The Third Appellate Court of California ruled Wednesday to uphold the termination of former El Dorado County deputy Jeff Greenwood.
Greenwood was terminated after having witnessed another off-duty deputy, known as “M,” smoking marijuana, which was also offered to Greenwood. He failed to report the April 2, 2008, incident “in a timely manner,” wrote Justice Elena J. Duarte in the unpublished opinion of the case. “He later called a dispatcher to complain about the ensuing internal affairs investigation, and disparaged the department and undermined his own credibility during that recorded conversation.”
After his termination, Greenwood took the El Dorado County Civil Service to court, ending up in the appellate court.
During the appeal process, “Greenwood contends his termination was too harsh a penalty for his transgressions,” Duarte wrote. However, after reviewing Greenwood’s initial handling of the situation, his conversation with the dispatcher and his breaching of conduct expected of deputies, the appellate court found Greenwood’s termination an acceptable response.
“Based on the record in this case, we find no abuse of discretion as to the penalty of termination,” Duarte wrote. “Accordingly, the trial court properly denied the petition for writ of mandate.” He was denied costs and fees he was asking for in lieu of his termination and for the trials.