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Grand Jury Issues Scathing Report on Yolo County Sheriff

Posted June 11th, 2014 @ 6:14am by KFBK News - Tim Lantz

A new grand jury report accuses Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto of "favoritism, nepotism and preferential treatment."

The report titled, "Yolo County Sheriff: Leadership Practices from the Wild, Wild West," also accuses the sheriff of "mismanagement, bad behavior and poor leadership."

So, far the Yolo supervisors are not calling for the sheriff to resign but are denouncing his alleged behavior. And, while Sheriff Prieto is not responding personally to the report, a statement issued on behalf of the department reads, "The Yolo County Sheriff’s Office appreciates and welcomes the opinions of the Grand Jury."

There is no indication in the statement that Sheriff Prieto will take any action.

See the full grand jury report here.

The Yolo County Supervisors response may be read here.

Sheriff Ed Prieto's departmental response to the grand jury report:

"The Yolo County Sheriff’s Office appreciates and welcomes the opinions of the Grand Jury.

As with any concerns brought forward, a thorough inquiry and analysis of evidence based facts will lead to enhanced procedures, policies, and protocols, if necessary.

As stated in other Grand Jury audits, the department's oversight maintains an efficient level of service to the public. We continue to strive for top performance in all sections of our department, continually search for best practices and always seek better ways to serve the public.This commitment is not only embedded in our overall mission, but also in our daily work."

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