Paso Robles to spend $20,000 for chief search
May 2, 2012
City officials agreed to hire the Los Gatos firm of William Avery and Associates at a cost of almost $20,000 to find a replacement for former chief Lisa Solomon. Following allegations of sexual assaults, illegal ticket quotas, and manipulation of crime statistics, Solomon resigned in April.
Several officers contend the city is still operating in an unsafe manner under Capt. Robert Burton, who they said should be replaced until a new chief is hired in about six to eight months.
For example, during several days in April, of the 20 people working for the police department, only two where assigned to answer calls for the city. Generally, dispatchers receive 40 to 75 calls a night.
One acting chief
Two code enforcement employees
Five to six support staff employees
And only two patrol officers to answer calls for the city of approximately 30,000.