Citing “personal reasons”
Placer County Resident Kris Palmer
Drops out of race for Sacramento Sheriff
But Scott Jones is even worse
– obstructing Public Records requests
– threatening taxpayers
– hanging out with losers
– manipulating the welfare system for personal gain
– enforcing illegal CCW underground policies and abuse of the Second Amendment
Kris Palmer was also a manager during the Department’s costliest discrimination lawsuit in California history, punishing Sacramento taxpayers with a $10.4 million in penalties and attorneys fees. Kris Palmer directly supervised Department staff during the ongoing abuses, failed to properly report the employee abuses up the chain of command, failed to take action to prevent the abuses from continuing, and failed to protect the employees who were being discriminated against.
The jury found the “culture of retaliation” and “abuse” had been going on for years, employment records had been changed and falsified, false investigations were launched as retaliation against employees who complained, and the failure of management to take corrective action is what caused the huge lawsuit penalties and payout.
All of these employment abuses happened right under the nose of Kris Palmer and Sheriff Scott Jones (who was having his own personal scandals). Not surprisingly, Jones has handpicked Palmer as his replacement (to continue the status quo) ol’ boys club. Sacramento taxpayers deserve better leadership.
When asked what he wanted to change in the Department, Kris Palmer let it slip to reporters “I don’t see changing a whole heck of a lot.” (SacBee 10/26/2017) Kris Palmer doesn’t support equality, transparency, or due process
As Scott Jones likes to say “I think the best predictor of future conduct is past behavior. So, look at our past behavior” – Scott Jones (SacBee Q&A With Scott Jones, 10/9/2010)
Look at the Sacramento Sheriff’s department past behavior:
According to court records in a jury trial that ended in May, 2016
(34-2010-00091514, Hagadorn v. Sacramento Sheriff’s Department)
– Sexual harassment and discrimination towards female deputies
– Fake overtime & falsification of official department records
– Retaliatory investigations to punish victims
– Racial discrimination
– “Intimacy” in the office
– Preferential treatment for female deputies giving ‘favors’ to superiors
– Conspiracy to alter records
– Misappropriation of public resources
“There’s such a culture of retaliation and fear, there are so many people that are scared” said Deputy Dawn Douglas said.
“We found a lot of retaliation” juror Sheryl Daverio told Sacramento Bee reporter Darrell Smith.
Women triumph over Sheriff’s Department’s ‘bro culture.’ Too bad we have to pay for it (SacBee 5/3/2017) This $3.6 million lawsuit, brought by female deputies, also cost an addition $5.3 million in court-ordered attorneys fees for Plaintiffs, and $1.5 million for Defendant (County) attorneys, for a whopping total $10.4 million payout by Sacramento Taxpayers.
Sheriff Scott Jones accused of unwelcome sexual advances toward deputy (SacBee 7/14/2016) Another female deputy claimed Sheriff Jones (then a Captain, married, and a father of 4) allegedly caressed and massaged her shoulders, reached his hand down her shirt, and grabbed her between her legs according to records. The two eventually parted ways, but a few years later Sheriff Jones sent her an email, trying to rekindle things, and she again rebuffed his advancements. Calling him “toxic”, she demanded that he never contact her again. More info…
A sharp censure for Sheriff Scott Jones and company (SacBee 5/29/2016) A Sacramento County jury ruled against the “culture of retaliation” within the Sheriff’s Department in a way no local elected official would dare, sizing up Sheriff Scott Jones and the top men in the hierarchy below him and saying: “We don’t believe you”.
We don’t need more of the same! Our next Sheriff needs to be someone who is going to reform the culture of corruption within the Sheriff’s Department.