Burton named chief, again
June 19, 2013
Cal Poly alumnus Robert Burton was named Paso Robles’ new chief of police following city council endorsement Tuesday.
Burton, 47, has been a captain with the department and was former Chief Lisa Solomon-Chitty’s top aide during her scandal-ridden administration.
CalCoastNews reported on May 14 that Burton had been offered the position, but council members did not have a say in the matter until last night.
Burton has been acting chief and has been leading the department for nearly a year since Solomon-Chitty was dumped 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.
Burton did not compete in the first round of selection involving 103 candidates, which eventually resulted in a pick of Manuel “Manny” Guaderrama, a 29-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department. Gauderrama accepted, and then declined, the $160,000 job late last year.
Other prior selections favored by a citizen panel declined the job.
Burton said in a press release that he is “deeply honored” to be named as chief.