Pathologist disputes circumstances of her Sheriff’s Office departure

By From page A9 | January 22, 2014

Richard R. Calkins

Richard R. Calkins

FAIRFIELD — The doctor who conducted most of the autopsies in Solano County homicide cases since 2009 is disputing the Sheriff’s Office claims made last week that she retired in December.

In an email sent Jan. 7 to the Solano County District Attorney’s Office, Dr. Susan Hogan states that she was abruptly fired.

She states that she was escorted from the building by two sheriff’s deputies who she said had their hands on their guns. She states that she was screamed at by a senior member of the Sheriff’s Office staff, and claims that numerous people in the department’s administration have given up pensions and quit their jobs since former Sheriff Gary Stanton retired in October 2012.

“I gave Solano County my best – and I was treated badly for five years and then fired,” she wrote. “I am 60 years old and I need to get on with my life without worrying about my answering the door or opening my email.”

Sheriff Thomas A. Ferrara declined to comment on Hogan’s claims. Sheriff’s public information officer Deputy Daryl Snedeker, in a statement Tuesday, said Hogan retired in December 2013. “Anything in addition to that is a personnel issue and we can’t talk about it,” Snedeker said in the statement. “I met with the sheriff this morning and from the Sheriff’s Office perspective there is nothing to talk about.”

Hogan’s email was received by prosecutors the same day the Daily Republic reported Hogan had recently told prosecutors she would rather go to jail than testify in the jury trial of Richard R. Calkins.

Calkins is accused of fatally shooting Richard M. Perez, 20, and Cameron S. Silva, 21, before wounding Sarah Berkheimer on Nov. 16, 2010, as they were eating psilocybin mushrooms and watching “Family Guy” on television.

Calkins’ defense attorney is questioning why Hogan abruptly left the Sheriff’s Office. He recently had a subpoena issued to county officials seeking copies of Hogan’s personnel file and any records about Hogan’s work kept separately by the Sheriff’s Office. Prosecutors are also seeking to obtain all of Hogan’s records.

Prosecutors recently provided several local attorneys who have pending cases in which Hogan conducted autopsies with some information about her departure from the Sheriff’s Office. Some of those attorneys say nothing in those recently provided documents explains Hogan’s hasty departure.

Attorneys for the county were in court Tuesday and asked Judge Donna Stashyn to not order release of Hogan’s records.

Stashyn ordered the county lawyers to bring all of Hogan’s records with them to court Jan. 30 for a hearing that will likely end with Stashyn rescheduling the start date of Calkins’ jury trial.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • The MisterJanuary 22, 2014 - 7:06 am

    Reminds me of my cat in the neighbor's yard... doin' a fast cover-up before he get's found out! (If you have a cat, you'll know what I mean.)

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  • Mike KirchubelJanuary 22, 2014 - 12:11 pm

    Her email comments on various cases, were, in my opinion, appalling.

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