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In a recent story El Dorado County sheriff’s Capt. Craig Therkildsen stated that a thousand dollars had been spent to send STAR (Sheriff’s Team of Active Retirees) volunteers to a crime prevention training conference that was 10 years ago. The STARs who are now working crime prevention and our community service officer, Raye Smith, had recently requested to attend a conference in Los Angeles. They were willing to pay for their own transportation and lodging, but the request was denied. We have our own budget, which is submitted by our CSO, but I’m sure the denial was due to the budget cuts in the Sheriff’s Department.
I’ve been a STAR volunteer for 10 years. During these years only our CSO has remained the same. All others in the chain of command have changed.Capt. Mark Getchel was with us until Capt. Therkildsen returned to this position.
Changes in budget or staff do not change the STAR volunteers’ desire to serve the Sheriff’s Department and the county.
El Dorado Hills