With just more than a month before the Sheriff’s Office absorbs the San
Carlos Police Department, officials on both sides of the agreement are
readying for the Oct. 31 transfer and current deputies are very
interested in moving to the new bureau.
Sheriff’s Office staff say the newly-created San Carlos bureau has
generated more interest from deputies and sergeants than any other
assignment in recent memory. Approximately 20 percent of them applied
to work in San Carlos.
First though, there is still some administrative housekeeping to
dissolve the San Carlos Police Department and establish the new San
Carlos bureau of the Sheriff’s Office.
On Tuesday morning, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors is
expected to sign off on the contact transferring San Carlos’ equipment,
facilities and personnel to the county. The board previously held its
first reading on an ordinance absorbing 28 workers and will also have a
final adoption Tuesday.
On Monday night, the San Carlos City Council — which already
signed off unanimously on the contract — will revisit the matter with
an update on where all parties stand.
The contract hands the county $4,460,471.55 for the first year
of the five-year agreement ending June 30, 2015 and is estimated to
save the city of San Carlos approximately $2 million annually over the
cost of keeping police service in-house.
The financially-challenged city began considering outsourcing
police, fire, parks maintenance and payroll late last year after voters
defeated a half-cent sales tax measure. The alternative was
across-the-board cuts that outsourcing proponents said would leave
public safety hobbled and still not completely fix a $3.5 million
Outsourcing police services guarantees round-the-clock patrols,
maintenance of existing response times, restoring full-time traffic
enforcement, an increased number of detectives and investigators and
more personnel if needed in the event of a large-scale emergency.
Although the city and county have been talking about how to
change over since the San Carlos City Council chose the Sheriff’s
Office for outsourcing, little could actually be done until the
agreement was approved. Now that it is in place, the process is moving
quickly with action nearly daily, according to an update compiled by
Police Chief Greg Rothaus.
To date, all full-time San Carlos Police Department employees
have signed conditional offers and are undergoing physicals. In
mid-October, the county’s human resources department will begin
explaining medical plans and benefit options.
Two sheriff’s sergeants and six deputy sheriffs were chosen for
the San Carlos bureau and they will work with three San Carlos
sergeants and seven officers. Cmdr. Greg Hart will act as liaison
between the San Carlos and Menlo Park police departments because the
two have a dispatch agreement. Records and other systems are also being
All San Carlos employees will have a final meeting and group
photo Sept. 29 and, on Nov. 1, will be sworn into the Sheriff’s Office
at the historical courthouse in Redwood City.
The San Carlos City Council meets 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27 at City Hall, 600 Elm St., San Carlos.
The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors meets 9 a.m. Tuesday,
Sept. 28 in Board Chambers, 400 County Government Center, Redwood City.