Supervisor Sheila Kuehl released the following statement in response to Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s press conference Wednesday on court order halting his decision to rehire former campaign aide Carl Mandoyan:

“It’s very telling that Sheriff Villanueva started off the press conference by immediately violating the court order ordering him to cease referring to Mr. Mandoyan as “Deputy.”

“As to his relationship with the Board, he continuously refers to us as “powerful,” as though that’s a pejorative. But it is clear, as the elected government of the County and its ordinances, we have a deep responsibility to challenge any elected official and uphold the law no matter how personally loyal the Sheriff is to a colleague and supporter who was terminated because of domestic violence and lying about it.

“Once the employee review process ruling receives a final decision by the Civil Service Commission, the Sheriff, just like any other department head, cannot go back and rehire the terminated employee.

The Sheriff keeps insisting he simply wants to “do the job he was elected to do.” Upholding the law is paramount to that job, and that does not include keeping a violent ex-employee on the beat.”