By O.C. Supervisor Shawn Nelson
On a bifurcated vote, the Board voted 3-2 to contract with Michael Gennaco at $10,000 per month until December 31, 2015 and 4-1 to retain the current Executive Director, Stephen Connolly, at $17,500 per month plus car allowance also until the end of the year.
The contract with Mr. Gennaco took effect immediately on a monthly pro-rated basis and will provide for his assistance in developing the ordinances, policies and model for independent oversight of Orange County law enforcement agencies. To read the contract in full, click here. Separately, the current Executive Director’s contract, due to expire August 31, 2015, was extended to December 31, 2015. The monthly salary and car allowance are $17,500 and $765, respectively, plus expense reimbursement.
In his dissent on both votes, Supervisor Nelson noted the inherent conflict in Mr. Gennaco working with the Orange County OIR Executive Director together at the OIR Group and serving as a reference for him while simultaneously critiquing the role and shortcomings of the OIR in Orange County since 2008. In addition, continuing to pay the Executive Director’s salary for four more months provides no further transparency, accountability or value to the public or federal authorities.
The current mission of the OIR is to strengthen the response of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to its critical incidents and allegations of officer misconduct, and to increase the public’s confidence in that response, by providing full-time civilian oversight. More information is available at ocoir.ocgov.com.