In early November, Sheriff Richard C. Scholl made the announcement that he was going to retire as Sheriff-Coroner as of December 20th, 2012.
â€śI have been honored to be the 21st person to serve as Sheriff-Corner of Mono County. To have the trust of the employees and the citizens over these past six years has truly been a privilege. I know our accomplishments have outweighed the defeats and I believe the Sheriffâ€™s Office is poised to continue moving forward in a positive manner under the direction of Undersheriff Ralph Obenberger,â€ť stated Sheriff Scholl.
Today, the Mono County Board of Supervisors officially appointed and swore in Undersheriff Obenberger to the seat of Sheriff-Coroner.
Undersheriff Obenberger has been in law enforcement for over 27 years. He started his career with the Los Angeles County Sheriffâ€™s Office for 15 years before moving to Mono County. Over the course of his career, he has worked as a Patrol Deputy, Special Assignment Deputy, Training Officer, Dispatcher, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Chief Deputy Coroner, and Undersheriff.
â€śI believe I have excellent communications with all of my staff and employees, as well as allied agencies and other county departments. With all that said, I feel that I am very qualified and suited for taking on the responsibilities of the Office of the Sheriff,â€ť stated Obenberger.
As Undersheriff Obenberger comes into his new role as Sheriff, there are three main challenges he sees the department facing: how Mono County will handle AB109 Realignment due to the larger number of inmates now being housed in the county facility rather than being sent to State Prison; dealing with manpower issues and residency issues within the Sheriffâ€™s Office; and the changes occurring within the Mammoth Lakes Police Department and the Town of Mammoth Lakes and those impacts on the Sheriffâ€™s Office.
â€śThere are always challenges moving into a new position of responsibility. With that in mind, the ultimate responsibility for the Sheriff is the safety of the residents and visitors of Mono County. I will do whatever is necessary to ensure that safety,â€ť says Obenberger. â€śI am confident that with the staff and employees of the Mono County Sheriffâ€™s Office, we can accomplish anything.â€ť
Undersheriff Obenberger will officially take his seat as Sheriff-Coroner on Thursday, December 20th at 5:01 p.m.