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From page A1 | December 7, 2010 | 44 Comments

Two of the female plaintiffs in the sex discrimination suits filed against the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department were served notice that the department intends to terminate them, their attorney said.

Folsom attorney Douglas E. Watts told the Mountain Democrat that two of his clients, sheriff’s Deputy Tanya Hunt and community service officer Nicole Sahaj-Myers, recently received notice of their pending termination from the Sheriff’s Department.

Both women are currently embroiled in litigation after filing suits earlier this year alleging the existence of a “good ol’ boys” network within the department.

The network, according to their court filings, discriminates against female employees deemed “vulnerable, either because of perceived weakness, feminine personalities, marital or relationship status, or mental/emotional state.”

“These actions are completely transparent, retaliatory and taken by (the sheriff) because he knows he’s not accountable to the voters or to the rank-and-file EDSO members,” said Watts.

In June, Hunt filed a suit claiming to be the victim of sexual harassment from select members of the Sheriff’s Department.

The suit also alleges the department failed to properly evaluate and assist Hunt after she suffered personal tragedies, including the 2006 murder of her mother, sister and stepfather as well as the 2008 suicide of friend and fellow deputy Melissa Meekma.

One month later, Sahaj-Myers, along with community service officers Jona Scher and Stacie Walls, filed their own separate suit, alleging victimization similar to Hunt’s.

Watts said Sahaj-Myers’ termination goes into effect Dec. 17 while Hunt’s begins Dec. 20.

Sheriff Fred Kollar declined to comment, saying the department is legally prohibited from discussing personnel matters.

E-mail Jim Ratajczak at jratajczak@mtdemocrat.net or call 530-344-5071.

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  • T. Yonkers goes Bonkers on El Dorado County BSDecember 07, 2010 - 12:48 pm

    The old sheriff in town is a disgrace.....let's get the new improved version into office.... JOHN D'AGOSTINI now there is a true leader, not like the cream puff who calls himself sheriff now KOLLAR ugh gag puke puke puke hair ball ugh.

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  • James LonghoferDecember 07, 2010 - 1:27 pm

    OMG, another lawsuit for wrongful termination in addition to the sex discrimination lawsuit. A double shot to my tax dollars. What don't the perps have to pay. Poor taxpayer me didn't wrongfully terminate or sexually discriminate -- why do I have to pay?

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  • Chuck HollandDecember 07, 2010 - 1:55 pm

    Having read both the filings by Attorney Watts on behalf of all four plaintiffs, it seems the only responsible thing for our Sheriff to do is wait and see what the outcome is. What if they prevail? Now that their terminated we the taxpayer may owe them compensation. But why should Kollar care. after January 11, 2011 he will be living fat and happy in Reno collecting his hansom retirement check courtesy of El Dorado County tax payers. There is a HIGH likelihood the majority if not ALL will prevail, and or El Dorado County will settle with them. As a taxpayer my vote is to wait.

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  • ChuckIIDecember 07, 2010 - 6:00 pm

    Like Chuck Holland's opinion hold any water....

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  • ED.MOMDecember 07, 2010 - 8:22 pm

    Wait a minute...they are firing 2 of the ladies who have federal lawsuits against the department? Pending lawsuits? OMG!!!! Can't wait to see what this is going to cost us taxpayers! Is this a parting shot from the GOB network or a legitimate finding???

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  • Chuck HollandDecember 07, 2010 - 9:28 pm

    Well ChuckII, we both know opinions are like ... (well, you know) Everybody seems to have one. However in review of the Sheriff's election my glass seems to be holding water. Did yours spring a leak? Go get some Preparation H, It'll help sooth your opinion maker. Here's another opinion, firing an employee while legal action is pending could bring you some personal liability. I hope someone is prepared to share their hansom retirement with these gals.

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  • ChuckIIDecember 08, 2010 - 7:32 am

    After reading your response only one thing became so painfully clear to all readers- Chuck. That is that we all now know that you are an expert in the smoothing benefits of Preparation H.... So to that extent, we will all just take your word that it works. With regard to the lawsuits and the Sheriffs department, however, one can't help but wonder- what's in it for the Bail Bondsman with a less than satisfactory personal criminal record? Is this record of you going to be expunged? Will they finally give you a CCW? Just for the readers to understand how your opinion is flawed, water or not, legal has taken full authority over this case and these women future with the department, you seem to have forgotten that. Nothing can be done outside of legal, why you continue to bash the sheriff department and our great men and women there? Again- what's in it for you?

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  • KnowyouropponentDecember 08, 2010 - 8:23 am

    Chuckil, legal has not taken over. They were not aware of these latest actions by kollar. He personally made this decision. It is clear you cannot do anything but personally attack those who comment against your opinion. Not everyone needs something "in it" for them to care. Maybe you should try and adopt that philosophy and you may be a happier person. Charles dicken wrote a great book and many movie about a Christmas carol were made about this.

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  • Chuck HollandDecember 08, 2010 - 8:56 am

    Well another opinion from ChuckII's opinion maker. Allow me to thank you, now i know for sure you have absolutely no idea what your talking about, or your just a flat out liar. Either way you amuse me. One fact is correct in your rant, I am a bail bondsman. As for a less than satisfactory criminal record? You got the wrong guy here pal, I have nothing needing to be expunged. And BTW Sheriff McDonald issued my first CCW, and every Sheriff since has renewed it. Once again, you have the wrong guy, but this forum is not about me, its meant for the two sheriff employee's being terminated. I assume you must have an ax to grind with them? As for me, speaking as a tax payer, with nothing to gain or lose if they're fired or not, I disagree with the way it's being handled. Contrary to your mystic illusions we have a great Sheriff's Department, Great men and women working there in all sorts of capacities, and I'm very supportive of them. However there are some apples that need to be culled from the basket. That process has been a long time coming. Instead of your usual attacks on others, why don't you give us some reasons to support the termination of these gals?

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  • whoa thereDecember 08, 2010 - 11:55 am

    Well it sounds like Chuckll either works for the department or "knows" someone there since he says the legal is all over it, likewise Knowyouropponent since he says legal has not taken over and Kollar made the decision and acted on it...questions...what person in their right mind from a legal stand point "fires" 2 women from their work place while they have pending Federal charges against that department? Is Chuck right? Does Kollar now have personal liability (ie read $$) to these ladies? Will the taxpayers have to pay a wrongful termination fee due to this behavior? On top of the sexual harrassment lawsuit? What else are Kollar and his merry band of....staff....going to do that is going to cost the taxpayers of this county $$ before he leaves office? And if legal isn't aware of the actions of Kollar, who is? Board of Supes? County counsel? Is anyone watching what they are going before he leave and leaves this hugh mess?

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  • White Flower GirlDecember 08, 2010 - 1:46 pm

    Well, Well, Well, here we go again, ChuckII why are you still hiding behind a partial name that probably isn't your name anyways? Time to man up big boy. The election is over, there is a new sheriff in town, and one who is not vindictive or retaliatory. So grow a pair, or borrow some from your wife and use your real name. I think this bailbondsman Mr. Holland must know a little more than your comfortable with him knowing, why else would you attack him? By chance are you one of the defendants in the law suits brought by the girls? If so that would explain your hostility on the subject and your reason to hide your name. Mr. Holland keep the pressure on, you could be our own home town Wiki Leak, and you gals suing, keep your head up and go for it.

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  • PamDecember 08, 2010 - 5:25 pm

    What I want to know, is who is the person behind Kollar? Who is really pulling the strings? I believe we do refer to this year as the "year of the stupid". These guys just don't learn.

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  • so sick of thisDecember 08, 2010 - 7:54 pm

    Chuck II - you are full of crap and so is Kollar et al.

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  • SamireDecember 08, 2010 - 8:04 pm

    This seems to have sparked intrest in people all of the sudden... Where were all of you (who supported the victims) when the dorrs opened up the next morning at the Sheriffs office? No one was standing at the door of the S.O. asking for justification for terminating two women with Federal Lawsuits. Fred... You have made a very big mistake. Not only have you pissed off the lawyers of these women, but you have pissed of the tax payers payiong your retirement. Good luck finding your way out of this... D'Agustini should be givin the oppertunity to hear the voice of these women before the Sheriffs department is subject to Millions in payout.

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  • kim clarkDecember 09, 2010 - 12:19 am

    Everyone knows that Placerville PD and El Do Co sheriffs are a big good ol boy network and totally corrupt.

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  • 10-36December 09, 2010 - 6:51 am

    Samire- Trust me some of us where right next to the women in question, and your right- Fred ticked off the wrong people this time - and Ms, Clark- you are so right, and these women stood up for themselves fought back and stood their ground and now look at what "Fast Freddie" is pulling- trying to protect his "boys" and cause any amount of damage before he's out the door on the 27th- Hey Fred do us a favor take the rest of the trash out with you when you go and stop putting the good ole boys (Terks' followers) in new areas with raise's, to keep your old "structure" intact before John gets into office- Terkildsen- we dont really care that you'd like to "stay" after a moral man takes office- we already are aware of your actions, back door politics and behavior to undermine the TRUE Sheriff once he takes office (along with your "campaign cronies" actions)-You say you should have retired 6 years ago? Then go already! And for the rest of you losers named in the lawsuit by these women....in case you've missed it they've been standing strong against you and every bit of BS you've pulled since start.....it's not going away no matter what you do, say or how you behave toward these women, their familys or friends .....so as you say- Stand by to Stand by and get out your packing boxes! ... Stay strong girls and you know where we are if you need us!

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  • SarimeDecember 09, 2010 - 8:22 am

    10-36.... Your comments are very strong and I can see that you are literally affected by Kollars poor decisions. Have you and your peers considered (or taken a step toward) raising a red flag internally at Kollar. Afterall he is affecting you and your image, just like you do to him while serving the public. The union is thre for a reason, and your president needs you to come forward to say STOP.

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  • 10-36December 09, 2010 - 9:07 am

    The flag has been raised and flown for months now- Kollar and his cronies have done everything they can to bury it internally- numerous times- And yes the union president has tried to get things stopped with no effect (we are talking about the union president that has had death threats made to him by his co workers right? The threats that we buried internally?) Since things can't be stopped internally- it looks like it will have to be handeled "out of the house" and in the public.... And before anyone asks- No you wont get my real name because yes they will come after me for "bringing disgrace or disrupute to the department" for speaking my mind

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  • SarimeDecember 09, 2010 - 11:17 am

    Fred really said it in his 'Mission Statement' ...we will continue our pursuit of excellence to enhance the quality of life, security and FAIRNESS to ALL. Sheriff D'Agostini... Take care of this clown!

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  • kim clarkDecember 10, 2010 - 1:31 am

    It's sad to say but unless those women are black they are not going to get anything. Black people have more rights and get more chances than the test of us.

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  • kim clarkDecember 10, 2010 - 1:44 am

    Does anyone know why Jeff Neves left a year early?

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  • White Flower GirlDecember 10, 2010 - 6:13 am

    kim dear, if you were Jeff Neves and knew ahead of time this was going to hit the sheriff's office like an out of control train, would you stay or leave? He makes 250k on the backs of us tax payers in retirement. I've met Neves in person, he always has that deer in the head lights look on his face. Now I know why. Honey, it wont matter what color these girls are, when your right your right. Being fired may be a gift from heaven. The delivery is a little puzzling, being sent through the devil and all, but they say the lord works in mysterious ways.

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  • whoa thereDecember 10, 2010 - 6:50 am

    Kim- What does the color of a person's skin have to do with the behavior of the Sheriff's Office? The behavior that is being talked about is sexual harassment/ retaliation/ double standards (I'm sure there's more, but I haven't read all the sites) And the fact that the Sheriff's Office is firing the ladies in the pending federal lawsuit that was filed against the department and some of its employees (from prior posts it's plain to see that this has been an ongoing situation) I’m going out on a limb here, but from what I can tell, the "unelected" Sheriff and the prior Sheriff (Deer in the headlight) are both aware of the problems and did nothing to stop the situation, and from what I understand, If you don't stop it, you are enabling others by your inactions(condoning it) and sometimes even joining in. What a horrible system! My question is what has been done about the people named in the lawsuit? (It was filed over the summer- it’s been 6 months- and did you know it take anywhere from 3 to 9 months or more to put one together? Yes I asked a civil attorney- So we are looking at anywhere from 9 to 15 months that this has been in the works) Has anything at all been done? Has the “unelected” Sheriff even looked into the complaints? Or has he pushed them to the side to cover his “friends”? Or is firing the ladies a warning to the other women in the department to either continue to take the abuse or be fired (the ultimate retaliation)? Anyone ???

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  • White Flower GirlDecember 10, 2010 - 7:22 am

    Whoa there, very perceptive observations and questions. As I understand things the aggressor of the female deputy has been placed on administrative leave. But not fired yet. Hmm, wonder if it has anything to do with the fact he is the son of a LT. that suddenly retired early recently? Funny thing, the female victim gets fired. Deputy predator should be back trolling (I mean patrolling) our neighborhoods soon. Y'all best keep your young pretty daughters in the house when you see a patrol car. As for the others named in the law suits, one just made a run for sheriff, he failed miserably with his antics, (lying, setting up his opponent, disgraceful mail pieces, etc.) Couldn't put him on leave, he might loose, and the GOB's club could be destroyed. As for the others, they're administrators, (GOB administrators) Their needed, they know to much. ( One even has a wife that works for the DA's office) There are a few words that come to mind when I think about our sheriff's department management, corruption, lies, criminals, self serving, did I mention corrupt? or dishonest? or self promoting? Whoa there, you hit it right on, retaliation. Classic example right in front of your eyes boys and girls.

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  • 10-36December 10, 2010 - 8:37 am

    White flower girl- correct- the plan is for the retired Lt's son to stay with the department, recieve disciplinary action before the elected Sheriff takes office, so he can't be in "double jeopordy" and recieve the needed action (FIRING)....but let's all admit, the boy learned well at his Daddy's knee's on how to treat the female staff and public.... and remember not all of the male staff at the department are that way, but there is a high majority in administration and with the GOB's and their followers, and yes all the ladies in the lawsuit are targeted for temination... the elected Sheriff has his work cut out for him

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  • Just Go away!December 10, 2010 - 9:07 am

    Let us all hope that PUNITIVE damages are assessed against Kollar personally for his actions, he needs to be held accountable for once in his life, he skated on this for 30 years in the corrupt climate he fostered and as any rotten tree does it finally collapses on itself.The gals who filed suit are brave and will come out o.k. in the end because new leadership is taking over. They stood up for many employees who were attacked by this gang for many years, both male and female, many careers were ruined by this evil gang. Now these good ol' boys are very angry that the illegal actions. secret recrodings, following, and harassing of the women and D'agostini didn't work like it always did before. Now the swift kick of justice needs to step in and orange jumpsuits in a federal prison for corruption and conspiracy and organized crime should be the road ahead for them. One thing this election did was finally expose the good ol' boys and their supporters, now it is time for them to get thier long overdue justice.

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  • SarimeDecember 10, 2010 - 9:27 am

    We as supporters of these women are a very small voice, but our voice needs to be heard. The women are all represented by the same attorney, a very intelligent attorney, Douglas Watts. I'm 100% positive he hasn't heard 'all' the stories that could be used against this corrupt dept. to defend these women. CALL HIM, in anomity, use your name, use a fake name... We CAN help these individuals who have stood up for themselves and are being "beat up" as we sit back and watch. Do something about it, instead of complaining. Not to meantion there termination falls right before Christmas... Support the women and reach out to them with encouragement. This is the opportunity for this county to finally serve justice to the SHERIFF who is dangerously negligent.

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  • samireDecember 10, 2010 - 9:39 am

    Would anyone allow a boy at school to punch there daughter in the face and not do anything about it? NO... We are allowing it to happen to adult women who have put there very lives on the line to protect us and our families. I am enraged!

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  • whoa thereDecember 10, 2010 - 9:45 am

    Anyone else heard of the whistleblower act? Seems like a clear violation from what I've read.....this is going to be expensive to the taxpayers!

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  • Silence DogoodDecember 10, 2010 - 11:23 am

    I saw this movie "Walking Tall" where a corrupt unelected Sheriff and his gang of miscreants did whatever they wanted while the D.A. turned a blind eye......This blog holds much new and important info. and also goes to show there are many great deputies in the Dept. who are trying to rid our County of the corrupt Good Ol Boy's Gang despite death threats and terminations....Also, we have a newly elected Sheriff from outside ED Co. coming in January who has both the desire and nards to wipe out the GOB's...But, he really has his work cut out for him and I expect a civil war inside the SO before it's all over......What bothers me most, is the overall lack of public support for all those on the front lines fighting the Good ol Boy's Gang...It's EVERY citizen's job to get involved and help take this trash out...It's time to give the GOB's some payback...

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  • Just Go away!December 10, 2010 - 11:53 am

    The civil war in the S.O. is long overdue and part of the clean up and swamp draining. It is a very simple process, those without integrity, honesty, morals, values and the best interests of the citizen's and the department need to find new employment elsewhere, maybe Reno where Kollar has been living for sometime. Be sure to leave a forwarding address for future reference as needed for follow up investigation of the GOB'S as it is coming soon.

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  • common senceDecember 10, 2010 - 11:55 am

    Terminating those women had to be one of the most ridiculous display of crap I have ever seen. This just seem so simple to me: Whether or not these womens' claims are true or not, (I personally believe they are as one of the women is a personal friend of mine) YOU DO NOT FIRE THEM UNTIL THE CASE IS RESOLVED! If they claims are true, then the county is going to have a huge wrongfull termintaion lawsuit. Nice for the exiting Sheriff that he gets to fire them and run from office like a coward. If their claims were false, fine, THEN fire them. I can't stand Gloria Allred but I would give my left arm to see her get involved in this lawsuit.

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  • so sick of thisDecember 10, 2010 - 12:47 pm

    If that retired Lt.'s son is staying on the force, they are allowing a sexual predator with a badge out on the streets. The public is going to have to do something. Know some young girls he has asked sexual favors from and they are growing up and realizing the truth needs to come out. His wife needs to get a clue.

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  • KnowyouropponentDecember 10, 2010 - 1:13 pm

    Get those girls to come forward after dagostini gets in office. The more everyone speaks up, the more strength is gained to run the good old boys out of the office!!!! I know those girls exist too....

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  • so sick of thisDecember 10, 2010 - 1:24 pm

    Trust me. There are some ticked off parents with some clout. They don't care that their daughters are adults, they will back them 100%. We are waiting for Sheriff D'Agostini!!!!

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  • whoa thereDecember 10, 2010 - 1:27 pm

    Oh my.........looks like the public has had more then enough of the behavior of the current Sheriff and his "cronies"

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  • KnowyouropponentDecember 10, 2010 - 1:29 pm

    Thats nice to know. So many women are coming forward. It is supporting everything in the lawsuits.

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  • Just Go away!December 10, 2010 - 3:04 pm

    There are many heros in this story about how the corrupt Kollar Kingdom was brought down, the people, the voters, the gals and their lawsuit, all of the people who worked for D'agostini and John himself proved that it can be done and it was. Yes there is one blank of a MESS to clean up, there are many sudden reitrements soon and good ol' boys to be placed on admin leave. there are many who should be filling out applications. But, one thing is clear, a new direction is coming soon, as D'agostini warned the GOB'S " If you haven't done anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about." This covers a solid 20% of the dept. who form the GOB's and will help the budget greatly when they leave, the large number of needless admin employees and their six figure pay will also soon be cut by 50% or so , the take home cars are over for most except on-call people, the special detail assignments are about over for most as well, yes they will actually have to go back to work now instead of acting like detectives on t.v. all of these steps are way overdue, but they are coming. The GOB'S have two-three weeks left, Who knows what other stunts might be attempted, but it is refreshing to know they are about done!

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  • White Flower GirlDecember 10, 2010 - 6:00 pm

    Well golly gee, y'all made it through the whole day and nobody even mentioned the new promotions and raises handed out by our good for nothing rent a sheriff Kollar. Yep you heard correctly folks, Court sgt. moves to detectives, and receives a 5% pay increase. (that's a responsible thing to do in a budget crunch) Female sgt moved to "special enforcement detail" wow, now we pay two very capable deputies and a sgt to do a job that needs two max. (I guess loyalty paid off for her with the GOB's, I just wonder if that club has gone co-ed?) And finally a deputy is promoted up to bailiffs. (any body care to guess what the pay increase will be?) Folks, what in the holly hell is going on here? This rent a sheriff isn't worth a used rope to hang him with. BOS you should've just hired a security guard to run the department, better quality of service and cheaper too.

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  • ED.MOMDecember 10, 2010 - 6:16 pm

    I'm gonna make a predication that all these people who moved are part of Therkildsen's group maybe? And lets also think that these moves probably aren't cost effective (but what the heck- Kollar just fired 3 ladies who are suing the department so there's some cost savings there right?) And John won't be able to remove them without them filing a complaint about the now loss of income.......Didn't someone already say that Kollar was moving the GOB's around to try and keep the corrupt structure intact before the elected Sheriff get's into office? So much for professional behavior!

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  • Irishcop7195December 10, 2010 - 9:00 pm

    I hope our new Sheriff is paying close attention to what is going on here. As stated in an open debate during the campaign it was suggested that an outside agency or person may need to be brought in to investigate the goings on of the current administration structure. On the surface here, the EDSO stinks of corruption,the entire admin and some of the underlings most certainly have a hand in this, therefore are subject to criminal prosecution. Newly elected AG Harris seems to have no issue with upsetting law enforcement. This should be an ideal situation for her to start her tenure as AG. After all, jailing a sheriff would look good on her re-election resume. Sweetening the deal, is jailing a few more of the participants, and even a recently retired sheriff. The citizens of El Dorado County need to see justice served, they showed their awareness of that on November 2nd by ridding themselves of the good ol boy network. Sheriff D'Agostini, you have your work cut out for you. We the citizens DO NOT hold you responsible for the past administrators actions, but we do demand you do your best to repair it. May the force be with you

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  • T. Yonkers goes Bonkers on El Dorado County BSDecember 11, 2010 - 12:54 am

    POOR LITTLE FREDDY KOLLAR DUMB DE DE DUMB DUMB.........................HE IS A CLASSLESS CLUELESS HAIRLESS TOP BRASS OF CORRUPTION IN LAW ENFORCEMENT IN EL DORADO COUNTY. LET NEVADA HAVE HIM MAYBE HE CAN GET HIRED AT THE BUNNY RANCH IN CARSON CITY SINCE HE HAS SO MUCH EXPERIENCE SCREWING WITH PEOPLE.

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  • I'll be movingMarch 11, 2011 - 2:54 pm

    Did anyone really expect anything to change? Telling lies is what EDSO does and that follows right into other county agencies.Those attorneys at Senior Legal Services are a disgrace.CPS/APS same story.More more more budget cuts!

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  • Phil VeerkampJanuary 24, 2014 - 3:07 pm

    Joe Harn has no worries. We the tax payers will clean up on aisle 5 of Auditor-Controller ~~~> LINK - Chris McCaffree names JOE HARN, cites sexual abuse, in OPEN-ON-THE-RECORD BOS meeting ~~~ Three relevant statements by Chris McCaffree at ~~~ 00:27:50 ~~~ 01:19:43 ~~~ 03:04:17

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