CalCoastNews Series

The Dancing Chief

This series follows events during and after the tenure of former Paso Robles Police Chief Lisa Solomon (retired).

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A new Paso Robles chief just like the old chief?

By DANIEL BLACKBURN A six-person Paso Robles “citizens’ committee” advising in the selection of the city’s next chief of police includes the man whose recommendation led to the eventual appointment of  disgraced Lisa Solomon-Chitty as the city’s first female chief of police. Dennis Cassidy, a long-time veteran who headed the police department until retiring in […]... (Continue Reading)

Former Paso Robles officer claims retaliation

By DANIEL BLACKBURN A former Paso Robles police department veteran has filed a claim with the city alleging he was retaliated against by former chief Lisa Solomon-Chitty for his union activities. Such a claim, routinely dismissed by city officials, is a precursor to filing of a lawsuit. This is the third action filed in recent […]... (Continue Reading)

Chief’s charges against Paso Robles officer dismissed

Charges levied against a Paso Robles police officer for allegedly accessing DMV records by former chief of police Lisa Solomon-Chitty were dismissed earlier this month. Prosecutors asked San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge John Trice to dismiss the four misdemeanor counts lodged against Officer Jeff Bromby after determining they were unlikely to get a […]... (Continue Reading)

Onetime Paso Robles cop sues, cites former chief as sexual groper

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN Bringing new meaning to the phrase “cop a feel,” a former Paso Robles police officer filed a lawsuit against the city Tuesday, alleging former Police Chief Lisa Solomon-Chitty made repeated sexual advances toward him, and terminated him when she was rebuffed. In the action lodged by Brennan Lux, Solomon-Chitty […]... (Continue Reading)

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Paso Robles residents challenge chief’s rich deal

When the Paso Robles City Council agreed last week to pay Police Chief Lisa Solomon $250,000 for the embattled 46-year-old’s early “retirement,” more questions were raised than answered. Meanwhile, additional details of the city’s first female police chief’s checkered career are emerging, even as Paso Robles’ top appointed official heaps praise on the departing Solomon. North County community members are attempting to... (Continue Reading)

Solomon out as Paso Robles chief

By DANIEL BLACKBURN Lisa Solomon has stepped down as chief of police of Paso Robles following a tumultuous two months of relentless accusations by her own officers of sexual misconduct. An agreement between her and the city calls for payment “within five days” of a lump sum to her in the amount of $250,000. City […]... (Continue Reading)

App to Solomon: Lovely Lisa Meter Maid

Paso Robles City Manager Jim App labeled Police Chief Lisa Solomon as "Lovely Lisa Meter Maid” in one of a number of sometimes bizarre emails between top city staff, in which App also identified himself as “P.B.G. phat bald guy.” In his emails to key staff, App often signs off with “Don-key-ho-tee., or Word. J,” or “Danke!” CalCoastNews requested all emails between... (Continue Reading)