San Mateo Deputy Claims Retaliation by Sheriff

A member of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department has filed a lawsuit alleging workplace retaliation after he declined to endorse Sheriff Christina Corpus in the June 2022 election.

The plaintiff, David Wozniak, is a former acting sergeant and head of the Deputy Sheriff’s Association. In 2022, his union endorsed Corpus’ opponent, who then the incumbent, Carlos Bolanos. The move upset Corpus, who called the endorsement process “a charade.”

Corpus won that election against Bolanos. Then, weeks after assuming office, Wozniak claims Corpus told him that his temporary assignment as acting sergeant was over and that he was being re-classified as a deputy sheriff. That came as a surprise to Wozniak, who was under the impression that his acting status was poised to become permanent.

According to Wozniak, Corpus’ campaign adviser turned Chief of Staff Victor Aenlle showed outward “dislike” of Wozniak. Aenlle allegedly called his role as union president a “problem” and a “headache” for the sheriff.

Sheriff Corpus has denied the allegations. In an email to the Palo Alto Daily Post, a spokesperson for the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office said it will “vigorously defend itself from these false claims.”


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