Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Juan Valencia told us today that his agency’s investigation into the alleged criminal conduct of the former Ukiah Police Chief Noble Waidelich has concluded and the findings have been forwarded to the Mendocino County District Attorney.
This news comes nearly two and a half months after the City of Ukiah announced Waidelich was fired. A press release from the city at the time quoted City Manager Sage Sangiacomo as saying, “Recent events have transpired, illuminating the fact that this individual is not a good fit for the City. Our community deserves better; the good men and women who do this work every day with integrity deserve better.”
In June, Mendocino County Sheriff Matt Kendall told us he was informed of circumstances that warranted investigation and requested SCSO take over the investigation for transparency and conflict of interest purposes.
We have reached out to Mendocino County District Attorney David Eyster for comment and any clarity he could provide regarding these criminal charges. As of publication, he has yet to respond.
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.