A self-proclaimed ethics chief abruptly resigns after divorce proceedings reveal he got caught doing something highly unethical with a subordinate on the job. Using family credit cards, his wife was able to verify the infidelity. In the words of Barry White, he should’ve practiced what he preached.
Jerry Powers served as the chief of LA County Probation for approx five years.
During his watch, it was reported, in 2013, the department lost contact with 2,000 probationers. Powers also ran additional background checks on probation officers, looking for ethics violations, and then violated the employees rights by not providing their mandated Scully Hearings. Ultimately, staff were dismissed outside of the union negotiated time frame for disciplinary measures.
In regards to the woman identified as his mistress, she held a high-ranking position in Human Resources with an annual salary of $160,000. Because Powers brought her in, she bypassed mandatory background checks, every other employee had to go through.
Kym Renner would divorce her husband in order to be with Mr. Powers full-time.
Powers came in 2011 and shook up the Probation Department, as mandated by the Board of Supervisors, all while engaging in the same behavior he willingly fired others for doing. Majority of those terminated were minorities. Many have and are in the process of getting their jobs back.
Jerry Powers official last day is Jan. 4th and in today’s LA Times, Board of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, is once again calling for reform in the department.
Comments on a WitnessLA.com article corroborate the claims that deputy probation officers were fired without cause.