Memos Of The Week
by Mark Scaramella, June 1, 2011
Dear Deputy Walker:
NOTICE OF LAYOFF — Due to continued funding problems, on May 24, 2011, the Board of Supervisors authorized the elimination of six deputy sheriffs positions in the sheriff's office. I regret to inform you that, as the employee in your department with the least seniority in your classification, you are subject to layoff from your employment as a Deputy Sheriff/Coroner II. This layoff will become effective on June 30, 2011. If this is a regularly scheduled workday for you, your layoff will become effective at the end of your shift on June 30, 2011.
If you participate in the health insurance plan, these benefits will end at 12:01 AM on July 10, 2011.
The county appreciates your hard work and dedication and regrets these measures are necessary. We will assist you in finding other County employment as much as possible. If you wish to explore possible job opportunities contact Human Resources at 463-4261 or visit our website at www.co.mendocino.ca.us/hr. If you have questions or need additional information you may contact Human Resources, Captain Smallcomb, or your DSA representative. The county will be working with Mendocino Works Employment Resource Centers to explore opportunities and information about available programs for displaced workers. In addition you may wish to contact Mendocino Works at www.mendocinoworks.com or 800/616-5901 for more information on your possible eligibility for Mendocino Works programs such as job placement assistance, resume writing, job interviewing skills, career exploration, training, etc.
(Mendocino County Human Resources Department
Carmel J. Angelo — Interim Director
579 Low Gap Road, Ukiah, CA 95482
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BOS Recommendation to lay off MCSO employees
From: Thomas Allman
To: MCSO — all
Date: Friday, May 27, 2011. 7:18 PM
As you are aware, on May 24, 2011, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors voted in a 3-2 action to lay off several members of our agency. Supervisor McCowen and Supervisor Brown supported my request to delay this action until the county learns more about state budget. Supervisors Smith, Hamburg and Pinches felt that it was necessary to follow the recommendation of CEO Angelo who recommended the layoffs.
I have hired a legal team which will vigorously fight the action of the Board of Supervisors. While we believe we will prevail, we all must remember that this case will be resolved in a court of law and not the Board chambers.
Please don't forget that the citizens of Mendocino County are very supportive of you and what you do. I am very proud to be your Sheriff and I assure you that I will fight very hard to prevent any additional layoffs. Your professionalism and dedication is noticed by Captain Smallcomb, Captain Pearce and myself. I am also very proud of the DSA for being one of the first bargaining units to give concessions to help Mendocino County during our tough financial times. Other elected leaders may not remember the leadership that DSA shown, but I will never forget it.
Thank you for continuing to do your job so well. Once again, I am extremely proud to be your Sheriff and I will continue to fight for you.
Tough times don't last, but tough people do. We will make it through this rocky period together as a family.