Today, the Mono County Board of Supervisors officially appointed and swore in Undersheriff Ralph Obenberger to the succeed Sheriff-Coroner Richard C. Scholl, who announced in November he was going to retire as of Dec. 20.
Obenberger has been in law enforcement for more 27 years. He started his career with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office for 15 years before moving to Mono County.
Over the course of his career, he has worked as a patrol deputy, special assignment deputy, training officer, dispatcher, sergeant, lieutenant, chief deputy coroner, and undersheriff.
"I believe I have excellent communications with all of my staff and employees, as well as allied agencies and other county departments," Obenberger said. "With all that said, I feel that I am very qualified and suited for taking on the responsibilities of the Office of the Sheriff."
As Obenberger comes into his new role as sheriff, there are three main challenges he sees the department facing: how Mono County will handle AB109 Realignment due to the larger number of inmates now being housed in the county facility rather than being sent to State Prison; dealing with manpower issues and residency issues within the Sheriff's Office; and the changes occurring within the Mammoth Lakes Police Department and the Town of Mammoth Lakes and those impacts on the Sheriff's Office.
"There are always challenges moving into a new position of responsibility. With that in mind, the ultimate responsibility for the Sheriff is the safety of the residents and visitors of Mono County. I will do whatever is necessary to ensure that safety," says Obenberger. "I am confident that with the staff and employees of the Mono County Sheriff's Office, we can accomplish anything."
Obenberger will officially take his seat as Sheriff-Coroner on Dec. 20.
"I have been honored to be the 21st person to serve as Sheriff-Corner of Mono County. To have the trust of the employees and the citizens over these past six years has truly been a privilege. I know our accomplishments have outweighed the defeats and I believe the Sheriff's Office is poised to continue moving forward in a positive manner under the direction of Obenberger," Scholl said.