Jail Administrator’s Contract Terminated

Following extensive closed-door executive session discussions last Tuesday afternoon, Sierra County Commissioners reconvened the board’s regular public session and voted unanimously to terminate the contract of Detention Center Administrator Curtis Cherry. As a result, County Manager Mark Huntzinger said Sierra County Sheriff Joe Baca would immediately assume administrative responsibilities for the Detention Center until a replacement for Cherry could be hired. On February 5, in response to numerous documented incidents, the Sierra County Sheriff’s Department officers and a team of law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant on the Detention Center facility. This search netted a significant amount of contraband materials from inmate cells, including controlled substances, weapons and other prohibited items. The February 5 action also resulted in a misdemeanor citation of Detention Center staff member Ryan Reese for possession of a switchblade knife. Sierra County authorities’ immediate response was to transfer three inmates, who were…