It was not always this way. Under previous councils, bad judgment was made in hiring officers. One chief was arrested, prosecuted and convicted of voter fraud. The next chief was sent to anger management counseling for altercations with citizens. The following chief, Glenn Nielsen, left after a short period with over $300,000 in a pension after promising the town manager he would stay for a much longer period.
I give the APOA (Teamsters union) an "F" for its activities in this upcoming election. It is backing two candidates with signs and robo-calls in order to try to influence the town council in its favor when negotiations start on a new contract.
Some voters are afraid to place signs for other candidates in fear of retaliation by the police.
The APOA's lightly disguised threats at intimidation have no place in Atherton.
I feel very well-qualified to make these comments. I was a San Francisco police lieutenant for over 30 years in charge of up to 250 officers, and also the past president of the San Francisco Veterans police officers association. I am still on its board of directors.
I am a 33-year resident of Atherton and, unlike one of the APOA candidates, I have worked on numerous town committees. I love this town and I hate to see this kind of behavior by the APOA. It degrades many of our young excellent police officers.
Stockbridge Avenue, Atherton