City manager defends new police chief’s record
Monday, March 30, 2009
A private investigator hired by the city of Salinas confirmed that past allegations, including sexual harassment claims, were unfounded against soon-to-be police chief Louis Fetherolf, City Manager Artie Fields announced today.
Fields officially named Fetherolf, a deputy sheriff in Riverside County, as his choice after his name was leaked to a local newspaper last week. Fields immediately defended the record of the 61-year-old police veteran, who reportedly resigned in the mid ‘90s from a small Utah police department after he was cleared of sexual harassment claims from six dispatchers.
“I am very confident and absolutely satisfied that there was nothing to these charges,” Fields said.
On April 6 Fetherolf will begin the daunting job of reigning in Salinas’ rising gang violence. With benefits he will make about $310,000 a year. For more in-depth coverage of Salinas’ top cop pick up Thursday’s Weekly and check for updates at www.montereycountyweekly.com.