Sheriff’s office reorganizes

Sheriff Jay Varney announced Tuesday a complete reorganization of administrative duties within his office’s command staff, adding Search & Rescue as well as SWAT duties to the workload of Lt. Tyson Pogue, a graduate of Yosemite High School.

The formation of a Professional Standards Division is one of the significant changes in the reorganization, Varney said. The unit will be overseen by Lt. Darin McMechan and will be responsible for departmental training, the personnel selection process, and Internal Affairs investigations.

“The citizens of Madera County deserve excellent service from their Sheriff’s Office,” Varney said, “and this new Division will streamline the process of selecting and training personnel, as well as ensuring that our staff is performing in an exemplary manner.”

Another significant change involves organizing resources based on function rather than location.

“We believe this strategy will better serve our citizens throughout the County,” Varney said.

Patrol resources will now report to Pogue and investigative resources countywide now report to Lt. Bill Ward. Pogue and Ward will spend time each week at both the Oakhurst substation and at the Madera office.

The Sheriff’s Records Division, Civil Division, and Court Security Division will continue to be led by Lt. Patrick Majeski who will also oversee the Sheriff’s Business Office. Pogue will continue to oversee the Emergency Services Division, which now includes Search & Rescue and SWAT. Ward will continue to handle Public Information and Media Affairs. McMechan will oversee Dispatch, Property and Evidence, and CCW Permits.

“It is my hope and expectation that these changes will result in further improvements in how we deliver service to the citizens of Madera County,” Varney said.