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November 19, 2012
Sacramento Sheriff declines Twin Rivers Unified's leadership request

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones declined Twin Rivers Unified School District's request for interim leadership for its school police department, saying he has little faith in the school trustees overseeing the police force.

Jones' comments Monday came after a strongly-worded letter he wrote to Twin Rivers' outgoing legal counsel was obtained by The Bee.

In the letter, Jones said his decision against loaning leadership was based on the "Board's inability to maintain the integrity of personnel and other decisions, to the detriment of ongoing efforts."

Jones said this led to at least one instance in which the board significantly interfered in an administrative personnel investigation.

"Information that was supposed to stay confidential was let out and if you look at it in this perspective, that's what happened here," Jones said Monday. "Someone put out this letter purposefully ... I never intended this letter to become public."

In Jones' letter, he characterized the district's school board as meddlesome and inconsistent.

Twin Rivers Unified was previously in discussions with the Sacramento Police Department about providing short-term leadership for the school police force. Those discussions have since ended.

Jones said Sacramento Police Chief Rick Braziel and his department's efforts to get Twin Rivers Police Department on track ended poorly.

"As a result, there is a residual animosity from some of the communities toward SPD that the Board has never tried to correct in any meaningful and public way," Jones wrote in the letter. "I have every confidence that if we were to assume temporary oversight of the TRPD, the same lack of Board support would cause a similar discord from the communities you serve back onto the Sheriff's Department."

The Sacramento Police Department is currently investigating Twin Rivers' police force for criminal conduct, mismanagement and misconduct stemming from allegations levied under the previous leadership of Chief Christopher Breck.

For more on this story, read Tuesday's coverage in The Sacramento Bee.

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About Report Card

Loretta KalbLoretta Kalb started her reporting career at The Sacramento Union, moved to KOVR-13 as a television reporter, editor and producer, headed to The Associated Press in San Francisco and eventually returned to Sacramento and joined The Sacramento Bee. Throughout her career, she has covered the state Legislature, courts, local government and, now, education. She is a Chico native and an Elk Grove resident.

Diana LambertDiana Lambert began her journalism career as a proofreader at the Lodi News-Sentinel. She is now a senior writer at The Sacramento Bee covering K-12 education and California State University, Sacramento. Previously she was The Bee’s Elk Grove bureau chief. Lambert was raised in a military family and lived at bases around the globe. She attended four high schools, graduating from Tokay High in Lodi and then Sacramento State University. She lives in Elk Grove.

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