Grover Beach commander to be next police chief
May 19, 2015
The Grover Beach City Council selected Police Commander John Peters as the city’s next chief. [KEYT]
Peters is a 10-year veteran of the Grover Beach force. He will take over as chief on June 1 with a base salary of $124,800, or $10,400 a month.
Current chief Jim Copsey retired late last year, but stayed on the job as interim chief at a rate of $11,071 a month. Copsey became eligible for his CalPERS pension when he retired, and California law allows him to collect both the salary and retirement pay for a period of six months.
Mayor John Shoals expressed concern about Peters’ contract. In particular, Shoals questioned a clause that grants Peters nine month severance pay if the council fires him without cause, and he does not find another job.
Still, Shoals voted in favor of the contract. The council approved the contract unanimously.
City Manager Bob Perrault told the council that Peters stood out among a field of candidates from across the U.S.
Peters said his priorities as the new chief are foot patrols, a bicycle patrol and placing cameras in local parks. Long-term solutions to homeless and panhandling problems will come from greater regional cooperation, Peters said.
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