Departments hiring of former drug using deputy has been a concern for many…
A recent post by the department had a few people scratching their heads and wondering what and why they would make such public posts. The post was made yesterday and it read, “Today had an encounter with a jerk. Some law enforcement personnel, should just walk. If you hate to serve, then walk away.”
After a few readers commented asking what happened, the department responded with this, “It’s a shame when you arrest someone, go to book them, and because of the unprofessional behavior and attitude, you feel compelled to walk out of the jail with prisoner and take him home.” Could they have been talking about Dos Palos Officer Johnny Mathis?
The Dos Palos police department has undergone a few changes in recent past, but many would say not for the better. When the department hired former sheriff’s deputy Johnny Mathis who has been sued by Merced County residents for abusive actions to the tune of more than $400,000 for excessive force, many asked why? Johnny Mathis’s wife was also working at the sheriff’s department and revealed she was sleeping with her supervisor to get a promised promotion and was investigated for exposing her breast at a Sheriff’s department party. Her actions led to an investigation of the Sheriffs department in 2013 and a report that was buried by Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin and Merced County Counsel James Fincher. The report was said to contain so much damaging information about the Sheriff’s department and Mark Pazin that it would have caused a federal investigation. So Merced County Counsel refused to release the public report to the public.
Mathis was forced out of the department, but somehow won an appeal, including back pay that Merced County taxpayers paid to the drug using abusive Mathis, and went to work for the Dos Palos PD. Johnny Mathis’s record includes beating a UPS driver nearly to death during the Merced Fair because the deputy thought the man was drunk. And although a closer investigation revealed that Mathis and several other deputies were using illegal steroids at the time, they received a slap on the hand and turned loose again on the county of Merced.