By Carlos Padilla
Criminal charges filed against two employees of the Sierra County Detention Center earlier this year have been dropped, according to the Sierra County Magistrate Court Clerk’s Office.
On Friday, Sept. 26, the Seventh Judicial District Attorney’s Office filed a motion to dismiss the charge of introducing contraband (a weapon) against Thomas Schalkofski – a well-known and respected veteran local law enforcement officer with the Truth or Consequences Police Department. Judge Clayton Atwood accepted the motion to dismiss on Monday, Sept. 30.
Roxanna Cardenas was charged with bringing contraband – in the form of medication – into the facility. Her charges were reportedly dismissed on May 30, according to personnel at Magistrate Court.
News of these charges was first reported in the March 19, 2014 edition of The Herald, and were followed by an in depth investigation into the facility that prompted several criminal charges being filed against inmates and employees of the county jail.
A number of these cases are still making their way through the court system.
Late Monday afternoon, Oct. 27, Sierra County Manager Bruce Swingle – when asked if Schalkfoski and Cardenas were eligible for rehire – told The Herald that Mr. Schalkofski was never terminated. Mr. Swingle stated that Schalkofski was administratively reassigned and has been employed with the county the entire time. Mr. Swingle said that he could not comment on the status of Ms. Cardenas, as he was not sure what her status was, as this incident took place well before he was hired as the county’s administrator, and he would need to check with the county’s Human Resources director.