Mar 102020
 

Malignant Narcissist is the term that comes to mind. This is the personality profile I believe fits Jeff Wilson.

One hallmark of a Malignant Narcissist is to discard people once they are no longer useful. Despite being promoted, empowered and enabled by Former DA Scott Owens – acting DA Jeff Wilson has told Scott Owens to go away. Wilson as acting DA has decreed that there will be no going away party for Scott Owens.

Nice, isn’t it? Where is Dave Tellman to speak out about this abuse? This is 100% my issue with Tellman, he has been a yes man, follower for years. He filed the first salvo in the lynching of Karin Bjork. He is part of the Brady Committee that is retaliating against the two cops that testified on behalf of Brad Alford.

Even after getting passed over for a promotion (that went to Jennifer Miskowicz and Doug Van Breemen), Tellman still never spoke up about the abuses of Jeff Wilson. He laid in the weeds and then filed an application for the DA appointment.

Good morning!
As an employee of the Placer County DA’s office, I have been following your blog posts.  The information you are receiving regarding Jeff Wilson and his management ‘style,’ is for the most part pretty accurate.  I say that knowing the people who are providing information are doing so from their perspective of events that have occurred.  One commenter accurately touches on how the “at will” employees were put in a position to carry out Wilson’s instructions or be demoted/targeted.  If you or anybody else doubts that, please review the Karin Bjork transcripts in which 1) she was targeted for standing up to Wilson and demoted from her at will position and 2) the fact the county had no standing to intervene because our department head is an elected (specifically, refer to the transcripts of the HR director and Owens regarding why Wilson wasn’t punished by the county when it was determined he violated county policy).  I make this point because we (all employees, including those at will) had nowhere to turn to stop Wilson.  Owens was virtually absent for years and, for this reason, Wilson went unchecked.  In my opinion, the county is completely liable in this situation for not setting up rules/process to punish employees who violate county policy, regardless if the elected agrees with the violation.
While most information you are receiving so far is accurate, I feel compelled to correct you (and those providing you with information) on the Brady protocol.  Your most recent blogs suggest that because Dave Tellman was cc’d on a memo he was involved in the “lynching” of officers.  If true, then Jeff Wood and Mary Green are also involved.  It’s disingenuous to suggest that just because somebody is cc’d on a memo that they were involved.
As an employee that has had to refer evidence on a police officer to the Brady committee for review, let me explain how it works.  The “committee” often doesn’t become involved until an officer requests a hearing to dispute/address whatever they were sent in the letter.  In this specific case, nobody cc’d on the Rocklin officer’s letters was involved in the original decision to draft/serve the letter you post in your blog, except Wilson and the letter drafter (VanBreemen, who is absolutely Wilson’s puppet).
I respect employees who are speaking out, even if some are misinformed or misguided.  I respect you for recognizing and blogging about these issues.  Please, to maintain credibility, don’t allow yourself to be manipulated by those with an agenda.  To shred Tellman because he was cc’d on a memo, with no evidence he was directly involved in the charging, prosecution, and/or serving of Brady letters of Rocklin officers, is wrong.  Common sense, based on the information coming out about Wilson and his tactics, should be all the evidence anybody needs to understand the dynamics of what was occurring and the position it put ALL employees in, including those at will.
I asked some follow up questions of the person that sent me this email: (Perhaps any of you reading would like to enlighten me if you’d like)
Questions for you – I have a lot of additional info on Tellman that suggests he is a bureaucrat with an agenda.
Was he or was he not one of Wilson’s hatchet men until late 2018 when he was passed up for a promotion?
Why do you think so many people are either defending Tellman or trashing him for separate reasons?
Why should I trust Tellman to be any different than Scott Owens was?
Then there is this:
1. The DDA’s are concerned that they will be retaliated against if they tell their experiences, even anonymously.  That may change, however, after future posts.
2. The Auditor’s whistleblower investigation of the D.A.’s office is on-going.
3. Below is an email I received from a retired employee:
I am a retired employee who worked in the Placer County District Attorney’s Office for 25+ years.  It was an honor to work there.  I was very proud to have worked with so many hard working employees.  That honor and pride were shattered when Jeff Wilson was promoted to Assistant District Attorney.  I was in a supervisory position and within days of his promotion I was stripped of my duties and humiliated by his treatment.  I personally experienced Mr. Wilson’s abuse, intimidation and harassment’s after this took place.  I was very fearful of Mr. Wilson and felt forced to retire in 2011.”
If anyone has information related to whistleblower complaints, auditor investigations, etc. Please reach out to me at [email protected]
To be continued…
Mar 092020
 
“Dave Tellman’s actions as a  supervisor in the Placer County D.A.’s office ultimately resulted  in a  lawsuit for sexual discrimination against a former female employee of the D.A.’s office which cost Placer County almost $3,000,000. 00


The entire event of the sexual discrimination against that former female employee was unnecessary and unprofessional in the first place.  Dave Tellman wrote and signed the document which falsely accused the female employee of  certain dereliction of duty so that the DA’s Office could retaliate against her. This started a series of events which finally ended in Placer County paying the former female employee $2,000,000 in public finds and paying lawyer’s fees in the approximate amount of $850,000 totaling approximately $3,000,000 of expenses paid by the county.

Moreover, Dave Tellman was part of a management team, controlled by Jeff Wilson, which retaliated against Placer County employees, engaged in intimidation, and humiliated women with crude language.  These actions have brought on several complaints and claims.  For the sake of political advancement, and for the sake of not risking retaliation himself, Tellman did not stand up to ADA Wilson and failed in his duty to alert Scott Owens, the former absentee DA, of the sexual discrimination, retaliation and intimidation going on in his own department.
Tellman has shown by his history that he should not be appointed as the D.A. If Tellman is placed in a position of power it is quite likely that Jeff Wilson will be kept on in his position to direct his authoritarian megalomaniac intimidation, retaliation and political coercion and continue to expose Placer County to claims and lawsuits.”
There are varied opinions about Dave Tellman. There is a rumor I need to confirm that Morgan Gire, endorsed by the Placer County Republican Party will appoint Tellman as his #2. Some people like Dave Tellman and others see him as an extension of Jeff Wilson – up until Wilson passed him over for a promotion in 2018. It is clear that Tellman is much nicer and much more of a bureaucrat than Wilson could ever be.
Then there is this: (I left the typos in to prove authenticity and have redacted parts of the email to protect the identity of the employee that sent it to me)

I’ve debated for a while on if I should contact you. I’ve been promised anonymity before, only to be thrown under the bus. BUT I’ve been urged by many people to contact you.

So, here goes…
I am a current DA employee & have witnessed & been a target of Jeff Wilson & his flunkies. Even though they have nothing they can use against me, that didn’t mean they won’t lie in order to fire me if Jeff Wilson gets named DA. So please do not use my name or email.
Everything you’ve heard about how awful he & his friends are is completely accurate. Karin Bjork, Todd Kuhnen, Coral Borgane(sp?), etc… Those lawsuits are perfect examples. The nicest way I can think of you describe Jeff Wilson is to say he would have made an excellent mob boss in the last century.
My personal situation is that while my (edited – family members) were sick & dying, Wilson & his investigator buddy Jeff Cameron, called me in to reprimand me (verbal only) for a post I made on Facebook.  (Keep in mind my account is private & ice blocked everyone at work, so the only way they have access is to “back door” in via the investigators) I had already removed that post so it wasn’t even an issue. Basically it was “we have this printed out” & we’re just going to hold it over your head.
Then my (other family member) became terminally ill & Wilson knew it & during that time they purposely went after me or made comments to the effect that they were watching me. I tolerated this for months. I endured it while going thru the toughest point of my life.  Then 1 day i made a simple error & forgot to specifically “spell out” a service request. Jeff Cameron’s response was rude & insulting. I turned to my union rep, who told me to file a complaint. So I did. It was dismissed because Jeff Wilson & Jeff Cameron convinced personnel that I filed the complaint in retaliation for them talking to me some 8 months prior!.
They’ve basically painted me as a vengeful employee. Which is absolutely not true. I simply reach the point where I either let them break me or I fight back.
I chose to fight back. I’ve filed 2 complaints with the county whistle blowers – no results! I have a deposition in Todd Kuhnens law suit and I’ve lived in fear of being fired for falsified reasons for more than 5 years now. I’ve interviewed with other departments, but have not been able to transfer. I actually like my job & most the people I work with…it’s the select/elite few that make it miserable.
The promoted DAs to look into as far as being a Wilson follower are: Doug Van Breeman, Jennifer Miszkewycz.  Neither 1 of them should have even been a top contender for their positions, let alone get them. Wilson has passed over many highly qualified & great attorneys in favor of his buddies….or if they are related to cops or judges (Miszkewycz is both).
He also has secretaries in his buddy pool. Melissa Penwell wasn’t even eligible to apply, yet was promoted to a senior secretary. Heather Beggs, Kara Wagner & Teresa Gralian all have less senority, worse attendance, poorer work performance & dress then many many others….yet they were promoted…Teresa because she is Wilson’s buddy & will do whatever he tells her to. Heather because her dad & husband are PCSO deputies….the list goes on.
Jeff Wilson & his flunkies have made this a bad place to work. I used to be proud to tell people where I work. Now I just say i work for the county.
I have worked directly under David Tellman for years. I don’t think he is the guy you’re thinking he is. That letter you posted only listed him, among others on a committee, he didn’t actually sign it, correct?  That’s how Wilson works. He “attaches” people so they cannot fight or argue later. That being said, I don’t think Mr. Tellman would be an effective DA. He is a lot like Scott Owens.
Anyway, there is way to much to go into right now, but just know you are on the right track & Jeff Wilson & his buddies need to be removed from positions of power, if not fired. All of his promotions need to be reviewed & possibly undone. He is a very shady person who is willing to toss friends to the Wolves to save his own skin. He is very good at manipulating facts & people. He knows exactly what he’s done but has been untouchable for years. 
Please keep doing what you’re doing. And maybe we can get the DAs office back to what it should be!
This will be continued as I have had explosive confidential interviews with even more people. Anyone in senior management in the current Placer County DA’s office need to retire, be fired or prosecuted for what they have done if all I am being told is true. The Placer County Supervisors need to rule out all current management as well.
Mar 082020
 
This is one of a few people that have come forward to talk to your intrepid blogger about Jeff Wilson and his crew in the DA’s office.

I am close to retirement age he’s asks me often,  when are you going? Do you want me to fill your paperwork out?

For a few years I was verbally abused by a few attorneys and a couple secretaries and he would do nothing for me.

He said to me  I believe that you believe this story.  Basically calling me a liar then went on to say.   Why would I do anything to help you, there is nothing special about you.

I earned 2 ulcers during this time of abuse.On the first day his assistant/secretary started, I showed her where the restroom was and how to make her way back to her cubicle, he saw us walking and said to her in a very firm tone “ I need to speak to you know”. I thought well she will never speak to me again.  She rarely has.  Shortly after that he came to me and told me he did not want me spreading my poison all over the office!  Cripes I showed her the restroom!  I hardly even speak to people in the office and for sure never anyone new now since they are all friends or friends of friends.

Like I said my are only a few. I try to avoid him like the plague, I mostly see what his hangers on get away with in that office it is atrocious!

It looks like Scott Owens was not running the office the last few years he was there. Then I got another email with follow up about the lynching of the Rocklin Cop:
This is what happens when political ambition  and a malignant ego distort the criminal justice process:

 Rocklin Police Officer Brad Alford was charged as a result of a violent confrontation between Officer Alford and a gang member that was captured on video, after the gang member drove erratically through a residential Rocklin neighborhood, initially failed to yield to an officers attempts to pull the gang members vehicle over, failed to follow lawful commands and resisted the attempts of the officers to arrest him.

Jeff Wilson personally lead the investigation.  Jeff Wilson made the decision to charge Officer Alford with the following crimes:  three felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily harm, assault by a public officer. Jeff Wilson ordered the arrest of Brad Alford against the advisement of the Chief of D.A Investigators, who had been a law enforcement officer for more than 20 years.

Once the case was charged, the case was assigned to the Public Integrity Unity.  Van Breeman was formerly the supervisor of that unit.  Van Breeman is now the Assistant Deputy District Attorney immediately responsible for the Public Integrity Unit.  At the trial during the month of May 2018 the other two officers who were present testified for the prosecution, i.e., they were called as witnesses by the District Attorney’s office.

The jury viewed the body camera video and the dashboard camera videos of the arrest.The jury unanimously found Officer Alford “not guilty” of all charges in a mere two hours.  The jury must have believed the testimony of the two Rocklin Officers.

The Placer County D.A.’s office, like many D.A.’s offices, has a “Brady” committee, the purpose of which is to inform defense attorneys of  perceived dishonesty on the part of law enforcement personnel.

Being added to a “Brady” list is very damaging to an officer’s career, and is only done when the alleged dishonesty is objective and unquestionably accurate. It is not intended as a means of retaliation.In a  vindictive  and retaliatory response, the District Attorney’s Office, Brady Committee used the Brady List to punish the two Rocklin officers for their testimony, which the jury certainly had to believe in order to have reached their quick and unanimous “not guilty” verdicts.

Immediately after the not-guilty verdict , the so-called “Brady committee” in the Placer County D.A.’s office decided to add to the “Brady List  the two Rocklin Police Officers who had been  called to testify by the prosecution.  This is has probably never happened in any other County in the state. A letter to that effect was sent to the officers and the Rocklin  Police Department.  (See attached document.)

At the bottom of the letter, Dave Tellman’s name appears as being a part of the Brady Committee, the committee that decided to put the officers on the list.      According the the Placer County D.A. policy, an officer placed on the Brady list has an opportunity to respond, or respond through counsel, to the alleged dishonest conduct.  The two officers who testified for the prosecution in the Alford case have attempted to meet with the Brady Committee to respond, but the Brady Committee has ignored their requests.

This is in violation of the Placer County D.A.’s own policy.   Van Breeman also personally signed the brady letter to Rocklin.  Dave Tellman is on the Brady Committee On other topics: According to the transcripts in the sexual discrimination lawsuit, Tellman, at Wilson’s direction, wrote the notice of proposed disciplinary action that eventually brought on the lawsuit which culminated in a $2 million settlement to Karin Bjork.

Some people think that this shows Tellman is willing to do the dirty work for management for his own gain. All of Karin Bjork’s job performance  reviews prior to this were satisfactory for Karin (according to the deposition transcript). Of course, hindsight is 20-20, but  the D.A.’s office lost at the Civil Service Commission hearing, and at the federal trial court level. There is no doubt that the second attempt to fire Karin was poisonously vindictive.

Tellman is also on the Brady committee. Some people think that  Tellman was a willing errand boy for Wilson until he was passed over for promotion in December 2018 (Van Breeman and Jennifer Miszkewycz became Assistant Deputy District Attorneys,  whereas Tellman remained a supervisor).

I have been told that Morgan Gire told the DSA and Roseville POA that if he were appointed as District Attorney, Tellman would be his Chief Deputy (#2).  Tellman has told the DSA and RPOA that if he is selected, Gire would be his #2 (although, it appears Gire has a better job as #3 in Sacramento County.  Gire lives in Sacramento County).    However, you know how the story changes as it goes around, I am sure, and I am not sure this is relevant in any event. A D.A. is entitled to choose his Chief Deputy.

It’s getting thick. More stories are coming from employees that have suffered under Jeff Wilson and crew. My heart goes out to the three Rocklin Cops whose careers have been wrecked by these guys. My heart also goes out to the list of people that have been mistreated by these guys as well.
Take note, however of the split between Tellman and Wilson. It informs us as to why they are rivals for the DA appointment.
Mar 072020
 

If you’ve been reading my series about the Placer County DA Office Vacancy – you should be familiar with Jeff Wilson’s reign of terror (more on that soon as several have come forward). Other names I am hearing mentioned are Dave Tellman and Doug Van Bremen. Tellman and Wilson are candidates for Placer DA. Van Bremen has been alleged to be a hatchet man for Jeff Wilson by people I have spoken to.

There was a just completed trial of a Rocklin Cop named Brad Alford. Alford was ACQUITTED on all counts in less than two hours. We pick up the story:

Alford went off duty shortly after the event occurred on the morning of September 24, and wrote his report that evening when he returned for the graveyard shift. By approximately 9 a.m. on the morning of September 25, the Rocklin P.D. Internal Affairs lieutenant was looking at some of the video evidence concerning this incident. He did not like what he saw, and would later testify that, based simply on his view of the video, and without reviewing either the report written by Alford or the reports written by Nitz and Adams (which described active resistance by Perez during the period of time when Alford was striking him), he formed the opinion that Alford’s use of force was excessive and unreasonable. He reviewed some of the existing video with his captain for approximately 30 minutes, and together with the captain and the chief for a similar time period, and then took the case to the DA’s Office. Alford was placed on administrative leave on the late afternoon of September 25.

The DA’s Office was asked to investigate the possible use of excessive force on the same afternoon. Within 24 hours, the DA’s Office had an arrest warrant prepared and Alford was taken into custody. Although the seminal case of Graham v. Connor (1989), 109 S.Ct. 1865, tells us all that the analysis of an officer’s use of force depends upon the perceptions of a reasonable officer on the scene at the time of the incident, the Rocklin Police Department administration had no idea of what Alford’s perception was or what the perceptions of Nitz and Adams were, because they did not read their reports. The DA’s Office gave pitifully little if any consideration to anything written by the officers and didn’t even bother to consult a use-of-force expert before issuing the felony criminal complaint and taking Alford into custody.

You can see that the slipshod behavior of people in the Rocklin PD and the zeal of the Placer County DA’s office (see also Jeff Wilson and Dave Tellman) led to Brad Alford being put through 2+ years of hell.

Next speaks to how lousy the DA’s case was against the officer: (IA = internal affairs, the POST / Learning Domain refers to police training protocols)

I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to ask the IA lieutenant if he could conceive of a use-of-force expert giving an opinion concerning the propriety of an officer’s use of force in California without knowing what POST is or without understanding Learning Domain 20 or Learning Domain 33. The IA lieutenant agreed that such an individual would be ill-qualified to offer an opinion.

When the former Henderson police chief testified, I asked him if he could envision a situation in which an individual offering an opinion concerning an officer’s use of force would be reliable or accurate if they did not even bother to review the officer’s report in order to understand what the perceptions of that officer were when the officer applied force. The police chief indicated that an opinion offered under such circumstances would essentially be worthless.

The IA Lieutenant in Rocklin should be terminated immediately for what he did. The attorney for PORAC took him apart and then took apart the “expert witness” Jeff Wilson and his crew brought in (the Henderson police chief) as well.

When the dust of this trial cleared, the jury was asked to do the analysis that had never been done by the administration of the Rocklin P.D. or the Placer County DA’s Office — to apply the use-of-force analysis required by the United States Supreme Court in Graham v. Connor, required by POST in Learning Domain 20 and required by the Rocklin P.D. in its use-of-force policy and determine, whether, given the perceptions of Alford, Nitz and Adams, Alford’s decision to use force and the use of force itself was reasonable under the circumstances.

The jury’s verdict was swift — only about two hours of deliberations following the conclusion of instructions. No requests were received for testimony to be reread, and no requests were made to review video evidence. The not guilty verdicts made all of us at the defense table and the supporters of Alford in the audience jubilant that he could return to his family for the first time in over a year and half without facing the infamy of felony charges and a possible prison sentence.

In the attempted lynching of Brad Alford, Wilson and crew failed to do basic prosecutor work. This should give you pause about everyone involved. But wait, there’s more. Wilson and crew retaliated against every cop involved in the case – even though the exoneration happened and by definition there was no longer a crime.

Wilson, Doug Van Bremen and Dave Tellman executed a “Brady Listing” the officers involved. If you are a cop, being Brady Listed is basically the kiss of death on your career as a cop.

Our collective happiness did not last long. Within only a few hours of the jury’s verdict, Nitz and Adams received letters from the Placer County DA’s Office advising them that the DA’s Office was considering placing them on the Brady list for (1) failing to report criminal offenses committed by Brad Alford on September 24, 2017, and (2) giving testimony at trial that was inconsistent with some of the video evidence.

Pretty amazing, given the fact that the jury had just told the DA that no crimes were committed on September 24, and both the DA’s own expert from Henderson, Texas, and our expert Sean McCann had agreed that an officer’s account of an event will always be different than video evidence.

We are now waging the fight against this retaliatory, vindictive action by the Placer DA’s Office on behalf of Nitz and Adams, hoping that someone in that office will come to their senses and realize that Nitz and Adams did not report criminal or other inappropriate behavior by Alford on September 24, 2017, because they observed him acting reasonably under the circumstances. They did not see or even hear all of the events that transpired in a span of seconds the way the cameras captured it because they, like Alford, are human — not perfect, just human — and no amount of training can ever change that.

Brad Alford and RLS join in thanking the PORAC Legal Defense Fund for giving us the resources and the ability to make this acquittal happen. Had we not been allowed to do the necessary video analytical work or call a use-of-force expert of the high quality of Sean McCann, challenging these serious charges and making sense of this graphic video would have placed Officer Alford’s liberty in jeopardy.

I’ve been told that Dave Tellman is also a candidate for Placer County DA but I have not confirmed it myself. The Placer GOP Endorsed Morgan Gire. I personally have no preference other than anyone in current management of the Placer DA’s Office.

Well isn’t that special. Survive a lynching and Doug Van Bremen, Dave Tellman and Jeff Wilson Brady List the officers that testified on your behalf. See all three of them on the letter sent to one of the officers. Lovely. They were Brady Listed for not reporting a crime that never occurred. These vengeful arrogant attorneys should know – especially as prosecutors that an innocent verdict by definition means no crime occurred. There is no other conclusion a reasonable person could draw than this being retaliation for the humiliation the DA’s office suffered losing a high-profile attempted cop-lynching in 2019. This happened under the watch of all three.

When we continue our series, we will be hearing from several anonymous (because they fear retaliation) employees and former employees of the Placer DA’s office that have all mentioned Wilson and sometimes the other two in their communication with your intrepid blogger, and we will also be providing even more detail regarding the three people mentioned in this blog and their role in the attempted lynching of Brad Alford. Stay tuned.

Mar 052020
 
This is one of a few people that have come forward to talk to your intrepid blogger about Jeff Wilson and his crew in the DA’s office.

I am close to retirement age he’s asks me often,  when are you going? Do you want me to fill your paperwork out?

For a few years I was verbally abused by a few attorneys and a couple secretaries and he would do nothing for me.

He said to me  I believe that you believe this story.  Basically calling me a liar then went on to say.   Why would I do anything to help you, there is nothing special about you.

I earned 2 ulcers during this time of abuse.On the first day his assistant/secretary started, I showed her where the restroom was and how to make her way back to her cubicle, he saw us walking and said to her in a very firm tone “ I need to speak to you know”. I thought well she will never speak to me again.  She rarely has.  Shortly after that he came to me and told me he did not want me spreading my poison all over the office!  Cripes I showed her the restroom!  I hardly even speak to people in the office and for sure never anyone new now since they are all friends or friends of friends.

Like I said my are only a few. I try to avoid him like the plague, I mostly see what his hangers on get away with in that office it is atrocious!

It looks like Scott Owens was not running the office the last few years he was there. Then I got another email with follow up about the lynching of the Rocklin Cop:
This is what happens when political ambition  and a malignant ego distort the criminal justice process:

 Rocklin Police Officer Brad Alford was charged as a result of a violent confrontation between Officer Alford and a gang member that was captured on video, after the gang member drove erratically through a residential Rocklin neighborhood, initially failed to yield to an officers attempts to pull the gang members vehicle over, failed to follow lawful commands and resisted the attempts of the officers to arrest him.

Jeff Wilson personally lead the investigation.  Jeff Wilson made the decision to charge Officer Alford with the following crimes:  three felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily harm, assault by a public officer. Jeff Wilson ordered the arrest of Brad Alford against the advisement of the Chief of D.A Investigators, who had been a law enforcement officer for more than 20 years.

Once the case was charged, the case was assigned to the Public Integrity Unity.  Van Breeman was formerly the supervisor of that unit.  Van Breeman is now the Assistant Deputy District Attorney immediately responsible for the Public Integrity Unit.  At the trial during the month of May 2018 the other two officers who were present testified for the prosecution, i.e., they were called as witnesses by the District Attorney’s office.

The jury viewed the body camera video and the dashboard camera videos of the arrest.The jury unanimously found Officer Alford “not guilty” of all charges in a mere two hours.  The jury must have believed the testimony of the two Rocklin Officers.

The Placer County D.A.’s office, like many D.A.’s offices, has a “Brady” committee, the purpose of which is to inform defense attorneys of  perceived dishonesty on the part of law enforcement personnel.

Being added to a “Brady” list is very damaging to an officer’s career, and is only done when the alleged dishonesty is objective and unquestionably accurate. It is not intended as a means of retaliation.In a  vindictive  and retaliatory response, the District Attorney’s Office, Brady Committee used the Brady List to punish the two Rocklin officers for their testimony, which the jury certainly had to believe in order to have reached their quick and unanimous “not guilty” verdicts.

Immediately after the not-guilty verdict , the so-called “Brady committee” in the Placer County D.A.’s office decided to add to the “Brady List  the two Rocklin Police Officers who had been  called to testify by the prosecution.  This is has probably never happened in any other County in the state. A letter to that effect was sent to the officers and the Rocklin  Police Department.  (See attached document.)

At the bottom of the letter, Dave Tellman’s name appears as being a part of the Brady Committee, the committee that decided to put the officers on the list.      According the the Placer County D.A. policy, an officer placed on the Brady list has an opportunity to respond, or respond through counsel, to the alleged dishonest conduct.  The two officers who testified for the prosecution in the Alford case have attempted to meet with the Brady Committee to respond, but the Brady Committee has ignored their requests.

This is in violation of the Placer County D.A.’s own policy.   Van Breeman also personally signed the brady letter to Rocklin.  Dave Tellman is on the Brady Committee On other topics: According to the transcripts in the sexual discrimination lawsuit, Tellman, at Wilson’s direction, wrote the notice of proposed disciplinary action that eventually brought on the lawsuit which culminated in a $2 million settlement to Karin Bjork.

Some people think that this shows Tellman is willing to do the dirty work for management for his own gain. All of Karin Bjork’s job performance  reviews prior to this were satisfactory for Karin (according to the deposition transcript). Of course, hindsight is 20-20, but  the D.A.’s office lost at the Civil Service Commission hearing, and at the federal trial court level. There is no doubt that the second attempt to fire Karin was poisonously vindictive.

Tellman is also on the Brady committee. Some people think that  Tellman was a willing errand boy for Wilson until he was passed over for promotion in December 2018 (Van Breeman and Jennifer Miszkewycz became Assistant Deputy District Attorneys,  whereas Tellman remained a supervisor).

I have been told that Morgan Gire told the DSA and Roseville POA that if he were appointed as District Attorney, Tellman would be his Chief Deputy (#2).  Tellman has told the DSA and RPOA that if he is selected, Gire would be his #2 (although, it appears Gire has a better job as #3 in Sacramento County.  Gire lives in Sacramento County).    However, you know how the story changes as it goes around, I am sure, and I am not sure this is relevant in any event. A D.A. is entitled to choose his Chief Deputy.

It’s getting thick. More stories are coming from employees that have suffered under Jeff Wilson and crew. My heart goes out to the three Rocklin Cops whose careers have been wrecked by these guys. My heart also goes out to the list of people that have been mistreated by these guys as well.
Take note, however of the split between Tellman and Wilson. It informs us as to why they are rivals for the DA appointment.