Firing San Diego County Sheriff deputies who misbehave isn’t easy.
Just ask Sheriff Bill Gore, who occasionally has to sue to keep problem deputies from returning to the job. Sometimes, even that doesn’t work, reports Mario Koran.
Koran highlights the case of Jeffrey Hornacek, a deputy fired earlier this year after struggling to get through his field training. After the deputy made a series of mistakes, Gore decided he was unfit for public service.
The county’s Civil Service Commission, an independent review board to which county employees can appeal disciplinary actions, reinstated Hornacek.
In June, Gore filed a lawsuit against the commission, it abused its discretion.
The case provides a rare look at officer discipline proceedings, which have effectively been hidden from public view in California since a court decision in 2006. Koran uses the opportunity to take a closer look at some of the past actions of the Civil Service Commission, which does uphold terminations in some of the most egregious cases of deputy misconduct.