Sheriff’s Office Salaries & Staffing Issues

More than 40 employees have left the operations & administration divisions of the sheriffs office in the last 4 years. Many of these were long time employees who understood the salary issues. I have personally spoken with or know others who have had direct conversations with a lot of those who have left, as well as several who are still employed at the SO.

As I understand it, salary is not the only, nor even the primary, reason for the exodus. Morale at the SO has been very low for quite a few years and has gotten increasingly worse in recent years. This issue isn’t discussed – IT NEEDS TO BE!

There are a lot of questions we should be asking of the prospective sheriffs and as citizens who have a critical interest in the future management of our county law enforcement, we should not be criticized for asking the hard questions:

  • Why has the SO been giving $1M per year in annual salary savings back to the county? And for how long?
  • How do the SO salaries compare to other county employee salaries?
  • What other options are available to manage the staffing issues?
  • What actions have been taken and why?
  • What would the new sheriff do differently?
  • What is and will be done to address morale issues and identify other reasons for employee retainment challenges?

It would also help to really talk with former employees, each of the BOS members, and other county employees who might be familiar with these issues.

I also encourage those who are concerned about the salaries to do some research. Transparent California is a website that makes government employee salaries available publicly. You can filter by Tehama County and 2021 – then search by “sheriff” to see the salaries. Is it less than other agencies? Yes. Is it not a livable wage in Tehama County?

Below are the Tehama County SO salaries so people can quickly see the 2020 salaries. Please note that if a certain individuals salary seems to be significantly lower, it means they were not paid for the entire year, but you can get a good idea of the salaries being paid. Now – while I do agree that our entire county needs to increase wages, I also understand that we do not live in a rich county.

That MUST be taken into consideration when we address salary issues. We are not going to compete with Shasta County.

The median household income for the US is $65,712.

The median household income for Tehama County is $44,514. Shasta County is $54,667.

I personally believe our BOS and County Administrator can and should do a better job of managing the county budget and finding new ways to increase income for the county. Salary issues will not change until our county budget management changes.

In the meantime, our sheriff and his key management team are going to have to find creative ways to retain staff, hire new staff, and provide necessary services to our community.

The question we as citizens need to answer ourselves is who will be able to best utilize the current staffing and find creative ways to bring in new employees?

Talk to the men running – call them and ask to meet. Talk to ex-employees (seek them out – they’re not hard to find, Chad is one, my husband is one, there are 4 more on Chads campaign, there are several that have gone to work at the RBPD and other county agencies).

Author: Shawn

"The burden of suffering seems a tombstone hung about our necks, while in reality it is only a weight which is necessary to keep down the diver while he is hunting for pearls" Jean Paul Richter

3 thoughts on “Sheriff’s Office Salaries & Staffing Issues”

  1. Hi Shawn, I am in favor of these questions and I pray that the new sheriff will be a more effective one than the current. I really liked Dave but his policies are undesirable! There’s no morale nor any public service. I care about those who work there, particularly the detectives who are effective in helping people. There has to be service to the residents of Tehama County. I will be studying the candidates well but I can tell you I will never vote for a Liberal person. Vicki

    —————————————–From: “Tehama Citizens for Freedom” To: thechildrensartist@charter.net Cc: Sent: Friday March 25 2022 12:49:14PM Subject: [New post] Sheriff’s Office Salaries & Staffing Issues

    Shawn posted: ” More than 25 employees have left the operations & administration divisions of the sheriffs office in the last 3 years. Many of these were long time employees who understood the salary issues. I have personally spoken with or know others who have ha”

  2. Hi Shawn, I am in favor of these questions and I pray that the new sheriff will be a more effective one than the current. I really liked Dave but his policies are undesirable! There’s no morale nor any public service. I care about those who work there, particularly the detectives who are effective in helping people. There has to be service to the residents of Tehama County. I will be studying the candidates well but I can tell you I will never vote for a Liberal person. Vicki

    —————————————– From: “Tehama Citizens for Freedom” To: thechildrensartist@charter.net Cc: Sent: Friday March 25 2022 12:49:14PM Subject: [New post] Sheriff’s Office Salaries & Staffing Issues

    Shawn posted: ” More than 25 employees have left the operations & administration divisions of the sheriffs office in the last 3 years. Many of these were long time employees who understood the salary issues. I have personally spoken with or know others who have ha”

    1. Hello Vicki. Sheriff Hencratt is a good man and a great cop. Unfortunately he has others in his command structure who have destroyed the agency. It breaks my heart.

      The Sheriff is not running again. His 3rd in command, Dave Kain is running.

      Please check out Chad Parker for Sheriff on either Facebook or Telegram. He has a realistic perspective of the staffing and morale issues and has been very supportive of Tehama Citizens for Freedom. He will be attending the Constitutional Sheriff training next weekend in Live Oak. He is very receptive to communication so feel encouraged to talk with him!

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