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Santa Paula Police Officers Back Embattled Police Chief

Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 5:52pm


The association representing police officers in one Ventura County community has issued a statement of support for its police chief, who was put on paid administrative leave earlier this week.

The Santa Paula Police Officers Association issued a statement of support for Chief Steve MacKinnon, who was put on paid administrative leave by City Manager Jaime Fontes on Tuesday. In the statement, the association called on the community not to pass judgement until the matter gets a full review.

Because it’s a personnel matter, city officials aren’t commenting on the action. Santa Paula Police Sergeant Ish Cordero has been named interim chief.

MacKinnon has been the city’s police chief since November of 2005.


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