Judge Declines to Overturn Reinstatement of Fired LA Sheriff's Deputy

After months of back and forth between the Sheriff’s Department and the Board of Supervisors in Los Angeles County, a Superior Court Judge declined to immediately intervene with a decision to reinstate a fired sheriff’s deputy. 

L.A. County Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff scheduled a full hearing on the facts of the case for June. The ruling comes among months of sparring between the County Board of Supervisors and the Sheriff’s Department.

The sheriff’s deputy, Caren Carl Mandoyan, had been fired in 2016 by former Sheriff Jim McDonnell amid accusations of domestic abuse. Mandoyan was reinstated to his position in December 2018 by newly elected L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva.

The Board of Supervisors has brought the case against the Sheriff’s department arguing that Villanueva did not have the authority to reinstate the fired deputy. The county’s case rests on a stipulation that “reinstated” personnel must be overseen by the county’s personnel director who falls under the Supervisors’ purview. The Sheriff’s department asserts that the Sheriff has broad authority over personnel in his department and that “rehiring” the deputy was allowed.

Judge Beckloff issued a narrow ruling on the matter saying that the issue did not warrant an emergency order to intervene by removing Mandoyan. The judge set a court hearing on the facts scheduled for June. Mandoyan reportedly volunteered on Villanueva’s campaign.

Read more about the case and decision at the LA Times.


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