MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff Varney today announced a reorganization of administrative duties within the Madera County Sheriff’s Office command staff. The formation of a Professional Standards Division is one of the significant changes in the reorganization.
This unit will be overseen by Lieutenant Darin McMechan and will be responsible for departmental training, the personnel selection process, and Internal Affairs investigations.
“The citizens of Madera County deserve excellent service from their Sheriff’s Office and this new Division will streamline the process of selecting and training personnel, as well as ensuring that our staff is performing in an exemplary manner,” says Sheriff Varney.
Another significant change involves organizing resources based on function rather than location.
“We believe this strategy will better serve our citizens throughout the County,” says Sheriff Varney. Patrol resources will now report to Lieutenant Tyson Pogue and Investigative resources countywide now report to Lieutenant Bill Ward. Lieutenants Pogue and Ward will be spending time each week at both the Oakhurst substation and at the Madera office.
The Sheriff’s Records Division, Civil Division, and Court Security Division will continue to be led by Lieutenant Patrick Majeski, who will also oversee the Sheriff’s Business Office. Lieutenant Pogue will continue to oversee the Emergency Services Division, which now includes Search & Rescue and SWAT. Lieutenant Ward will continue to handle Public Information and Media Affairs. Lieutenant McMechan will oversee Dispatch, Property and Evidence, and CCW Permits.
“It is my hope and expectation that these changes will result in further improvements in how we deliver service to the citizens of Madera County,” says Sheriff Varney.