The Civil Liabilities Division is a unique division within the Sheriff’s Department. Its staff includes the following personnel:
1 lieutenant who serves as the division commander
1 sergeant who prepares civil defense and litigation
1 sergeant who serves as the department modified duty coordinator and worker’s compensation liaison
1 civil investigator who prepares civil defense discovery and conducts claim against the county investigations
1 supervising registered nurse who conducts claim against the county investigations involving medical related issues arising within the Corrections Bureau
2 office assistant III’s who answer all subpoena requests
1 office assistant II who answers walk up counter issues and assists in subpoena responses.
1 division secretary
1 part time sergeant who prepares medical disability packets
1 part time professional staff employee who assists in civil litigation preparation.
The civil liabilities division coordinates with the department of risk management, County counsel and independent law firms in defending the department and its employees in state and federal litigation. The nature of litigation issues range from lethal force encounters, traffic accidents, in-custody deaths, property issues and use of force incidents. Its members attend court ordered mediations (where cases sometimes settle out of court), depositions of employees, debriefings of major events, closed board of supervisor sessions and civil trials. Its staff members also teach at several law enforcement related training sessions which include the basic academy, advanced officer - field training officer, sergeant 101 and the probation department's core course.
The division also processes worker compensation claims involving volunteers, professional and safety employees as well as all medical disability retirements before submission to the retirement board.
Issues handled by the S.B. County Sheriff's Civil Liabilities Division include but are not limited to:
Officer involved shootings
Use of force incidents
Unit involved traffic accidents
Public Records Act requests
Workers' compensation claims
Civil subpoenas for employee appearances
Processing and answering subpoenas for records, logs, etc.