Scandal Plagued Scott Jones
Wants to to keep mismanaging Sacramento Sheriff’s Department
Scott Jones has a long history of poor judgment, bad decision making, lack of accountability, and dirty dealings. Scandal after scandal, a pattern has emerged.
A hidden sealed court record reveals John McGinness in the Sheriff’s Department buried an old investigation against his close friend Scott Jones because it was embarrassing to the Department. Court documents say Jones was tied to feeding confidential law enforcement information to a felon friend who ran a forgery and identity theft ring, in exchange for free office space and personal gifts for Jones. The only punishment for Jones was a memo saying not to break the law any more.
Scott Jones was also Sheriff during the Department’s costliest discrimination lawsuit in California history from prohibited activities against female deputies which spanned over 6 years under Jones. Jones’ only response was to promote the offending managers, despite the $10.4 million lawsuit cost to taxpayers.
But the lawsuit didn’t have to happen! Plaintiffs (female deputies) just wanted the problems to be fixed.
Instead of fixing the abuses, Jones dug in his heals in his typical emotionally charged fashion, and refused to take correction action to stop the misconduct. As a result, Sacramento taxpayers were punished with a whopping $10.4 million in penalties and attorneys fees related to ongoing sexual discrimination and racial discrimination against female deputies.
Jones’ lack of action and pigheaded approach directly caused Sacramento taxpayers to pay our more than $10.4 million in penalties.
But instead of punishing the guilty department managers, Scott Jones promoted them! During the abuses Jones failed to properly investigate the employee abuses, 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 Sheriff Scott Jones and John McGinness (who were having their own personal scandals). Not surprisingly, every one of Jones’ policies has been to perpetuate the status quo Ol’ Boys Club. Sacramento taxpayers deserve better leadership.
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)
– Scott Jones’ and John McGinness’ relationships with subordinate female deputies
– 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.