Ex-Vacaville Police Chief Picked As Sheriff's Watchdog


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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, September 4, 2007

The Board of Supervisors Tuesday appointed Lee Dean as the county’s first-ever inspector general. The retired Vacaville Police Chief was picked over 60 other applicants. But some community groups say the public should have had more input. During Tuesday's board meeting Supervisor Susan Peters defended the process. 

"I would guess that when Mr. Dean moves on to another position that the process might be changed next time. It’s the first time we’ve gone through it and sometimes it’s not perfect. I would move staff recommendation." 

Although some citizen’s groups complained about the lack of community involvement, most agreed that Dean was the right candidate to bring transparency to the Sheriff’s Department.

The decision to create the inspector general position came after complaints over excessive force and poor medical care at the Main Jail.