mammoth.

            The problem with these elected positions is that you cannot advertise statewide and pick the best person for the job. You are stuck with the local good old boys and carpet baggers that move into the community with a lot of claims that no one bothers to check out.

          • Tourbillon October 8, 2012 at 6:03 am #

            Mammothite, I’m not saying that elected officials should not be criticized – far from it. I’m saying that the comments on this site almost exclusively criticize elected officials who keep getting reelected, and that I conclude, therefore, that the posters on this site simply do not reflect the popular opinion of the eastern Sierra. Your quarrel is not with me – you couldn’t pay me enough to run for office. It’s with your fellow voters in Mono and Inyo, who at the ballot box overwhelmingly reject what you say. I’m doing nothing more than observing the fact that as proven by repeated reelections of Scholl and Maillet, you, Scholl Bowl, and In the Know really are In the Minority, and your furious “hands on” typing at your keyboards has zero proven effect at changing the things you complain about. So I suggested you might try something new, which predictably has fallen on deaf ears.

          • Annie O..... October 8, 2012 at 1:43 pm #


            You made a great point that he keeps getting re-elected. However, with all I have read, I am pretty certain that won’t be happening again, EVER! This year alone, there has been too much corruption coming from that office for all the tax paying voters to not take notice. Unless you are a personal friend, good ol’ boy yourself, you would agree. I am not reading all these posts as furious, unwarranted attacks. These are based on this report that was written and published based on facts. In fact, I can almost bet you will see some upper management retiring sooner than election time. Care to bet?

          • Mark October 8, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

            The key is to re-elect no one, vote em’ in, vote em’ out

          • JeanGenie October 10, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

            Tourbillion, I think you gotta be a lawyer to be a DA in the state of CA, that leaves a lot of us poor slobs out of the running. I’m a proponent of recall, but even then you have too have at least one replacement in mind.

      • JeanGenie October 10, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

        The public at large may not have dealings with the DA or Sheriff that expose the problems or bad behavior that exist on the job. People show different faces to different people at different times. If Maillet is your friendly neighbor what do you really know @ how he does his job? But in Inyo you’ll vote for him cause you know him.
        In a more populated area there are more media outlets that would report (as least as much as they could glean given Art’s code of silence) (and look, the Inyo B of S, although I’m sure they can do something, says woe is me, can’t even try to make his office behave) Benett is really the only newsperson that makes any unflattering observations of our government around here, I guess I should say researches and reports stuff they don’t want the public to know. So how do you find out? The gossip hotline?
        Time before last Maillet ran unopposed, how does that give the voters a choice? Even if he was the only one that voted he’d win.
        As for the Inyo B of S, even though Maillet is elected, his minions are not, and they should try to exert some control.

  5. Debbie Fontaine October 5, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Looks like a few people forgot that there are powers greater then themselves. I think there will be some lessons learned here and some ego deflation.

    • What ego-deflation? October 7, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

      I agree. But as far as the ego deflation thing I think that as long as the person in power needs only the most votes (and nothing else) to wield the power and the favors, bribes, kickbacks, payoffs, cronyism, good ol’ boy network, etc. the system you have in place will always be hopelessly corrupt.
      And don’t think the elected officials don’t know this. They are not in it for the service aspect. They are in it for their personal gain.

  6. Utopia October 5, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    In a utopic society, try to be the guy that can carry a gun.

    • Chicagoite October 5, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

      As Al Capone once said; “You can get much more with a kind word and a gun, than a kind word alone.”

  7. Lone Ranger October 8, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    Tourbillion….. The trouble with your philosophy is if you ignore bad deeds by our elected officials, they just keep flying under the radar and continue doing bad. The only reason people re-elect a bad seed is they don’t know the truth.

    Since you think you are wasting your time, why do you keep posting?

  8. let's thinks about this October 10, 2012 at 11:46 am #

    what did this Deputy do to even be in the position he’s in now? Maybe he was allowed back to work due to his rights while this thing sorts out…and maybe, just maybe, whatever this Deputy did deems him unfit to be out and about on patrol. Sitting in a building, suited up, and sitting in a corner getting paid while being investigated or whatever the case may be sits better with me than some guy who may not be legit taking calls for service. Sometimes you get a bad egg, but that doesn’t mean you go out and dispatch the whole hen house.

  9. Lone Ranger October 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    You must be kidding me! It is obvious that you don’t know Madrid and are posting something that is totally fabricated.

    The bad eggs in this case are Undersheriff Obenberger for his actions and management, and Scholl for allowing Obenberger to run things. Scholl is a man elected to a position without the experience or expertise to run the department and who let Obenberger run amuck with POWER!


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