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Paulin returns as college police chief, Sheriff takeover may be coming

Solano Community College Police Department Interim Chief Scott Paulin. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

Solano Community College Police Department Interim Chief Scott Paulin. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

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FAIRFIELD — Scott Paulin will return as the Solano Community College campus police chief Wednesday, as the college continues to move toward the likelihood of having the county Sheriff’s Office fully patrol its campuses in the near future.

The former Sausalito police chief, who also worked for the Vacaville Police Department, was replaced by Ed Goldberg, a former Vacaville police lieutenant, on July 1. Paulin is now returning to replace Goldberg. A series of interim chiefs have been in place since the college put the then-campus police chief, Steve Dawson, on administrative leave in August 2012.

Paulin said he’s always been open to return, but thought the Sheriff’s Office would be fully in place, even before Goldberg finished his time this time. Both men are limited in hours they can work per the retirement rules governing the California Public Employee’s Retirement System.

In May, Sheriff Thomas Ferrara and Undersheriff Gary Elliott Jr. gave a presentation to the college’s Board of Trustees and pitched several reasons why the college district should contract with the Sheriff’s Office for police services. The presentation allowed for three flexible staffing proposals, ranging in cost from $597,603 to $924,855 a year.

In the meantime, the college continued union negotiations with the Stationary Engineers Local 39, concerning the one officer and two campus security officers remaining on the campus police force. Negotiations will reportedly be stepped up in the coming months, said Jowel Laguerre, the college’s president/superintendent.

“We’re still negotiating with the union and then we can move forward with a formal agreement,” Laguerre said, when asked about the slowness of the response to the Sheriff’s Office proposal. Laguerre added that while the issue has been on the table for a while, they haven’t been in regular negotiations about the issue.

“It shouldn’t be too long. The figure I have in my head is July 1,” he said.

Attempts to reach Megan Lane, a representative of the Local 39, were unsuccessful.

Yulian Ligioso, the college’s vice president of finance, said he looks for Paulin to act as the main go-between for the college and the Sheriff’s Office.

Having Paulin return eases the transition, since he’s “been there, done that,” Ligioso said.

Paulin said he’s glad to return and said he’s been tasked with “keeping the services going” smoothly.

“I feel like I”m helping out,” he said. “I’ve always had a good working relationship with the sheriff and staff there.”

Not all has been mute, however. At the most recent Board of Trustee’s meeting before Christmas, the board voted to amend the original memorandum of understanding between the college and the Sheriff’s Office, which agreed to limited law enforcement by the Sheriff’s department, set in July 2012. The amendment adjusts the personnel assigned – adding lieutenant and sheriff’s security officer positions – the scope of their duties and the cost for services.

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