South Pasadena city officials hold se...

South Pasadena city officials hold secret interview for police chief

There are 14 comments on the Pasadena Star-News story from Aug 18, 2010, titled South Pasadena city officials hold secret interview for police chief. In it, Pasadena Star-News reports that:

A reserve cop with ties to the police officer's union and a former Maywood police chief each confirmed Wednesday they are finalists for the city's open police chief job.

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fred flintstone

Compton, CA

#1 Aug 19, 2010
arent we Tired of the BROWN ACT
Fabio

United States

#2 Aug 19, 2010
Take notes on how Pasadena hired their chief, then do the opposite.
Andy K

AOL

#3 Aug 19, 2010
Many residents predicted a deal between Council and Payne months ago (it was denied by Council). It looks they may be correct.

"Leave it to beaver...", give me a break!
SouthPas Resident

United States

#4 Aug 19, 2010
When will the City Council simply learn to follow the law? Its not that hard.

And yes, traffic is the biggest law enforcement issue to concern South Pas, but the "stings" performed by the previous Chief were poorly executed and public relations failures. What the City needs is plain old regular daily traffic enforcement.
willy

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#5 Aug 19, 2010
In light of the recent issues arising from Maywood and Bell, the selection should not be secret in order to avoid suspicions and give confidence to the public.
Dan Watson

Mammoth Lakes, CA

#6 Aug 19, 2010
SouthPas Resident wrote:
When will the City Council simply learn to follow the law? Its not that hard.
And yes, traffic is the biggest law enforcement issue to concern South Pas, but the "stings" performed by the previous Chief were poorly executed and public relations failures. What the City needs is plain old regular daily traffic enforcement.
"South Pasadena Resident," who appears to live in Chula Vista, doesn't understand that the stings he complains about regularly resulted in positive feedback from both residents and business owners who appreciated the steps taken to make the streets safer. He probably doesn't recall the pedestrians killed while crossing Huntington in crosswalks or the multiple students struck while crossing Fair Oaks near the Middle School, including one who is permanently disabled. The City Council encouraged these operations. The only people who complained to the Police Department were some of the people cited. Perhaps South Pasadena Resident is one of them.
George from Bell PD

San Dimas, CA

#7 Aug 19, 2010
Hauptmann is egomaniac who only cares about wearing the chief's uniform. He will screw South Pas like he screwed Maywood. Don't let him bring the Maywood stink to South Pas. The guy is a real jerk and a terrible leader. He is currently being sued by approximately 9 officers from Maywood, great track record.
The Truth

South Pasadena, CA

#8 Aug 22, 2010
Well I can't say I am shocked that this fish wrapper has printed another article that is fraught with inaccuracies. Even the worst Chief South Pasadena ever saw had to chime in on it.

You headline this article calling Lieutenant Payne a mere reserve cop who has ties to the police officers union, in fact, after 35 years working there it would not shock anyone that he is familiar with each member of the department and the residents!

The brown act violation allegation is a joke, I am sure the city attorney checks everything before it happens. It is a violation to tell the public anything discussed about personnel matters.

Hauptmann lead Maywood PD into extinction, you list that Maywood contracted with the sheriff, in fact the sheriff is forced by law to take over the duties of the failed PD after the shambles Hauptmann left it in. Choosing to allow Hauptmann a second department to destroy would not be too smart.

If you ask anyone in the entire city of south pasadena, they will tell you that Lieutenant Payne is the ONLY choice for Chief.
SAY WHAT

Los Angeles, CA

#9 Aug 23, 2010
Andy K wrote:
Many residents predicted a deal between Council and Payne months ago (it was denied by Council). It looks they may be correct.
"Leave it to beaver...", give me a break!
Andy, you just stirring the pot on this one or you just like running your mouth. The liars in the City that wanted to keep one of the worst cheifs ever to sit as the top cop in that one horse town will and did make up any story they could in their lousy attempt at keeping him in office. all 29 of his friends were shouting that the sky was falling like chicken little. I think people wanted to hear from the other 25000 residents on how they felt. there was no back room deal but it was way over due to change the top spot. who better to sit there than MR SOUTH PASADENA himself?
Rich

Whittier, CA

#10 Aug 24, 2010
I hope the city of south Pasadena does not make the same mistake as Maywood did. Fran Hauptmann is not qualified or eductaed to run a department. All he did in maywood was spend, spend and spend. He hired his daughter and his/her friends to ridiculous salaries some as high as $10,000 a month. He skirted around the city and dept owns rules and regualtions. It doesnt surprise me that they met behind closed doors and in secret. Fran Hauptmann was klnown to have these secret meetings. He is also a great story teller and liar about his past. Please do your research and see why he had his own company do his background and not let an independant comapny complete it. Hauptmann, what you hiding?
MitchV

Whittier, CA

#11 Aug 24, 2010
All south Pas needs is for ex-chief hauptmann to brings all his second chance officers. He hired a female and gave her acces to all the city's personnel files. Later on it was confirmed that she was married to a Maywood Locos Gang Member (Montenegro#. Hauptmann and his cronies #soon to be south Pas employees# swept it under the rug. Ex-chief hauptmann best friend #Rubio# sent a deragatory email thru the dept computers depicting an employee as a homosexual. Hauptmanns cronies swept it under the rug. Ex-chief hauptmann knew that a city councilman #Aguirre) gained tax payer funds to reconstruct his business/residence and did nothing about it. Is this the type of administration you want in south Pas?
wait a minute

Rosemead, CA

#12 Aug 24, 2010
The Truth wrote:
Well I can't say I am shocked that this fish wrapper has printed another article that is fraught with inaccuracies. Even the worst Chief South Pasadena ever saw had to chime in on it.
You headline this article calling Lieutenant Payne a mere reserve cop who has ties to the police officers union, in fact, after 35 years working there it would not shock anyone that he is familiar with each member of the department and the residents!
The brown act violation allegation is a joke, I am sure the city attorney checks everything before it happens. It is a violation to tell the public anything discussed about personnel matters.
Hauptmann lead Maywood PD into extinction, you list that Maywood contracted with the sheriff, in fact the sheriff is forced by law to take over the duties of the failed PD after the shambles Hauptmann left it in. Choosing to allow Hauptmann a second department to destroy would not be too smart.
If you ask anyone in the entire city of south pasadena, they will tell you that Lieutenant Payne is the ONLY choice for Chief.
How is Dan Watson the worst police chief?? Did he cover up scandalous acts such as officers having sex while on duty or alcohol involved hit and runs by off-duty officers. NO.
SAY WHAT

Los Angeles, CA

#13 Aug 25, 2010
Much worse than that.... but you would not believe The Truth because you think he walks on water it seems.
Bell POA

San Dimas, CA

#14 Sep 2, 2010
Hauptmann will ruin South Pas just like he ruined Maywood. The guy is a real piece of sh-t. Next thing you know the AG will be sniffing around.

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