Judge Says Sheriff Doesn't Have Authority To Re-Hire Fired Deputy
Los Angeles, CA – A judge ordered a Los Angeles County deputy to turn in his badge and gun after the new sheriff set aside his termination and re-instated him to the department.
The ruling goes to the core of a massive dispute between the sheriff and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors over who has the ultimate authority to hire and terminate deputy sheriffs, KNBC reported.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Caren "Carl" Mandoyan was terminated after the Civil Service Commission determined he hadn’t told the truth during an investigation of a domestic incident between him and another deputy.
Newly-elected Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said during his campaign that he though the process had been unfair to then-former Deputy Mandoyan.
Sheriff Villanueva worked to re-instate Deputy Mandoyan, who had volunteered on his campaign, as soon as he took office, KNBC reported.
But it came down to a battle between the new sheriff and the board of supervisors, who strongly objected to the deputy’s re-instatement and filed a lawsuit to nullify the rehiring, KCBS reported.
On Monday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff granted a preliminary injunction to the county supervisors and ordered the former deputy to stop representing himself as a member of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.
Beckloff said that Sheriff Villanueva did not have the authority to make a legal agreement with former Deputy Mandoyan that resulted in his rehiring, KCBS reported.
The judge said that rehiring the deputy would first have to be approved by the board of supervisors.
Sheriff Villanueva expressed disappointment in the judge’s ruling but said he would do as instructed, KCBS reported.
“As such, I have immediately implemented the court’s will regarding Deputy Mandoyan until a verdict is given at trial,” the sheriff said. “I remain hopeful and optimistic that the Board of Supervisors and I can get back to finding solutions together to end the homelessness crisis, as well as security better care for all of our inmates given the Board of Supervisors’ recent vote to stop the conversion of Men’s Central Jail into a mental health treatment center, resulting in a massive loss of millions of taxpayer dollars.”