Search Site

California’s Napa County Works to Start a Whistleblower Program

In just the latest example of local municipalities following the lead of state and federal governments in taking whistleblower protections more seriously, Napa County in California is looking to start its own whistleblower program to combat fraud and waste in county government.

After establishing a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the county determined that without a whistleblower program in place, potential fraud would likely go undetected.

Usually local whistleblower programs have phone numbers and websites through which people can get in touch with government representatives and leave tips. The Auditor-Controller for the county is already working on a version for Napa County, and the goal is for the program to be up and running by the end of the year.

Neighboring Solano county established its own whistleblower program in 2008, so the Napa County version is likely to take a lot of inspiration from it.

Why is the county taking this action?

There have been some incidents over the years that have pushed Napa County in this direction.

In one case, an employee who was already on probation was lying down in his car during work hours. That employee was fired. In another case, a county employee worked massive amounts of overtime beyond what any single person could realistically work. The employee’s supervisor signed off on the time sheets, so the district attorney didn’t prosecute. However, the supervisor was disciplined and the behavior brought to an end.

There are all types of potential wasteful and fraudulent officials that can occur in county government, some more serious than others. But the more counties that take initiative and develop their own whistleblower programs, the more support there will be across the nation for whistleblowers at all levels of government.

For further guidance on the steps you should take when moving forward with a whistleblower case, contact a skilled Dallas attorney with Kardell Law Group.

Awards & Honors
Our Office
  • Dallas Office
    4514 Cole Ave
    Dallas, Texas 75205
    Phone: 214-306-8045
    Fax: 469-729-9926
As Seen In
In his new book, "Standing Up to China: How a Whistleblower Risked Everything for His Country," former client & Author, Ashley Yablon, quotes Attorney Steve Kardell about Whistelblower Law.
  • "Steve Kardell was terrific in representing me in some very adversarial discussions with Citigroup and also later represented me in my testimony before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission."  -Richard Bowen, Citigroup Whistleblower

  • "Incredible knowledge of employee related concerns and equally brilliant knowledge of health care regulations, standards of practice. I would recommend this firm to anyone."  -V.B.

  • "Reaching out to Steve Kardell was the best decision I made. His ability to provide immediate insight and direction was very powerful, and a huge relief during a very stressful time period. For anyone struggling with a whistleblower situation, I would highly recommend at least speaking with Steve. After a 10 minute call with him, I had a better understanding of what I was dealing with. Even better, he gave me some immediate hope. In the end Steve did a better job than I thought was possible. Steve was able to get in contact with people in my organization, that I didn’t have access to. Because of his years of experience, he already has contacts in many organizations in Dallas. The entire situation was handled peacefully. I was impressed by his ability to “keep the peace”–rather than creating a battle with the organization. The reason I didn’t reach out to a lawyer initially, was because I thought it would mean an immediate end to any hope of a positive relationship with the company. Steve was able to address my concerns, and in the end I was able to continue to work for them."  -KS

  • "Never thought my career would end like it did after 30 years of service. I was part of the first round of the so called reduction of force. I asked myself how can I be part of this with 30 years of seniority. How did they pick these 90 plus employees? Now, the culture of this organization made you question every decision they made. It wasn’t what you knew it’s was a culture of who you know. Nonetheless, I did not accept their severance package. I immediately starting looking for an attorney who would take on my case. After the initial call to Steve I had hope again. He was open and honest about everything and reassured me he would do his best for me, and he did. I had an awesome outcome. Thanks Steve you’re the best."  -S.S.