Sacramento County inspector general Francine Tournour begins job

Sacramento County’s new inspector general overseeing the sheriff’s office is on the job and speaking out about her priorities. Francine Tournour was appointed by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors last week. Her first day at work was on Thursday. The inspector general role ensures the integrity of the citizen complaint process, and they also see to the thoroughness and fairness of any investigations related to the sheriff’s office.Tournour was born in Oakland and played basketball in high school and college. She began her career in law enforcement as a deputy sheriff in Contra Costa County. She later served as a deputy director for the office of public safety accountability for the city of Sacramento. In 2008, she was promoted to director.She is the mother of two sons who are in the Navy. At times the role of inspector general has pitted the overseer against the sheriff’s office. “I think most importantly, and first and foremost, I am apolitical,” Tournour said about how she would approach the job. “I don’t get involved in politics. This is not a part of my role.” As a result, she said that “I answer to the community.” The inspector general position works as a contract position, meaning her appointment runs through Aug. 31, 2023. Tournour will have the option to renew the agreement for two additional one-year terms.The job had been vacant since earlier this year when Mark Evenson resigned. Tournour said her first goal is to learn about the community and meet with county supervisors to find out their expectations of the role. She plans to do ride-alongs with deputies, tour the jails and take part in community events.

Sacramento County’s new inspector general overseeing the sheriff’s office is on the job and speaking out about her priorities.

Francine Tournour was appointed by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors last week. Her first day at work was on Thursday.

The inspector general role ensures the integrity of the citizen complaint process, and they also see to the thoroughness and fairness of any investigations related to the sheriff’s office.

Tournour was born in Oakland and played basketball in high school and college. She began her career in law enforcement as a deputy sheriff in Contra Costa County. She later served as a deputy director for the office of public safety accountability for the city of Sacramento. In 2008, she was promoted to director.

She is the mother of two sons who are in the Navy.

At times the role of inspector general has pitted the overseer against the sheriff’s office.

“I think most importantly, and first and foremost, I am apolitical,” Tournour said about how she would approach the job. “I don’t get involved in politics. This is not a part of my role.”

As a result, she said that “I answer to the community.”

The inspector general position works as a contract position, meaning her appointment runs through Aug. 31, 2023. Tournour will have the option to renew the agreement for two additional one-year terms.

The job had been vacant since earlier this year when Mark Evenson resigned.

Tournour said her first goal is to learn about the community and meet with county supervisors to find out their expectations of the role.

She plans to do ride-alongs with deputies, tour the jails and take part in community events.

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