Former Asst Sheriff George Jaramillo Arrested

It looks like the DA’s finally brought charges against former Asst. Sheriff George Jaramillo. The Register’s all over it (registration):

SANTA ANA — Fired Assistant Sheriff George Jaramillo, who once hoped to become the county’s top cop, was arrested Wednesday and charged with using department resources to benefit a company that paid him $25,000 in consulting fees.

Jaramillo, accompanied by his attorney, surrendered to Santa Ana City Jail at 11 a.m., where he was booked on six counts of felony misappropriation of public funds and four counts of misdemeanor conflict of interest.

He later pleaded not guilty before Superior Court Judge Marc Kelly in Santa Ana and was released on $25,000 bail.

(Love the mugshot they plastered on the frontpage, by the way.)

I’ve followed the Jaramillo story with considerable interest. I’ve actually met the guy on a couple occassions, and I can confirm rumors. He was power hungry. He was the Sheriff’s strong man.

For me, that’s more an observation on the way Jaramillo carried himself, and the duties to which he was routinely assigned by Sheriff Corona. There was an attitude, often implicit, those at times explicit– Jaramillo was a man who could get things done, if you were willing to play ball.

Kudos to Larry Welborn, Tony Saavedra and Aldrin Brown, they paint with broad strokes and deliver on the big picture. Which involves much more than Mr. Jaramillo.

There’s every indication that the impropriety extends all the way to the top. And from the looks of things, it sounds like George is primed to roll over.

2 Comments so far

  1. Joel Sax (unregistered) on September 30th, 2004 @ 1:58 pm

    With the way that the Register covered up the spending excesses by the OC DA, it’s about time that they did their job when it comes to the peccadillos of law enforcement.

    Or are they just helping pave the way for someone more to their liking at the top?

  2. Ronnie Bass (unregistered) on September 30th, 2004 @ 5:16 pm

    Funny how the Los Angeles Times mentions that OC Weekly’s coverage of Jaramillo ended up getting him fired (and arrested, for that matter), but the OC Register makes no reference to this. The excerpt from the Times:

    The sheriff didn’t know about his aide’s business relationship until earlier this year when he was shown a story in the alternative newspaper OC Weekly that revealed Jaramillo’s compensation, the complaint says. Jaramillo was fired days later.

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