Robert Burton offered Paso Robles chief position
May 14, 2013
By CALCOASTNEWS STAFF
Capt. Robert Burton has reportedly been selected to be the next chief of the Paso Robles Police Department, according to police sources.
Burton is acting chief and has been leading the department for nearly a year since the scandal-plagued departure of Lisa Solomon-Chitty from the top cop’s job in March 2012.
Several former Paso Robles Police officers accused Solomon-Chitty of sexual harassment, creating a hostile work environment and initiated an illegal ticket quota scheme.
Two separate, extensive national searches have attracted 103 candidates and culled out at least three leading contenders for the job, but none apparently have been willing to accept the position.
During the first round, Burton said he did not want the $160,000 job and did not participate.
The first leading candidate was Manuel “Manny” Guaderrama, a 29-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department, who accepted, and then declined, the position late last year.
After that, city officials initiated another search, this time attracting 43 candidates including Burton.
A panel of citizens and city officials interviewed finalists April 5. According to sources, the top two candidates in the most recent search effort have rejected the opportunity, both for “personal reasons.”
Burton’s selection will make for the third internal recruitment of a Paso Robles Chief.
Human Resources Director Marlene Sanders said the city has “no comment on the search for the chief of police.”