• Pacific Grove to Hire Full-Time Police Chief

    Contract with Seaside Will Be Terminated

    Despite reports to the contrary, Pacific Grove City Manager Tom Frutchey did not give 90-day notice to Police Chief Vicki Myers to “terminate Pacific Grove’s contract with her.”

    First, the contract is with the City of Seaside, not with Chief Myers herself. It is not dependent upon who holds the office.

    Frutchey, after briefing Pacific Grove’s City Council, did send a letter to John Dunn, City Manager of Seaside, asking to terminate the contract between the two cities. Police officers in Pacific Grove were also apprised of the situation at shift changes Saturday morning and Sunday morning, Sept. 6 and 7.

    The termination did not arise out of dissatisfaction with Chief Myers. The impetus, rather, came from Myers herself.

    Frutchey said she wrote a letter to him stating that the environment of police protection is changing, both nationally and locally, and that given the additional scrutiny on the service, especially after events in Ferguson and Baltimore, she felt she couldn’t do either city justice by being part-time in each and felt that it was best if she devoted all of her energies to Seaside.

    That doesn’t mean the contact will not be terminated in 90 days. The contract has always required 90-days notice on the part of either city, and Frutchey says Seaside may be willing to mutually terminate sooner than 90 days. That would allow, for example, Chief Myers to resume her full-time duties in Seaside earlier. In fact, given budget constraints, it would be more economical for Pacific Grove if the contract were terminated early so that Pacific Grove does not have to fund an interim chief while still paying the required sums of the contract.

    Frutchey said that the search will begin immediately for an interim chief and also for a long-term chief. He expected the process for recruiting and selecting a long-term Chief to take 4-6 months.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on September 7, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News

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