Wednesday Jan 19 2011
New undersheriff has familiar ties to D'Agostini
By: Penne Usher Telegraph Correspondent
There’s a new undersheriff in El Dorado County and he’s related to the sheriff. After the Board of Supervisors approved the reinstatement last week of the position Sheriff John D’Agostini announced his selection for the position — his brother in law. Law enforcement veteran Capt. Rich Williams, currently with the Yolo County Sheriff’s office, is D’Agostini’s wife Janine’s brother, he said. “After considering all candidates and reviewing county policy and state law, I made the decision to select Capt. Williams due to his training, administrative experience, qualifications and trust,” D’Agostini said. Williams, a 25-year law enforcement veteran, is currently the commander of the Yolo County Sheriff’s Administrative Division. “I am truly honored to be entering such a well respected organization and look forward to working closely with the men and women of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office,” Williams said. “The sheriff’s employees have an outstanding reputation in the law.” D’Agostni said he has known his newly selected second in command for more than two decades. “(Williams) is an effective law enforcement manager whose knowledge, training, and experience will be an asset to the (the office),” D’Agostini said. “I am proud to appoint him as my undersheriff.” Williams joined the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department in 1985 as a reserve deputy after a three year stint in the Army. He spent some time with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department before returning to Yolo in 1988. Williams has a B.A. in criminal justice and is a graduate of the 210th session of the FBI national academy in Quantico, Va. According to the El Dorado County Salary Schedule, the position pay ranges from a low of $11,478 a month to a high of $13,951. The figures do not include benefits.