I would like to expand on a statement in the recent story about my decision to choose jail over probation. (Former editor chooses jail over probation, Almanac, May 11.)
The story states I "once wrote a story that cast a former chief in a negative light."
In fact, I wrote a series of articles over several years that exposed problems at the Atherton Police Department and highlighted wrongdoing on the part of then-Chief Steve Cader.
On two different occasions my stories prompted District Attorney Jim Fox to launch his own investigations of Chief Cader. One of those investigations resulted in the chief being arrested and charged with two counts of voter fraud.
Sadly, it appears Chief Cader was just the tip of the iceberg.
From the Atherton officer convicted of stealing a resident's golf clubs to the department's handling of the Buckheit case, problems continue at the once-proud department.
District Attorney Fox and new Chief Mike Guerra owe the citizens of Atherton an explanation to why officers in the Buckheit case remain on duty and have not been charged with any crime.
I have a great deal of respect for Chief Guerra, but it is time for him to take corrective action to rid the Atherton Police Department of all sub-standard officers.
If Chief Guerra is unable or unwilling to make the tough decisions and clean up the department, then the City Council must dismantle the police department and instead contract with a professional law enforcement agency people can trust.
The citizens of Atherton deserve no less.
Brian Bothun, DeBell Drive, Atherton