“I do not need to be able to lose 5, 10% of my workforce in a single day on a vaccine mandate,” Villanueva stated final month.
And, the sheriff stated, many unvaccinated deputies are voluntarily leaving the division to flee the vaccination requirement.
“Had (the Board of Supervisors) not talked all this nonsense in regards to the mandate, I most likely would have gotten higher outcomes at getting my workers vaccinated over time,” Villanueva stated.
In accordance with Villanueva, the division usually sees simply over 500 retirements every year, however that quantity is as much as simply over 600 previously 12 months.
Coupled with a further 238 workers leaving the division for causes apart from retirement, Villanueva stated the departures are “disrupting our potential to supply public security companies to Los Angeles County.”
However the Board of Supervisors stated Villanueva’s numbers are flawed and there was no improve in attrition because the vaccine mandate was carried out.
The numbers introduced by Villanueva on Tuesday in contrast October 2019-2020 to October 2020-2021. The Covid-19 vaccine mandate for county workers went into impact October 1 of this yr.
“The LASD stage of attrition over the previous yr has been barely decrease than the general County price,” the Government Workplace of the Board stated in a press release to CNN. “There have been 9 LASD retirements in October, which isn’t thought of a excessive quantity.”
Villanueva couldn’t present a precise variety of workers departing as a direct results of the vaccine mandate, however stated the development is being gleaned from worker exit interviews.
“Whereas there is a unfavorable factor going towards legislation enforcement on the whole, this might simply be the straw that broke the camel’s again,” the sheriff stated, acknowledging that there could also be different causes at play with regards to shedding workers.
County Supervisor Janice Hahn stated Villanueva’s vocal opposition to the mandate is placing his workers in peril.
Throughout his information convention, Villanueva famous he’s vaccinated and prefers to “lead by instance,” moderately than via mandates.
“As a substitute of being an impediment,” County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda Solis stated, “I encourage the Sheriff to work with us and assist present training and outreach to those that stay unvaccinated, so we are able to guarantee their security and the well being of these round them, and at last put this pandemic behind us.”
Supervisor Kathryn Barger promised to assist and hearken to the division’s rank and file to “unravel what boundaries and obstacles they’re going through so we are able to attain a decision. In the end, all of us share a dedication to public security.”
CNN’s Sarah Moon, Anna-Maja Rappard and Kelly McCleary contributed to this report.