Huron Rally to Save Police Department

Huron Rally to Save Police Department

There are 25 comments on the CBS 47 story from Mar 23, 2010, titled Huron Rally to Save Police Department. In it, CBS 47 reports that:

Who will protect the people of Huron? That's the question residents are asking in the Western Fresno County town, facing the possibility of losing their police department.The community is located north of Coalinga and west of Lemoore and is home to nearly 8,000 people.Huron faces a deficit of nearly $two million, which is more than its annual ...

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Thousand Oaks, CA

#1 Mar 30, 2010
maybe the cops there should not work 12 hr shifts and spend half of the time eating!!!!!!!!!!1
Arsenio Marquez

Fresno, CA

#2 Mar 30, 2010
Huron PD has done a good job of keeping the thugs in jail. Now you can walk to the bank without getting mugged. It wasn't always like that in Huron.

Fresno, CA

#3 Apr 1, 2010
I am a former Huron city council member. I think it's funny that the city is reporting such a serious financial crisis, and has no money for their employees, yet they are willing to offer $100,000 a year for a new chief of police. That's even more than Chief Minor is making in Coalingaand equal to what Orange Cove is paying Steenport. Are things really that bad in Huron? I doubt it. The city has hid money from the public for years. When Garay issued the city his mid year budegt report in January of 2009, we were only $498,000 in the rears. One year later, city manager Ford reports a whopping 2 million dollar deficit. Where did the money go all of a sudden? And if we are that far in debt, why are we willing to pay a new chief another $40,000 (interim chief Herndon is earning $60,000 a year now) when the police have been working without a contract for over 2 years? Everyday I watch Ford drive in and out of town in the black Prius that the city has provided for him, complete with EXEMPT state plates and his surfboard rack on the roof. Do you think that's wise use of the city's resources in such times of financial crisis. The Huron city council are the ones you should be looking at because they are responsible for this mess.

Rochester, NY

#5 Apr 1, 2010
LOL I guess the only ones stupid enough not to figure all this out are the ones running the city. Huron needs to get rid of their city counsel and vote new ones in. They also need to get rid of the Taylor twin (Forde) and get someone who understands and possibly even cares about their community. LoL Huron city counsel sounds more like a bucket of dumb A$$es for not seeing the obvious.

Visalia, CA

#6 Apr 6, 2010
When I first read this, I didn't think too much of the similarities. After thinking about it a while, I decided to look into the matter to see if there was anything behind these claims. Come to find out there is. The part about Wilburn, Taylor and Pennie in Huron and Maricopa is accurate. Forde's work in Firebaugh and McFarland is also accurate. The part about "Gene Froome" needs a little clarification. His name is Gene Fretheim (Not Froome) and he was the Maricopa Police Chief until he was fired in February. According to former Huron & Maricopa (now McFarland's) city manager Bob Wilburn, Fretheim is a retired LAPD sergeant who was hired on part-time as the police chief last year. Since Fretheim lives in Santa Clarita, he wasn't around the community much. Big surprise. Come to find out, a Maricopa family filed a restraining order against Chief Fretheim after he shot their dog in October of 2009 and Fretheim had to turn in his guns to Taft PD until he could get the restraining order dismissed. This made KERO Channel 23 headlines on October 5, 6, 9, and 15, 2009. Just do a Google search on Maricopa Police Chief Dismissed. The claims made in this blog are starting to make more and more sense and all are verifiable. The strange relationship of these 'gypsy style' police chiefs and city managers who all live in So Cal and all seem to follow each other from place to place like a swarm of locust are a warning from recent history. All one must do to see where things will go, is to look at where these men have been.

Fresno, CA

#7 Jun 8, 2010
Interesting events taking place in olde town Huron.

The city has announced that they have hired Sutter Creek Police Chief Robert Duke as their new police chief. That makes Duke the 9th police chief in Huron in the past 10 years. Here is a corrupt city council and nomadic city manager searching for a messiah when they fail to see that much of what is happening is a direct result of thier lies and incompetence. The Huron city council is a prime example of Mexicans feeding upon their brethren.

On the flip side, Huron offers an outstanding reputation for incompetence and corruption. Currently, Mayor Ramon Dominguez is facing charges of real estate fraud, there is a federal probe over misappropriation of grant and enterprize zone funding, a $2 million dollar deficit, a $1.6 million dollar lawsuit from a Fresno County Sheriff's Deputy who was bitten and 100% disabled by a Huron polce K9 in 2009, police officers who are working in their 3rd year without a contract, lawsuits from employees who they city tried to fire unsuccessfully, and much, much more.

Interested citizens can gather at the Buford's each morning and listen to 'Ol Blue brag about everything that was said during closed session. No doubt these clowns will be ousted during the upcoming election. Patty Alvarado has my vote for mayor.

Dean Gordon told us this was going to happen back in the 1980s and nobody would listen. I think the grand jury will.
eyes open

Fresno, CA

#8 Jun 25, 2010
Hopefully Chief Duke will unite the Officers and heal the wounds left behind by Steeport and his band of misfits that went to OC.

Woodstock, GA

#10 Mar 25, 2011
you are a liar...hope you got a good attorney and documentation to back up your claims

Let me know if you want to meet me and my attorney so we can discuss your lies, we will gladly meet you.

You are so chicken shit that you don't use your real name.

You are a punk!

United States

#11 Jun 10, 2011
Where did Alan B and chief steenport fit in all this mess? Currently Hurons manager and chief belong to orange cove,and orange coves financials are in a mess, and orange cove is running a big deficit????
Lucas M

United States

#12 Oct 16, 2011
Can blame certain people for this mess, everyone is accountable for their own actions. Is everyone's fault from the council, the police and mainly the people who ignore and vote for those people the politics.

Mexicans in Huron could care less about the town, all they want is a paycheck to feed their families. This nonsense needs to stop and hopefully the new generation does something about it.
like I see it

United States

#13 Oct 17, 2011
Steenport and the entire Huron city council are all corrupt Steenport could not be chief in coalinga because he was a womanizing liar and could not stay in Huron because he was a liar...each of his jobs before those he was basically run
el jeffe

Los Angeles, CA

#15 Dec 6, 2012
Steenport was a peice of crap when he was a sgt with the san jacinto police department, how he ever convinced ANY department to make him a chief is beyond me.

Fallon, NV

#16 Jan 24, 2013
What ever happened to one George Turegano from Santa Cruz County (Capitola) CA who was recently hired as Heron's new police chief. I don't see his name mentioned anywhere.
orange cove

Visalia, CA

#17 Apr 2, 2013
Both cities both corrupt ..what about the chief is it true or lies. Both cities same shit

Visalia, CA

#18 Apr 16, 2014
George has no backbone. He's let several good officers be ran through like a cheap hooker by Chad. Huron could be great.
Huron Finest

Hanford, CA

#19 Apr 29, 2014
Great job Turegano and Chad this will be your legacy. You’re both worthless cops, it’s embarrassing what you have done to that department. Can’t even handle a kidnapping case, you handed over to FSO FIVE hours later…WOW

Visalia, CA

#20 May 12, 2014
Look at how the police department has been ran down since Chad has been there. Officers almost getting killed by gang members, yet the police department has sat back and done nothing. Chad continues to hire questionable officers. Like his cousin as Sgt. Then hires a female officer that has or had a dating relationship with his son. Are you kidding me???? These are common practices of Chad McMullen and these are problems that Chief Turegano continue to allow. Open your eyes to the corruption. The quality of service that community gets is just as poor as the people living there. Great job city council for placing and allowing such idiots to run off your good officers. I don't even want to get started on that alcoholic scumbag you have as city attorney, who by the way is drunk during hearings that involve termination of officers.
Get some

Visalia, CA

#21 May 28, 2014
I wish Chad would sign up for battle of the badges so I could whoop his ass. Bad thing is he's to much of a little bitch to do it

Visalia, CA

#22 May 28, 2014
Hey Chad tell your wife she can ride bitch again on my motorcycle when ever she feels up to it. It was nice getting to know her while she was here too bad she ended up back in California. Miss me baby? I know you do. See you soon Angela

Visalia, CA

#23 Jul 11, 2014
George Turregano,

Let's not forget how you became chief of police, I'm here to remind you. See George approached a fellow brother of the lodge of whom he knew was working for Huron. George inquired with his fellow brother about Huron looking to hire a new chief. This brother then went back to Huron and approached a certain officer about assisting George to become Hurons new chief of police.

During this time George promised his fellow brother he'd take care of him and look out for the good officers. Since George made all these promises to his fellow brother, he was taken care of. See George is not the brightest, he didn't do so well when he interviewed for chief in the past. As a matter of fact the time he was assisted and got the job he finished 8th out of 9.

So George gets the votes to become chief of police, even though he wasn't the favorite of city council. This again is due to the help of several officers based off George keeping his word. The first thing that happens when George becomes chief is he meets with several officers who assisted him and again gives his word to fix the troubles of Huron PD and get rid of the bad officers.

Well George started off okay, I'd say he kept his word for all of a day. After that he became a puppet to the city manager and Chad McMullen. Although according to George he knows for a fact that the city manager did funny stuff with money, yet he has failed as chief of police to take any action.

After George became a puppet of McMullen and the city manager several officers started to get targeted for false allegations and reasons mostly created and fabricated out of rumors led by McMullen and his minions. George turned his back on all who assisted him in becoming chief and started targeting them all. Self preservation I assume, fear of officers who got him in probably could get him out after his incompetent ways were discovered.

Now citizens of Huron and city council take a long good look at your city and it's safety. I'd venture to say it's at an all time low by now. Puga, Gomez, Reitsma and Arciga kept the city in check mostly kept everyone safe. To walk the streets, to go out at night and not be harassed by cops who's badges are bigger then they are. Take a long hard look at this story of secrets as it has been unveiled to you and question your police departments actions over the past 2 years. Hold the chief accountable for all wrong doing, his ignorance is not an excuse. He's ultimately responsible for allowing all this to take place. If he would have stuck to his word none of this would be happening.

The brotherhood of screwed over officers.

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