Sonoma Sheriff Essick Might Get Censured

A Sonoma County law enforcement watchdog group is considering issuing a censure against Sheriff Mark Essick. The Community Advisory Council, the public arm of the Independent Office of Law Enforcement Outreach and Review or IOLERO, met this week and some members agree that Essick broke his own agency’s protocol barring personnel from using social media to post abusive, discriminatory or inflammatory content. The chair of the council, Evan Zelig, says that the censure wouldn’t impact the sheriff a lot but that it should be approved. He added, quote “although he (Essick) makes the policies, and enforces the policies, he should also be subject to the policies.” The talk of censure stems from an early November Facebook post in which Sheriff Essick used the Sheriff’s page to target former county law enforcement auditor Jerry Threet, accusing Threet of racially biased remarks about Assistant Sheriff Eddie Engram, who is Black.