The City of Ukiah’s Deputy City Manager Shannon Riley has confirmed that the Ukiah Police Department has a new Acting Chief, Cedric Crook. Crook has been an officer with the Ukiah Police Department since 1998, making him a 24-year veteran of the department.
Crook has taken the position in the wake of Chief Noble Weidelich’s paid administrative leave due to a criminal investigation, the nature of which remains unknown.
On Tuesday at approximately 11:00 p.m. the news broke via a press release from the City of Ukiah that Chief Waidelich was on administrative leave due to an “ongoing criminal investigation led by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.”
Sergeant Juan Valencia of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office confirmed his agency was investigating the criminal matter, as requested by Sheriff Matt Kendall for “transparency purposes”, but said the circumstances being investigated could not be disclosed because of “the active status of this investigation and to protect the integrity of this case.”
Chief Noble Waidelich and his alleged abuse of his ex-fiancée Amanda Carly became national media attention when the Los Angeles Times told her story accusing her employer (Mendocino County’s Probation Department) of protecting her abuser. A civil suit involving Carley’s accusations is scheduled to go in front of a Mendocino County Superior Judge in September 2022. Note, the criminal investigation involving Waidelich currently being investigated by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office is not related to the civil suit.