The investigations regarding the accusations made against the Chief of Police are still ongoing. For both investigations, the City retained outside, independent investigators to ensure each investigation remains separate and each can be thoroughly examined and addressed.
“The investigation process takes a significant amount of time, but it is crucial we let due process take its course so the facts of the cases come to light without any interference,” said Santa Paula City Manager Dan Singer. “The City is committed to making informed decisions based on the facts uncovered in these investigations, and will take necessary action when it is appropriate.”
There have been calls in the community to place the Chief of Police on administrative leave. Placing an employee on administrative leave involves a complex analysis that focuses on employee safety and operational management. In accordance with the City’s normal course of action, each case is addressed on an individual basis to determine if the use of administrative leave is appropriate.
Currently, the Chief of Police is working remotely and is required to have no contact with the employees who made the allegations. City administration has taken additional measures to ensure there is a clear separation between all parties directly involved in the investigative process. Moreover, the City Manager has communicated with all City employees to reassure them that they have a safe environment to come forward, and they will have the City’s full support throughout this process if they do.
“We recognize that some may not be comfortable with this decision,” said Singer. “But we have taken the necessary steps to protect the investigative process and ensure the safety of our employees during this difficult time. We are also doing what we need to do to continue critical operations that serve our community."
The City remains committed to the legal process for the protection of all employees. The City appreciates the patience of everyone involved and will continue to do what is necessary to maintain a healthy work environment.