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Solano judge blocks bail bondsman’s bid to challenge sheriff

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Tom Toler stands in his office in Fairfield, Tuesday. Toler plans to run for County Sheriff. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

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From page A3 | March 26, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — It was an unusual start to a legal argument raised by Solano County’s top attorney trying to keep a Fairfield bail bondsman off the June primary election ballot.

County Counsel Dennis Bunting looked Judge Scott L. Kays in the eyes and quoted from the Simon and Garfunkel song, “The Boxer.”

“A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest,” Bunting said.

Kays did not bat an eye. It is unknown if Simon and Garfunkel had ever previously been cited in his court.

Bunting went on to explain that bail bondsman Joel “Tom” Toler and his attorney were misinterpreting election laws that were invoked by Solano County Registrar of Voters Ira Rosenthal back on March 7, the final day for people to declare their candidacy for the June election.

Toler wanted to unseat Sheriff Thomas Ferrara, but Rosenthal decided Toler did not have the experience for the job required by state law. The law includes a clause that candidates for sheriff must have worked as a peace officer within a year of the election.

Toler turned to the courts, asking a judge to order Rosenthal to add Toler’s name on the ballot. Toler had spent a few weeks earlier this year working as a cop in Jemez Springs, N.M., population 250. He also worked many years ago as a cop in Vacaville and in Winters.

Toler and his attorney argued the brief stint in New Mexico complies with the state law passed in the 1980s, which make no mention of the law enforcement having to be done in California. They brought with them to court declarations siding with Toler’s belief made by the former state senator who authored the law that created the work-experience requirement, along with declarations from two retired sheriffs who had sponsored the legislation.

Kays ruled the declarations were useless.

“. . . (T)he court may not assume that a party’s intention in sponsoring a bill was [the] same as the Legislature’s intention in passing the bill,” Kays said.

Toler’s attorney said county officials were simply creating an incumbent assurance program by their actions and he urged Kays to let voters be the ones to decide who they want as their sheriff.

After the hearing, Kays declined to reverse the registrar’s decision and issued a ruling that Toler had not established his qualifications for the office of sheriff. Toler, after the ruling, said his attorney would be filing an appeal Wednesday morning.

Assistant Registrar of Voters John Gardner said the county plans to have the ballot for the June 3 primary election sent off for printing Friday. Gardner declined to comment on Toler’s effort.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or jsullivan@dailyrepublic.net. 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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  • boomMarch 25, 2014 - 9:26 pm

    Wasn't considering voting for this guy. He keeps coming back and he refuses to be beat. Almost starting to like him for his sheer persistence alone. One thing I will say, if he ends up winning this appeal and we have to print out new ballots, Ira Rosenthal and judge Kays should be directly on the hook for the cost of reprinting.

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  • Bill of RightsMarch 26, 2014 - 5:26 am

    I have a fresh idea. Tom Toler can spend the course of the next 4 years trying to land a real cop job, then he can get his name on the ballot, then we can vote for someone else. He has no business running a Sheriff Office. I have to agree, the man is tenacious.

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  • MDSMarch 26, 2014 - 8:05 am

    Outstanding point. If Mr. Toler wanted to be Sheriff so bad, knowing why he was disqualified last time, why didn't he simply return to law enforcement in California and get a job here? He could have attended the required POST recertification training, passed the background, physical, and psychological exams, and been hired into a full time job with any number of agencies in California and then he would have been qualified. But of course the obvious flaw with that plan is he likely could not have passed any of those qualifications, much less found an agency that would have given him a legitimate peace officer job. So he had to try and pull a scam with a fake job in New Mexico.

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  • The ChiefMarch 26, 2014 - 7:00 am

    As it stands at this moment, Tom Toler - who I know only from reading about him in the (biased) DR - is the only candidate running for the office of Sheriff who is truly qualified. Our current "sheriff" is a product of attrition. As we all know by now, Mr. Ferrara began his illustrious career in "law enforcement", by running for coffee and newspapers for Al and the big boys. He eventually worked his way up to Chief Factotum and paper shuffler. And today - through the aforementioned attrition - finds himself wallowing in Al's big leather chair, a big boy himself! My friends, in another time the choice would have been simple: stand these two candidates side by side and Tom Toler would be Solano Sheriff today. Let's break the mold and elect someone outside of the entrenched system; someone who is not beholden to the big boys - someone who will be the People's Sheriff - Tom Toler.

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  • S KMarch 26, 2014 - 7:20 am

    I don't know anything about Toler, other than what I have read, but I must say, this has been a sleazy way to keep him off the ballot. I agree with Toler, let the voters decide. IMO from what I have read, he has done enough law enforcement, and I am sure, must know the law. I for one plan on WRITING him in. And if enough of the majority of voters does this it will nullify County Counsel Dennis Bunting's poor decision.

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  • Da BossMarch 26, 2014 - 7:50 am

    Toler does not meet the qualifications for Sheriff. He was never a full time Police Officer in Winters, he was a RESERVE and if he claims he was full time, then he is a LIAR and should be prosecuted for perjury.

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  • MDSMarch 26, 2014 - 8:11 am

    His claim was that he was full time in Winters and in Vacaville. Is that not true? The statute that requires the law enforcement experience says that the experience must comply with sections 830.1 or 830.2 of the California Penal Code. Those sections define the various full time peace officer positions within the State. Reserve peace officer qualifications are described under section 832.

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  • Da BossMarch 27, 2014 - 8:56 am

    MDS, Toler was NOT full time at Winters PD, he was a reserve under 832 PC, not 830.1 or 830.2 PC. He was a full time peace officer under 830.1 PC at Vacaville. It would be very simple for this to be cleared up. All Toler has to do is produce a peace officer profile (P101) from P.O.S.T. to the court and registrar to prove he meets the qualification. Of course he won't because he is a fraud!

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  • MDSMarch 27, 2014 - 9:23 am

    Interesting, so then how long was he with Vacaville PD? I don't currently have the qualification list in front of me, but there were like five different criteria lists that could be used to qualify to be sheriff. They varied depending on your education level. As I understood it, Toler was claiming to qualify under the exception that required 5 years of experience under Section 830.1 or 830.2. That section was for a person who had no college degree. If he was a Vacaville Police Officer that would be 830.1 time, but if he was a reserve in Winters then that doesn't count. So did Toler have five years with Vacaville PD as an 830.1 peace officer?

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  • Da BossMarch 28, 2014 - 8:00 am

    MDS, No he was with Vacaville for less than two years. He never got off probation. I believe it was less than 18 months, but there is another story to that story in Vacaville!

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  • MDSMarch 28, 2014 - 8:15 am

    So if what you're saying is true, then he doesn't qualify to run at all on multiple levels.

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  • Da BossMarch 28, 2014 - 2:42 pm

    MDS, that is correct!

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  • MDSMarch 28, 2014 - 2:56 pm

    An article in the Times-Herald contains this statement, "Toler also worked as a police officer in Vacaville and Winters in excess of four years back in the 1980s, according to court documents." Assuming you are correct and if Toler was only a reserve under 832 in Winters, then I just wonder if this court document clearly states that, or did somebody try and mislead the court to believe the Winters time was 830.1 time? County Counsel, if you're reading this you should check on that.

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  • MDSMarch 26, 2014 - 7:52 am

    Told you so! But I am disappointed that County Counsel did not attack this matter from both issues. Number 1, the law clearly states the experience must be in California. But the law also states that the experience must be as a full time paid law enforcement officer. In California and in New Mexico there are a set of standards that define what it takes to be a full time paid law enforcement officer. I see no evidence that Toler met those requirements in either state. He went to some little Podunk Police Department where the Chief was a friend of his and some how got sworn in as a Barney Fife type deputy for a couple of weeks. Although that little town may be back woods, New Mexico is not backwoods and they have a set criteria for what it takes to be a cop there. County Counsel should have also investigated that to see if Toler didn't break the law in New Mexico when getting his fake job there. That way when some appeals court rules that out of state experience counts, then they can also look at it and rule that Toler's out of state experience didn't count because it was faked.

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  • Curious ObserverMarch 26, 2014 - 10:47 am

    MDS, that is an excellent point. Based on what you wrote, and since I had some free time this morning. I decided to do a little research into this issue. I know from my experience with a local municipality that the process to hire and train a police officer is long and arduous. I found that Mr. Toler’s statement that he had worked full time for an agency in New Mexico for two weeks a bit questionable regarding the fulfillment of qualifications for the Sheriff. I will say that I do not know what process Mr. Toler went through to get hired in New Mexico but I can say the process seems to be just as arduous as California’s process. The minimum requirements for a peace officer in New Mexico are as follows: You must be 21 years of age at the time of your academy graduation. You must have a high school diploma or GED. You must have a valid New Mexico driver’s license. You must be a U.S. citizen. You must have no felonies, frequent criminal activity or improper conduct on your record and you must have an excellent driver history. You must have 20/30 corrected or 20/100 uncorrected vision along with satisfactory color and depth perception. The graduation from the academy is a training requirement. This includes a requirement to pass a physical agility test, a medical test, and a physiological test, as well as the academy itself. There is a waiver available for persons with law enforcement experience from outside the state. This waiver requires the applicant to submit a package to a training academy board for review and approval. Once the board has approved the package, the hiring agency must submit proof completion of the current forty (40) hour biennium training. Then the applicants must challenge and pass n the law enforcement officer’s certification examination (LEOCE). If the applicant fails to pass the training or test, the applicant must complete a forty (40) hour certification by waiver training program and then successfully pass with a minimum score of 70% the LEOCE. You can look up all this information on line if you are curious. http://nmlea.dps.state.nm.us/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/10.29.6_Revised_07-24-12.pdf http://www.nmcpr.state.nm.us/nmac/parts/title10/10.029.0009.htm http://law.justia.com/codes/new-mexico/2006/nmrc/jd_29-7-6-c135.html So, as I stated at the beginning, I do not know if Mr. Toler has gone through all these steps to be certified to be a peace officer in New Mexico. If he has, then he may have an argument , although it appears, from other papers reporting, the issue is that he did not have full time experience in California. My point is this, if Mr. Toler did not meet the training requirements set forth by statute in New Mexico to be a peace officer, and he is trying to portray that he did, that seems a little underhanded on his part. And if the training requirements were not fulfilled, one would think the State of New Mexico would want to look into the hiring practices of the chief who supposedly hired Mr. Toler to the full time position. .

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  • Rod FMarch 26, 2014 - 7:53 am

    Tom Toler is not a member of the Law Enforcement community and putting him on a Ballot is a waste of time and Tax Payer money.The man has made a fool out of himself and any more foolishness will make fools out of the people of Solano. If the voters want a new Sheriff get a qualified person to run for the office.

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  • CD BrooksMarch 26, 2014 - 8:04 am

    Da Boss, I'm curious why after all this time that has never come up? I don't believe there is any doubt the man's credentials are at best suspect, but this information would certainly seal the deal.

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  • S KMarch 26, 2014 - 8:09 am

    If any person, back in the day, any western town, could have been elected or appointed as Sheriff, this should be decided by the voters. I still say, WRITE IN, WRITE IN, WRITE IN. I'd bet a dollar to donuts that he'd do just as fine a job. I mean look how well Marshal Dillon did for over 20 years :-)

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  • MDSMarch 26, 2014 - 8:15 am

    SK, back prior to 1984 I think it was, anybody could run for Sheriff without any experience at all. A Sheriff was elected in San Francisco County that had zero police experience. So in the early 80's the legislature decided that they better pass a law putting at least some minimum standards down to be the Sheriff. So they passed those laws and that is not what he have to abide by. The law needs to be changed if people don't like it, but I think you'll find that most people think it's probably a good idea.

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  • S KMarch 26, 2014 - 8:22 am

    I could be mistaken, but from what I've read, he is qualified enough. Can't be any worse than any we've had. If enough people write him in, then the VOTERS have spoken, but probably like so many propositions passed might be over ruled, which is why so many have just given up on voting. Democracy MY ARSE!!!!!!!

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  • MDSMarch 26, 2014 - 8:38 am

    You can write him in all day long if you want, that still doesn't change the law and he wouldn't be qualified to take office even if elected. But that is a moot point as he can't win even if his name is on the ballot, much less with a write in vote.

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  • RobertMarch 26, 2014 - 1:30 pm

    I completely agree with MDS, writing someone's name on a ballot will not nullify whatever requirements were in place to file for the position in the first place. You have got to write in someone who meets all the eligibility requirements. I can't vote with a clear conscious for the only name on a ballot specially when this person's character has become at minimum "questionable" in recent events. Just a thought! I am writing in the name of a former Deputy who resigned from his position as a Deputy Sheriff two years ago because he could no longer be part that environment. This guy has former military experience (Marines), twenty plus years of extensive law enforcement and most importantly, he took his oath seriously. Ask anyone who personally knows him.... this guy tells it like it is and is not into smoke and mirrors. I will put my personal reputation on the line that he would never abuse the trust bestowed upon him by the residents of this county. This guy's name is "Leonard," although the odds aren't in his favor against an incumbent, at least I will vote for someone I trust.

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  • The MisterMarch 26, 2014 - 2:18 pm

    That's fine, Robert... except only two people in the entire world met the filing deadline this cycle for Solano County Sheriff... the incumbent and Tom Toler. Leonard can run next time in 4 long years... but he cannot, nor can anyone else, run this time. Our options are to vote to reward and further corruption by voting for the incumbent or to vote for Tom Toler pending an affirmative result from his appeal. I'm sure Leonard is a great guy... but only Tom Toler has the chance to beat the incumbent this time.

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  • DeniseMarch 26, 2014 - 2:36 pm

    I have to disagree

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  • RobertMarch 26, 2014 - 2:42 pm

    The Mister, I am in full agreement with you. But if Mr. Toler does not win his appeal than what? It is my understanding that the filing deadline is not an issue if someone's name is written at the time you cast your vote.

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  • The MisterMarch 26, 2014 - 3:10 pm

    That's a good question, Robert. We could ask the Registrar. Of course, he's already on board with the incumbent protection act. Not much hope of honesty there.

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  • The MisterMarch 26, 2014 - 8:29 am

    Sounds like Corruption Inc has spread a bit further than the SO, the DA, and the Registrar... hasn't it. The judge didn't just find against Toler, he found against the people of Solano County. The judge sentenced the people to 4 more years of unabated corruption from the Sheriff. This, of course, will provide cover to the other corrupt enterprises within Solano County. Unless Toler wins on appeal, I predict all of this talk of corruption in the courts, the DA's office and the SO will be forgotten by election day. It will be off the media radar, the people will become distracted, and corruption gets the green light to get as nasty as it pleases. Still, I'm writing in Tom Toler for Sheriff because to do anything else is to support the current corrupt incumbent Sheriff.

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  • MDSMarch 26, 2014 - 8:36 am

    The Judge complied with the laws on the books and only an absolute nutcase would think that's corruption. You are the one advocating for corrupt behavior.

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  • George Guynn, JrMarch 26, 2014 - 9:06 am

    MDS, I was in court and heard both sides yesterday of the Toler case. Were you there? I doubt it. It appeared to be a slam dunk win for Mr. Toler to me after hearing both sides. I agree with the Mister and SK that Toler has the necessary experience and plan to write him in if he doesn't win the appeal. Shame on the thugs in office for keeping Toler off the ballot and shame on the public that goes along with it!!!!!

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  • MDSMarch 26, 2014 - 9:18 am

    Nope, I wasn't there. But I don't doubt your word. You clearly wanted Toler to win so the only part you heard was his side and you discredited the other side. The Judge on the other hand read the law and saw that Mr. Toler did not comply with the law and that was the ruling. But now tell us, since you know Mr. Toler, a person on here has claimed Mr. Toler's law enforcement time was as a reserve officer. Is that true or was he actually a full time paid peace officer under 830.1 when he was with Vacaville and Winters PD as he claims? Here's another question that hasn't been answered, when Mr. Toler went to New Mexico did he meet all of the New Mexico requirements to be a full time paid peace officer as specified by New Mexico law? Did he give up his California Drivers license and get a New Mexico drivers license as is required by New Mexico law? Did he attend a New Mexico police academy or successfully pass the equivalency requires as specified by New Mexico law?

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  • CatdogMarch 26, 2014 - 9:51 am

    In New Mexico you have one year from hire to complete academy. Don't need to live there. It's a job. It's not a elected position. The POST Transcript speaks for itself. Has any else stood up to try and make changes? Lead follow or sit at a computer and take shots at someone else trying to make change. I recall Toler asking the Supervisors to take 60 days and get a report on current condition of sheriff office. When the bill comes for the autopsy and retrial , lawsuit and attorney fees. Is it the current sheriff to blame or everyone of us for failing to make a change? Do you plan on teaching your kids to complain or how to stand up for their rights? Maybe it's no concern, I'm sure a real innocent person would never be sent to prison.

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  • MDSMarch 26, 2014 - 10:03 am

    Now we're grasping at straws! Maybe in the 60's you had a year to complete the academy, but not anymore. Not only that but since Mr. Toler has been out of law enforcement for more than 8 years, under New Mexico law he's not even qualified to take the challenge exam. In New Mexico if you have been a peace officer in another state, you can take the challenge exam, but only if your experience is within 8 years. Otherwise you have to complete the entire police academy BEFORE you are a certified peace officer. More scams being run by Toler supporters. You guys claim you want him because of what you perceive as corruption, but you are all for him scamming his way onto the ballot. This is unreal.

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  • MDSMarch 26, 2014 - 10:05 am

    And here's the text right off the New Mexico POST website, "A waiver process to become a certified peace officer in the State of New Mexico exists for those individuals whom the Board has previously certified but whose certification has become inactive or for those individuals who have functioned as a peace officer in another state or with the federal government whose training and experience substantially conform to the basic course curriculum of New Mexico. Every applicant for certification by waiver of previous training must meet all qualifications and requirements as established in New Mexico statues and New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board administrative rules. Any previously certified New Mexico peace officer must attend the Certification by Waiver program if they have been out of commissioned law enforcement for more than two (2) years without six (6) consecutive months of service. Any applicant who has not been employed as a full-time law enforcement officer for a period in excess of eight (8) years must attend the basic police officer training program to become certified."

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  • CatdogMarch 26, 2014 - 10:45 am

    Consider you might be able to learn a trick today. Check the post site and notice the rules. Anyone who completed the academy before 1995 can requa anytime, until death, if they have been out of service 3 years or longer. Here's your treat, you learned something new. The section cite concerning the New Mexico police has to do with the State Police.

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  • MDSMarch 26, 2014 - 11:48 am

    You made that up Catdog. I don't know what website you're looking at, but my info came from New Mexico's POST Agency which is the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, Training and Recruiting Division. And they cite New Mexico Law Title 10, Chapter 29, Part 6, which deals with certification of peace officers by waiver. If you haven't been to a New Mexico police academy (which Toler hasn't) then you must comply with this law. That law specifically says if you haven't been a cop in 8 years then you can't certify by waiver and you have to go to the police academy. Nice try, but as you see I post enough information for people to be able to check and see that I'm correct. I would post actual links to the websites but when you do that your notes don't get posted on here for a day.

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  • catdogMarch 26, 2014 - 10:51 am

    Try this this, call 3 small towns, sometimes called villages and ask the chief. Nowbefore the rope gets wrapped around that tree limb, consider, maybe, even knowing its a outside chance but is possibile, you might be mistaken. Maybe you can ask post if a transcript can be created on photoshop. Maybe the signed ID cards from the police dept were also a product from ebay.

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  • Curious ObserverMarch 26, 2014 - 11:00 am

    MDS, that is an excellent point. Based on what you wrote, and since I had some free time this morning. I decided to do a little research into this issue. I know from my experience with a local municipality that the process to hire and train a police officer is long and arduous. I found that Mr. Toler’s statement that he had worked full time for an agency in New Mexico for two weeks a bit questionable regarding the fulfillment of qualifications for the Sheriff. I will say that I do not know what process Mr. Toler went through to get hired in New Mexico but I can say the process seems to be just as arduous as California’s process. The minimum requirements for a peace officer in New Mexico are as follows: You must be 21 years of age at the time of your academy graduation. You must have a high school diploma or GED. You must have a valid New Mexico driver’s license. You must be a U.S. citizen. You must have no felonies, frequent criminal activity or improper conduct on your record and you must have an excellent driver history. You must have 20/30 corrected or 20/100 uncorrected vision along with satisfactory color and depth perception. The graduation from the academy is a training requirement. This includes a requirement to pass a physical agility test, a medical test, and a physiological test, as well as the academy itself. There is a waiver available for persons with law enforcement experience from outside the state. This waiver requires the applicant to submit a package to a training academy board for review and approval. Once the board has approved the package, the hiring agency must submit proof completion of the current forty (40) hour biennium training. Then the applicants must challenge and pass n the law enforcement officer’s certification examination (LEOCE). If the applicant fails to pass the training or test, the applicant must complete a forty (40) hour certification by waiver training program and then successfully pass with a minimum score of 70% the LEOCE. You can look up all this information on line if you are curious. So, as I said at the beginning, I do not know if Mr. Toler has gone through all these step to be certified to be a peace officer in New Mexico. If he has, then he may have an argument , although it appears, form other papers reporting, the issue is that he did not have full time experience in California. My point is this, if Mr. Toler did not meet the training requirements set forth by statute in New Mexico to be a peace officer, and he is trying to portray that he did, that seems a little underhanded on his part. One would think that the State of New Mexico would want to look into the hiring practices of the chief

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  • Curious ObserverMarch 26, 2014 - 11:05 am

    And by the way Jess Sullivan, if I can do this from my home computer, as an investigative reporter why aren't you doing this?

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  • MDSMarch 26, 2014 - 11:57 am

    You are 100% correct there Curious Observer. I have posted all of this information several times on here. California law says that to be Sheriff your experience must comply with section 830.1 or 830.2 of the Penal Code. Both of those sections described full time certified peace officers and include; Deputy Sheriff, City Police Officer, CHP, DA Investigator, Attorney General Investigator, and other such full time POST certified peace officers. There are many other classifications of peace officer in California that are not included in 830.1 or 830.2 and they have their own penal code section. Those are reserve officers, corrections officers, brand inspectors, and a host of other types of peace officers that have limited peace officer powers. The legislature specifically intended for none of that experience to count for the experience requirement for Sheriff. So if Mr. Toler wants to go to New Mexico to get his experience (which doesn't count anyway) but lets for get it doesn't count, then Mr. Toler would have to become a full time, paid, certified peace officer in New Mexico which means meeting all the criteria you listed.

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  • Rich GiddensMarch 26, 2014 - 11:42 am

    That Sheriff and his pals are scared that Toler could win because of all the aggrieved people around here who HATE the State, Solano County, the cop thugs and the politicians. Its a smoldering powder keg fuse. I just spoke with Sheriff Farrara and told him "It must be nice to have a rigged court system working for you around here Sheriff!".

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  • Snuggle bunnyMarch 26, 2014 - 12:31 pm

    As a bail bondsman he is ruthless, and lies about issues to gain his objective, he kicked in a residence front door one evening saying he saw them in there???? And they weren't and left the house unprotected until someone who owned it could secure the front doors!!!! That cost was $475.00 to repair his response was f&$&$.you to bad can you imagine him as a sherrif oh my god!!!! He would be rampant!!!!! Just my opinion. Am sure others have stories of the same magnitude or worst.

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  • Rich GiddensMarch 26, 2014 - 3:28 pm

    I read Judge Kay's ruling. It does't really say why the petition is being denied. It doesn't really specify what facts support the Judge's horrible decision. I believe Toler is a good businessman and some fugitives need to be rounded up from time to time. If they flee or resist, then what choice does Toler have? Judge Kays is just helping his cop pals. There is no separation of powers and the DA, the Sheriff and the judges are all pals who meet regularly to decide things.

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With shake-ups, AC/DC perseveres with album, tour

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875 hours of holiday programming on TV last year

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Missing model-restaurateur B. Smith found in NYC

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Garth Brooks cites Ferguson for cancellation

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University in Tennessee cancels Cosby appearance

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Tom Hanks, wife to host Christmas tree lighting

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Sports

Panda heads put away with Sandoval’s departure

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
All City football: Vikings sweep top honors

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Seahawks, 49ers meet for 1st time this season

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
NFL might not flex any Sunday night games in 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

San Francisco’s bid for 2024 Olympics taking shape

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Sharks sign emergency backup goalie

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Spurs’ Popovich undergoes medical procedure

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AP source: Tomas in process of deal with D’backs

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

Harden leads Rockets past Kings 102-89

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Smith to start at QB for Jets vs. Dolphins on MNF

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Butler knocks off No. 5 North Carolina, 74-66

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RG3 benched: Redskins to start Colt McCoy vs. Indy

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

Raiders’ Woodson expects to play in 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Curry, 3s too much for Magic; Warriors win 111-96

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

Atletico Madrid, Arsenal reach knockout phase

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Business

FBI data show thousands of gun sales beat checks

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US new home sales up 0.7 percent in October

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US agency threatens to act against air bag maker

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Twitter now tracks other apps you’ve installed

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Health insurance sign-ups coming to shopping malls

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Obituaries

Dora Maria Aranda

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
Adrian Looy

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

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Comics

For Better or Worse

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Peanuts

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Zits

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Pickles

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Baby Blues

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Sally Forth

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Baldo

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Get Fuzzy

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Garfield

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Rose is Rose

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Beetle Bailey

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Blondie

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Wizard of Id

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B.C.

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Frank and Ernest

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Dilbert

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Bridge

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Cryptoquote

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Word Sleuth

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Sudoku

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Crossword

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Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Why millennials prefer electronic gift cards

By The Washington Post | From Page: HGG2

How to give holiday gift cards

By Metro Creative Graphics | From Page: HGG2

How to establish gift spending limits

By Metro Creative Graphics | From Page: HGG3

Teen gifts: ideas for hard-to-buy-for big kids

By The Associated Press | From Page: HGG3

Novice crafter? There’s a project for that!

By The Associated Press | From Page: HGG6

Gift ideas for the special seniors in your life

By Metro Creative Graphics | From Page: HGG6

Time and money-saving holiday gift ideas

By Statepoint Media | From Page: HGG7

Oy vey, holidays! Does Hanukkah wannabe Christmas?

By The Associated Press | From Page: HGG7

How to save on high-tech gifts

By Metro Creative Graphics | From Page: HGG10

Shop top finalists for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund

By The Associated Press | From Page: HGG11

Sharing music: a personal gift made easy by tech

By The Associated Press | From Page: HGG12

Great gifts for music lovers

By Metro Creative Graphics | From Page: HGG13

Kitchen gift-giving made easy with personality profiles

By Metro Creative Graphics | From Page: HGG14

Great gifts for the family foodie

By Metro Creative Graphics | From Page: HGG14

Holiday shows abound in Solano County

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: HGG17

Great gifts for people who love to read

By Metro Creative Graphics | From Page: HGG19

An oft-elusive yet gifty treat: coffee table books

By The Associated Press | From Page: HGG19

Steps to take before giving pets as gifts

By Metro Creative Graphics | From Page: HGG22

2014 holiday toy predictions

By Metro Creative Graphics | From Page: HGG22

Eco-friendly gift ideas for ‘green’ giving

By Metro Creative Graphics | From Page: HGG22

Things to consider before buying this holiday season

By Metro Creative Graphics | From Page: HGG22

Trend-setting gifts for the women on your holiday shopping list

By Brandpoint Content | From Page: HGG23

Gifts to keep kids engaged

By Metro Creative Graphics | From Page: HGG25

Gift wrap tricks to save time

By Metro Creative Graphics | From Page: HGG26

Save time and energy with a family gift this holiday season

By Brandpoint Content | From Page: HGG27

Gift exchange dos and don’ts

By Metro Creative Graphics | From Page: HGG30

Right at Home: gifts you can use – and use up

By The Associated Press | From Page: HGG30

How to send gifts to faraway friends and family

By Metro Creative Graphics | From Page: HGG30