Today is bittersweet for the Detention Division. We celebrated Sergeant Eric Saya's retirement after 27 years. Sergeant Saya began his career as a Correctional Officer in 1991, he promoted to Sergeant in 1995. Eric has been part of and has led many teams through out his career, such as Personnel, Classification, Mental Health, Facility Training and Courts. Eric was also a member of one of the first Detention Division Special Emergency Response Teams and he was part of the first Peer Support Team in the Sheriff's Office. Eric was involved in the hiring of over 200 employees during his tenure in Personnel. He has seen many changes in the jail during his career, he enjoys working with the young Deputies just starting their careers.
Staff remembers Sgt. Saya as calm, supportive and trusting. Captain Awad commented, "Eric has always been a great teacher and the voice of reason and calm in stressful situations."
So what is Eric looking forward to in his retirement you ask? Well, last year he lost his home in the fire, so he is looking forward to spending time remodeling his new home and helping at Cal Skate, the skating rink he owns with his wife.
We are going to miss him and we wish him well!