By GUY McCARTHY
The Union Democrat
A Sonora police sergeant resigned in May during a dispute with his neighbors on BlackbirdLane, off Campo Seco Road and southwest of Sonora city limits, and the police department is investigating.
Scott Mallon, a U.S. Navy, Army and Army National Guard veteran who has served in law enforcement for more than 14 years, including the past six with the Sonora Police Department, spoke to The Union Democrat at his home on May 23 and said his resignation was effective three days earlier.
Mallon said, unprompted, that he would cooperate with any internal investigation if necessary. Sonora Police Chief Turu VanderWiel said on May 31 that Mallon was neither fired nor was he asked to resign in lieu of termination. He said internal affairs investigations are confidential personnel matters that take time, and the department was “still in the early stages of reviewing the facts.”