FAIRFIELD — Solano Community College continues to move toward possibly having the Solano County Sheriff’s Office patrol its three campuses.
Retired Vacaville police Lt. Ed Goldberg will return Monday as the interim chief of the Solano College Police Department. Current interim chief Scott Paulin, the former police chief of Sausalito who also worked for the Vacaville Police Department, will step down as he reaches the number of hours he can work in retirement.
Goldberg will help with the transition from campus police to Sheriff’s Office patrols “if indeed we’re going that (way),” said Yulian Ligioso, the college’s vice president of finance. “Very likely we are.”
Ligioso cautioned that the college’s governing board hasn’t made some crucial decisions, such as the level of staffing needed or even if it wants the Sheriff’s Office to take over the campus police force. Meetings with local unions have also not taken place. However, a meeting with the County and Stationary Engineers Local 39 is planned Monday.
“The important thing to realize is that nothing is final because the college board hasn’t been presented with anything other than an informational presentation from the Sheriff’s Office,” said Undersheriff Gary Elliott Jr. “It’s premature to say the Sheriff’s Office is taking over.”
A published report Friday indicated that the Sheriff’s Office was poised to take over the campus police force Monday and that some sheriff’s deputy staffing levels had already been decided and would be implemented. College and Sheriff’s Office representatives refuted the report.
“Nothing has been finalized,” Ligioso said. He said that there have been no new arrangements and that the school and Sheriff’s Office are operating under the same memorandum of understanding as they have been for “many, many years.”
“Because of our shortage, they have often backfilled for us,” he said.
Paulin said that one sheriff’s deputy works on the campus three days a week and said he hadn’t heard of any large staffing changes come Monday.
Elliott alluded to a possible increase of one more deputy Monday to fully replace the two campus police officers who are out on leave, but said that was up to the college and its needs.
“If they determine that they don’t need that much staffing we’ll dial that back . . . the point is, I’m prepared to give them two (deputies) to meet their staffing needs,” Elliott said. “Right now we’re helping them out because they’re short-staffed.”
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