York County jail coach Joseph Garcia testified in CV case


York County Jail’s intelligence commander testified he did not ask Joseph Garcia for his resume earlier than the county awarded C-SAU two 6-figure contracts – and did not Google Garcia.


Previous to hiring a contractor referred to as C-SAU to offer specialised coaching for officers on the York County Jail, facility Intelligence Commander Shawn Rohrbaugh carried out what he referred to as a “routine test.” 

Rohrbaugh referred to as references offered by the contractor, Joseph Garcia, and ran a legal background test on the Nationwide Crime Info Heart. The references checked out and the legal background test got here again clear, and C-SAU, and by extension, Garcia, was granted a $122,850 contract to offer gear, together with Kel-Tec KSG tactical, pump-action shotguns and coaching for as much as 18 corrections officers. 

Rohrbaugh, testifying Friday in York County Frequent Pleas Courtroom throughout a listening to on a request by the York Each day File to launch Garcia’s curriculum vitae, stated the county “didn’t request a CV or a resume” earlier than granting the contract. He stated he didn’t Google Garcia or search his social media historical past.  

Garcia described himself throughout testimony Friday as a “contract worker” of C-SAU with the title “Senior Staff Chief,” and his spouse, Shawna Johnston, as “managing director” of the Greenville, S.C.-based firm. 

It was solely after the Each day File revealed tales analyzing Garcia’s {qualifications} and expertise did the county get hold of the contractor’s curriculum vitae.  

Nonetheless, the county didn’t ask for his CV. Garcia testified that he emailed two paperwork to Rohrbaugh “due to what they stated within the papers” and that he sought to “debunk” the experiences that examined his {qualifications} and expertise. He claimed the newspaper experiences have been based mostly on allegations raised by his ex-wife, who he stated hoped to make use of them towards him throughout an ongoing custody dispute. 

Beforehand: :York County asserts jail contractor’s CV just isn’t a CV

Presviously:York County goes to courtroom to dam launch of C-SAU ‘Senior Staff Chief’ Joseph Garcia’s CV

Garcia stated these information tales included inaccuracies, however he hadn’t contacted the newspaper to ask for a correction. 

The newspaper has requested the county to launch the 2 paperwork Garcia despatched to Rohrbaugh. The state Workplace of Open Data dominated the paperwork are public data and must be launched. York County appealed the choice and now, underneath the regulation, has to show why they need to stay confidential. 

One doc has been launched – a seven-page, partly redacted doc stamped as “categorized” that gives a condensed model of Garcia’s schooling, coaching and expertise. The opposite doc, which runs 128 or 129 pages, consists of 41 letters of advice, 42 pictures and 42 certifications, in response to a doc entered into proof in courtroom. 

York County Solicitor Michelle Pokrifka argued that the lengthier doc just isn’t a CV and that it wasn’t topic to the newspaper’s Proper-to-Know request, which sought his CV. Paula Knudsen Burke, an lawyer with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press who’s representing the Each day File within the case, argued that each paperwork are a part of Garcia’s CV, noting {that a} title web page within the longer doc, included in a earlier courtroom submitting, described it as a CV.  

The county additionally argued that the longer doc comprises proprietary and “categorized” data, as outlined by Garcia.  

However underneath cross examination, Burke launched proof that related data – photographs and movies – had been posted on Garcia’s Fb web page, making the “categorized” argument moot since he was releasing that form of data himself. Garcia stated the agency that handles his social media posted the fabric solely after he had obtained permission from the businesses concerned to take action. 

Burke additionally requested Garcia who categorized the knowledge, and he responded that C-SAU did, and that no authorities entity had deemed the supplies within the doc he ready for York County as categorized. He stated he didn’t have permission from his purchasers to launch the supplies publicly. He additionally stated the longer doc features a shopper listing that could possibly be poached by rivals. 

Garcia, in response to Burke’s questions, stated the photographs on Fb had solely been posted after he obtained permission to make them public and that different folks, a bunch that handles his social-media presence, had posted them and that he hadn’t performed it himself.  

And, at one level, Garcia stated he didn’t know what a CV was, regardless that the longer doc, which he stated he had created, bore the title “CV.”  

Rohrbaugh testified that when he obtained the 2 unsolicited paperwork as password-protected attachments in an e-mail from Garcia despatched on Sept. 19, 2021 – the passwords expired after 24 hours – he couldn’t open the shorter doc and assumed that it was a replica, regardless that the 2 attachments bore completely different titles and have been completely different sizes. 

The jail intelligence officer stated he referred to as two of the references included within the longer doc – the Virginia Seashore police division and sheriff’s workplace and officers in Charleston, S.C. – and was glad with the responses he obtained. 

In November 2021, Rohrbaugh testified the county granted Garcia a brand new two-year contract valued at $252,770. Previous to awarding that contract, he stated he re-ran the NCIC background test, largely due to data reported within the newspaper articles. County coverage, he stated, was to re-check legal backgrounds of these working within the jail each two years. He “didn’t ask for any further data” from C-SAU or Garcia.  

Controversy has surrounded Garcia and C-SAU’s work on the jail. In December 2021, greater than 45 present and former inmates filed a class-action go well with towards C-SAU, Garcia and York County alleging that its insurance policies and coaching created “a poisonous tradition the place extreme and unjustified terror and violence is perpetrated with impunity.” The defendants have denied the claims and that case is pending. 

Associated:‘Extreme and unjustified terror and violence:’ York County hit with lawsuit over C-SAU

Associated:S.C. detention director says she warned York County Jail about controversial coach C-SAU

The general public document case involving Garcia’s CV will not be determined for greater than two months. York County Choose Matthew Menges has given the county’s attorneys 30 days from the date of receiving the transcript of Friday’s continuing to file a authorized transient in help of their place. The newspaper’s attorneys can have 30 days from when the county information its transient to reply. 


Supply hyperlink