Saturday, November 26, 2022

Sonoma County Investigating Ukiah Police Chief Noble Waidelich at Request of Sheriff Kendall

Ukiah Police Chief Noble Waidelich when he graduated from the Peace Officers Standards and Training Leadership Institute in 2019 [Picture from the Ukiah Police Department Facebook page]

Less than twelve hours after news broke that the Ukiah Police Chief Noble Waidelich is on paid administrative leave due to a ‘criminal investigation’, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office has given a statement. 

SCSO’s Sergeant Juan Valencia told us the circumstances Waidelich is being investigated for cannot be disclosed “due to the active status of this investigation and to protect the integrity of the case.” 

On Monday, June 13, 2022, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office was informed of an allegation of criminal misconduct involving Waidelich. Sergeant Valencia told us that “Sheriff Kendall requested the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office conduct the investigation for transparency purposes.”

After SCSO was requested, Sergeant Valencia said, “The criminal investigation has been assigned to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Bureau and is actively being investigated.” If detectives substantiate the allegations, “the case will be submitted to the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office for review.”

For clarity, this criminal investigation is a separate matter from the civil lawsuit filed five years ago by Waidelich’s ex-fiancé Amanda Carley alleging a conspiracy between multiple Mendocino County agencies to protect Waidelich after he physically abused her. We know this because Carley’s allegations are a civil matter whereas the recent allegations being investigated by SCSO  are criminal in nature.

Sheriff Kendall confirmed he reached out to SCSO for assistance in the investigation of a criminal matter that was outside of his agency’s jurisdiction.

In their press release from last night, The City of Ukiah assured the public that services will remain consistent from the city police as their Chief remains out of the office pending both the personnel and criminal investigation.


The entirety of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office’s statement regarding this matter is below:

On June 13, 2022, an allegation of criminal conduct involving Ukiah Police Chief Noble Waidelich was reported to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. Due to the close working relationship between the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office and the Ukiah Police Department, Sheriff Kendall requested the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office conduct the investigation for transparency purposes.

The criminal investigation has been assigned to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Bureau and is actively being investigated. Upon completion of the investigation, the case will be submitted to the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office for review. 

We understand this case will have increased public interest. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office cannot release additional information due to the active status of this investigation and to protect the integrity of this case.


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6 COMMENTS

  1. So the sheriff believes the chief needs to be investigated for a crime but can’t
    divulge what the crime is, but he then makes his accusation public? This is very suspicious. What is the sheriff attempting to get ahead of?

  2. Just like in the old USSR in Russia.
    The public has no need to know.
    Removed from the job but no charges? Cart before the horse?
    No public records available for the press..
    Nothing to see here move along folks.

    Who do they think he is— Commissar husband Paul Pelosi?

    I am not saying he is a good or bad cop I have no idea- but the secrecy?

    Wow how is this PROGRESSIVE justice system working for everyone?

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFeverhttps://mendofever.com/
I like to think of myself as a journalist for the everyman. Journalism has become a craft practiced largely by the urban elite. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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