Sheriff asks supes to authorize $20,000 hiring bonus to recruit more deputies from outside agencies • The Mendocino Voice | Mendocino County, CAThe Mendocino Voice
MENDOCINO Co., 04/01/22 – Mendocino County Sheriff Matthew Kendall is asking the county for a new $20,000 hiring bonus to help recruit sheriff’s deputies from other law enforcement agencies. law, as well as a $7,000 incentive for deputies who self-fund their education at the police academy, when the Board of Overseers holds its regular meeting on Tuesday, April 6. If approved, the $20,000 “lateral transfer” bonus would be four times the $5,000 signing bonus currently offered by the San Francisco Police Department.
Kendall said in a letter to the board that the increased stress associated with low staffing levels is driving assistants currently on staff to take jobs elsewhere or retire early — and without those incentives, staffing levels will continue. to erode. “There has only been one other time in my 30+ year career at the Sheriff’s Office where we have seen staff numbers this low,” Kendall wrote.
Kendall’s letter did not contain any corroborating information to support this claim – but Mendocino County Acting CEO Darcie Antle said in an email this morning that the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) had 111 full-time positions in the budget and only 93 of them were filled. This means that approximately 16% of budgeted positions are currently vacant.
Things are worse at the prison, where only 54.6 of 73 full-time positions are filled. This vacancy rate is around 25%. Kendall told the board that understaffing at the jail can lead to an increased risk of injury to inmates and deputies, resulting in significant financial liability for the county.
Elsewhere on the agenda, supervisors will hold a public hearing on a permit application to convert a vacant 30-room motel at 16580 N. Highway 101, just north of Black Bart Drive, into a 21-room apartment complex. units. An appeal has been filed against the proposal, and that appeal would be dismissed if the board allows the candidate to proceed. There is also an informative presentation on pilot programs that could reduce illegal dumping in Mendocino County.
Tuesday’s meeting begins at 9 a.m. and will be streamed live on the county’s YouTube page. You can find the agenda and supporting documents on the department’s website.