The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors has appointed Rick Braziel to begin serving as Inspector General on December 1, 2015.
In a news release, the county said the Office of Inspector General has broad oversight powers including the evaluation of the overall quality of law enforcement, the authority to encourage systemic change, and the ability to oversee investigations of citizen complaints against the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.
"The role of the Inspector General is to serve as liaison to the public and to ensure objectivity and fairness during investigations," according to the release.
Rick Braziel is the former Chief of Police for the City of Sacramento.
"The Board of Supervisors, the Sheriff, and the Sacramento County Executive Office are committed to supporting this vital public safety function," said Phil Serna, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. "Following a very deliberate search to fill this position, we are pleased to have such a qualified individual to help the County with thorough, transparent and independent oversight."
Sacramento County said the Office of the Inspector General is a contract position.
The Inspector General will not work directly for the Sheriff or be subject to the direction and control of the Sheriff’s Department. The Office will work closely with the Sheriff’s Department but will be located in a separate office space and remain independent.