The Office of Correctional Safety (OCS) is something that most real people, including institution staff and parole people, have pretty much zero contact with. The primary function of OCS is, according to the Dept. Operations Manual, liaison with outside law enforcement agencies to solve major crimes which have a connection to one or more convicted felons who are under CDCr jurisdiction. As far as I know the vast majority of their senior staff have never investigated a street crime, never made an arrest or even worked in the field along with street cops.
The more interesting players in this drama are Larry Miranda, Tony Chaus and Martin Hoshino. Hoshino is a left-over from OIG and Matt Cate. He was acting Secretary for about a minute and a half between Cate and Beard and is now (if I recall correctly) an Undersecretary. He is the guy who recently appointed a dentist to be the head of Administration within his division.
Larry Miranda was a retired annuitant working for Tony Chaus, who was the chief of OCS. Tony Chaus retired at the end of May of this year. With the approval of Martin Hoshino Larry Miranda was named acting Chief of OCS as a retired annuitant. (Gee, I thought Jerry got rid of those. Jerry SAID he got rid of those.) Tony Chaus then submitted his retired annuitant package to Larry Miranda whose package was approved pretty much instantaneously by Martin Hoshino. Tony Chaus is now working as a retired annuitant in a position that doesn’t really exist, with no job title and no job duties, just a nice pay check to supplement his retirement income.
Chaus is sort-of in an oversight position at the Criminal Intelligence and Analysis Unit (CIAU). This unit has six (or maybe seven) analysts, who are supervised by a Lieutenant, who is supervised by a Special Agent or two who are supervised by a newly hired Associate Warden, who is now sort-of supervised by Chaus.
Chaus must be a very important guy. He drives a state car back and forth every day to his retired annuitant gig. He parks in a metered parking space and does not need to feed the meter as he has a state supplied red light casually sitting on the dash-board and a state issued ‘Law Enforcement State Business” placard prominently displayed. This allows Claus to avoid paying for either the meter or for parking in a state lot. (It must be nice to be special.)
I have been told by people in a position to know that Chaus had been an actual Parole Agent I in Fresno a long while back but was unsuccessful in that endeavor and went back to an institutional assignment. He then went to OIA, presumably where he became good buddies with Hoshino at OIG. It is nice that these old homies are taking care of each other I guess, but it seems to be tacky to me to be paying two retired annuitants who shouldn’t be working at all to do the same job when there are other people still on the payroll who could do it. It is especially disturbing when divisions are being told to watch the money due to a significant budget overrun but high-ranking people within the department are still pulling crap like this. The insult of the stunt with the placard and the red light are just icing on the cake, or maybe icing on the turd, depending on how you look at it.