Tell Me No Lies: L.A. County Will Hold Employees Responsible for Dishonesty

From unruly sheriff’s deputies to negligent social workers, L.A. County has had its fair share of problems with dishonest employees. Now, county officials want to ensure that fibbing on the job is met with swift penalties.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a policy Tuesday clarifying that county employees shall be held accountable for lying.

The policy stems from an April 2017 board motion aimed at making it easier to fire deputies, social workers or other county employees who cannot be trusted.

The policy was recommended by Chief Executive Officer Sachi Hamai two years ago in an effort to increase transparency and accountability, City News Service reports. 

While Hamai said there were already mechanisms in place to deal with acts of workplace dishonesty, the new policy would put public safety employees and others in critical positions on notice that they would be held to the highest standards.

At the time, she advised including a reference to the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics, which does not seem to have made the final cut.


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