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Christmas comes early this year for an Atherton cop

Original post made by Sad but true, Atherton: other, on Dec 16, 2010

While the Atherton council and staff is busy battening down the hatches to continue to fight several taxpaying residents who have been provably wronged, an Atherton cop collected a sizable legal payout last night from our Town council in their closed session deliberations, which were then publicized.

About a year ago, Atherton cop Pilar Buckley took home $250,000 by filing a lawsuit. No real opposition to the lawsuit was made by Atherton. A quick settlement was reached to compensate this police officer from the horrible wrong she suffered by being told she was sexy by a co-worker.

Top dispatcher John Mattes didn't even have to do that. What prompted his payout last night? Simply a demand that he wanted it.

Mattes is a former sheriff's deputy who retired with a shoulder injury before entering dispatch work. With connections at the county level, perhaps it should come as no surprise that Mr. Mattes gets want he wants.

To be fair, cops get what they ask for. Several years ago, another female cop (who was also involved in falsely arresting a resident) who was a K-9 handler resigned, and believed that the police dog that was donated to the Town of Atherton was actually donated to her. She demanded the dog, as well as $20,000, and was given both.

Interestingly enough, Mattes and former Chief Glenn Nielsen also are on at least one board of directors together.

There may be more than meets the eye regarding Mr. Mattes' influence and authority within the Atherton Police Department. He and former Chief Glenn Nielsen appear to be playing active roles in managing the goings-on there.

One thing is for certain. Although John Johns was told by the council and by the bloggers here that he has no business at all thinking he can ever work for the Town of Atherton again after initiating legal proceedings against it, no such standard has been applied to Mr. Mattes, who continues to work at the APD.

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Posted by what pay out
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Dec 17, 2010 at 9:33 pm

What pay out last night are you talking about?

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Posted by fuzzy wuzzy
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Dec 18, 2010 at 12:25 am

The city manager has authority to sign off on anything less than 10,000 with out council approval-so there are always a lot of those requests.
I have no idea what the monetary amount here was. Mattes brought some claim against the town and got what ever it was that he wanted. Some body in Finance or Administration or possibly even up the APD Command chain must have actually said "No" for him to have filed a claim, or it was in excess of that amount. I just hope it wasn't for overtime pay for the dedicated hours he's spent monitoring this blog or resident's phone lines-- unfortunately this would not surprise me in the least.
You could call the town Admin office on monday and just ask--I think they have to tell you anything that has already been "reported out" of closed session by the city attorney--it then becomes public information available to anyone.

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