The Tank Workers

As scandal engulfs the Sheriffs Department, Carona fires his high-profile assistant

That approval came on the morning of Wednesday, March 17. County firings customarily occur on Fridays, but Carona didn't delay. He knew news of the FBI probe was imminent, and sources say he didn't want the public to believe he had reacted only to federal pressure. Within minutes of the decision from human resources, he ordered staff to change the lock on Jaramillo's office.

The assistant sheriff entered the building at about noon and found members of the dignitary-protection unit waiting to usher him into a brief, curt meeting with Carona. He was fired on the spot. Jaramillo asked if he had any options and was told he could only concur or not with his dismissal. After collecting Jaramillo's Sheriff's Department-issued gun, cell phone and car keys—everything but the badge—the dignitary-protection unit drove an "incensed" Jaramillo to his Rancho Santa Margarita home. There, he reportedly told deputies that Carona would have to personally take his badge.

On Saturday, March 20, Jaramillo returned to the Sheriff's Department at about 11 a.m. to collect his belongings. FBI agents holding a search warrant had been there just three hours before. They confiscated the former assistant sheriff's files and computer. When Jaramillo walked in, there remained on the wall framed photographs of scenes such as Newport Harbor. He began to pack the pictures, but in a final indignity, a deputy told him to put them back. The pictures belong to the Sheriff's Department.

Photo by OCW staff

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--"Mr. Big Mouth: In the Haidl gang-rape case, the Sheriff's No. 2 digs himself deeper," March 19, 2004

--"Rape-Tape Escape? Haidl defense say s the DA altered key evidence in gang-gape case," March 5, 2004

--"Bye, George? Grand jury investigation charges Sheriff's No. 2 man helped himself to cash destined for cops," February 18, 2004

--"The Critic: Thanks to his blundering defense, we now know about Gregory Haidl's 'graphic' performance on an x-rated DVD," February 6, 2004

--"Dudes it can't be my dope! Gregory Haidl: from alleged gang-rapist to whiny rich kid," January 23, 2004

--"Teen Sex, Cash and Videotape: All of millionaire Don Haidl's fortune can't buy his kid a dollar's worth of sense," January 9, 2004

--"Our Little Secret: Audio tape reveals cover-up of drug bust involving a sheriff's son already on trial for a videotaped gang bang," December 5, 2003

--"Reefer Badness: DA investigates charges sheriff's deputies covered up a pot bust involving an official's son already on trial for videotaped gang rape," November 14, 2003

--"Exhibit X-Rated: The Blockbuster DVD the Haidl defense doesn't want you to see," November 7, 2003

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