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Stunning Vote Makes Departure of Police Chief a Must

Contact: Dave Humphreys, HBPOA President
Office: 1-714-842-8851 | Email: hbpoapresident@gmail.com

Stunning Vote Makes Departure of Police Chief a Must

First Huntington Beach beat cops, now management want Rob Handy to leave

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Dec. 21, 2017—Yesterday’s stunning news that Huntington Beach Police Chief Rob Handy’s own management staff want him gone brought a renewed call for the same from the rank-and-file, today, which first sounded the alarm months ago.

“Chief Handy lost the support of police officers on the beat long ago,” said Dave Humphreys, president of the Huntington Beach Police Officers Association, “but yesterday’s call by his own management team was unprecedented in our city’s history. I can’t imagine why he thinks he should remain on the job.”

A news release issued by the Huntington Beach Police Management Association, a group representing the leadership of the organization and the captains and lieutenants of the department, said, “The damaged relationship between Chief Handy and an overwhelmingly large percentage of the department’s employees is beyond repair. We believe the city of Huntington Beach should not overlook the problems of morale, frustration, dissension, and a lack of integrity between department employees and Chief Handy. As police managers, we have never before offered an opinion on such matters.”

In August, Humphreys’ association released the results of a poll of its members, which found a 92 percent vote of no confidence in the chief. Similarly, an “overwhelming majority have voted to support an immediate change in the office of police chief,” according to the management association’s tally.

“We are not talking about a few disgruntled voices with Chief Handy,” said Humphreys. “we’re talking an entire symphony of opposition from the top down to the way he has lowered the once high standards of the Huntington Beach Police Department. If he can’t find it within him to do the right thing and resign, it’s time the city council starts nudging him toward the door.”

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