SONOMA COUNTY — Ukiah Police Chief Noble Waidelich was placed on administrative leave Monday pending an “ongoing criminal investigation” by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, according to the Ukiah City Assistant Shannon Riley.
Waidelich was furloughed from Monday, officials said.
The city of Ukiah had no further comment because the investigation is both a personal and criminal matter, they said. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said it took over the investigation because of the “close working relationship” between the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office and the Ukiah Police Department. As such, Mendocino County Sheriff Matt Kendall turned the investigation over to Sonoma County.
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said it could not release any details about the investigation due to his active status, but Waidelich is currently being prosecuted for alleged domestic abuse.
Amanda Carley, Waidelich’s former fiancée and former county probation department employee, filed a lawsuit in 2017 against Waidelich, alleging domestic assault and willful infliction of emotional distress. Included in her lawsuit are the county probation department and Mendocino County, which she says retaliated against her when she reported Waidelich’s alleged abuse.
The trial is due to begin on September 26.