FAIRFIELD — Solano Community College is inching toward the takeover of its law enforcement by the Sheriff’s Office with the completion of a union settlement and a revised memorandum of understanding between the two parties.
The college’s board of trustees briefly addressed the proposed transition at its Wednesday meeting.
The district has been negotiating a contract over the past year to have the Sheriff’s Office offer its services at the college’s three campuses, but had to resolve a dispute with the Stationary Engineers Local 39 before it could move ahead.
“Part of that agreement calls for the district to continue the one-person police department and two community service officers that will continue to be employed by the district . . . ,” said Yulian Ligioso, Solano College’s vice president of finance and administration.
Undersheriff Gary Elliott on June 18 presented the revised proposal for a memorandum of understanding between the Sheriff’s Office and the college district, Ligioso said.
The proposal outlines three scenarios: recommended, reduced and limited. Recommended services would cost the district $980,392 and feature a security officer working on weekends at the Fairfield campus and two fulltime deputies. The reduced and limited scenarios would include only one deputy and cut some deployment hours among security officers at each campus, costing $815,360 and $607,497, respectively. All scenarios include a fulltime sheriff’s lieutenant.
Ligioso said three police officers and a police chief in the past cost the district about $750,000, but he suggested the college spend more.
“Given the demand for services out here, personally I would be leaning toward recommending the higher level . . . ,” Ligioso said.
A recommendation will be presented at the trustee’s Aug. 6 meeting, he later said.
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