I Sued the Sheriff: A Disgruntled Deputy Sees the Power of Litigation

Granville McCollough ran on a populist platform for Director-Sergeant of the San Francisco union representing sheriff's deputies and underlings. In an official campaign statement, he stumped for better working conditions and more power to the little guy, promising that, if elected, he'd make the "day-to-day operational supervisor's voice be heard."

If he couldn't do that in speeches, he'd do it in court.

McCollough is a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the city alleging unfair labor practices. "This is exactly the kind of issue we should be fighting for," he says.

Apparently, his colleagues agreed — enough to elect McCollough by a one-vote margin. And he made good on his promise to keep fighting. In fact, the deputy is waging two concurrent lawsuits against the city and the Sheriff's office; the other alleges that his boss, Lt. Bridget O'Callaghan, repeatedly abused and harassed him.

Both McCollough and his attorney, Phillip Trujillo, declined to comment. If he wins the harassment case, though, the deputy stands to reap more than $25,000 — not bad for a city employee who already pulled $152,239 in 2012, according to payroll records. He'll also affirm that litigation is a powerful weapon, even for little guys.

 
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