Richard C. Scholl is the 21st person to serve as Mono County Sheriff-Coroner. He is a native Californian, born in Pasadena in 1952. In 1960, his parents moved to Costa Mesa where he grew up enjoying the coastal lifestyle spending all his summers at the beach. At an early age his father brought him to the Sierra and introduced him to trout fishing in the June Lake loop. After graduating from school he moved to June Lake in 1971 with two close friends. As is typical in the Sierra lifestyle he worked many different jobs depending on the season. From busboy to Forest Service firefighter he was always able to enjoy what the Sierra had to offer. He became an avid skier, fisherman, golfer, photographer, and hunter. While living in June Lake, he met his wife Annette and they were married at the June Mt. amphitheater in 1975. They are still happily married and are proud of their two children Melissa and Kelly.
Sheriff Scholl’s introduction to the Mono County Sheriff’s Office was as a member of the June Lake Search and Rescue team. In 1974 he joined the Sheriff’s Department as a reserve deputy. He was then hired as a full time deputy sheriff in January 1975 assigned to the Mammoth Sub-station. He worked assignments as a jailer-dispatcher, and patrol.
In 1979 He wanted to expand his career so he did a lateral transfer to San Diego Police Department. After gaining invaluable experience working patrol and specialized assignments in some of the busiest areas of the city he was recruited to come back to Mono County. He returned in 1982 continuing to work primarily in the south end of the county. He served in positions from training officer, detective, and dive team member to S.W.A.T. team member.
Once Mammoth Lakes incorporated, the Sheriff’s Office had to downsize and Rick chose to transfer to the newly formed Mammoth Lakes Police Department. With MLPD, he became the first officer to bring the D.A.R.E. program to the Eastern Sierra. After teaching the D.A.R.E. program for one year he was promoted to Sergeant. During his tenure with the Mammoth Lakes Police Department he was assigned duties from watch-commander, training manager, firearms instructor, to grant writer. He was always involved in the community serving as a volunteer firefighter, high school booster, and served as president of the Mammoth Lakes Lions Club.
After 11 years with Mammoth Lakes Police Department Rick had an opportunity to get into business for himself in the San Diego area. He took that opportunity and moved to Carlsbad in 1997. While in the San Diego area he got involved in the Real Estate and mortgage business as well as became a corporate pilot flying a Citation Jet. He also did contract background investigations for Oceanside Police Department.
Even with the success Sheriff Scholl had in S. CA, his heart and passion was in Mono County. With the announcement in 2005 of former Sheriff-Coroner Dan Paranick’s impending retirement he jumped at the chance to move back to Mono County and run for Sheriff.
He was honored to win the election in November 2006 and looks forward to serving the citizens and visitors to Mono County along with the committed men and women of the Mono County Sheriff’s Office.