Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office vs Civil Service Commission of Santa Barbara County

Case No.: 17CV02044     Track Rulings In Case

Nature of Proceedings: Writ of Mandate on First Amended Petition

TENTATIVE RULING: The petition for writ of administrative mandamus is denied.


This matter concerns disciplinary action taken by petitioner Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office (“SBSO”) against real party in interest, RK (for privacy reasons, real party in interest’s initials only are used), a custody deputy with SBSO. On June 17, 2013, RK was involved in an incident at the Santa Barbara County Jail in which he and another custody deputy allegedly used excessive force against an inmate while escorting the inmate from his regular cell to a more secure cell. Following an investigation of the incident, SBSO terminated RK from his employment. RK appealed his termination to respondent Civil Service Commission for the County of Santa Barbara (“Commission”). Commission conducted an evidentiary hearing and on February 6, 2017, it overturned RK’s termination and ordered h........