You know that I have been with Rialto Police Department since the beginning of 1988, and back then the Police Department was in minor Turmoil compared to what happened shortly after Edward Scott was Elected into Office. between the antics that he stirred up with his pen, and his voice at the meetings, and you know as long as I can remember he would aways say that it was never anything that he did, it was aways something that he was "forced to do" because of something that somebody on the Police Department with whom Ed Scott always pointed out, at the City Council Meetings. There for a while it was Then Raymond Farmer's Fault, & Ed Scott's plan was that Chief Farmer had to loose his job!! It was then that, we the people at Rialto Police Department were educated on what kind of a person Ed Scott was back then!! Raymond Farmer Sued "Wrongful Termination" & asked for his job back!!
It was only a short Two weeks or maybe it was three that the outcome of the Investigation on the City Council's Investigation was done. Chief Raymond Farmer, Won his case, and earned the right to be called Chief of Police for Rialto PD again, but to save FACE, The Rialto City Council got together and, asked and begged Chief Farmer to Take the following Deal and save them the heart of having to confuse the Idea of the People at Rialto Police Department, Learning to call him, Their Direct Boss again.
Chief Farmer was asked to take a "Golden Handshake Retirement" He would be paid to be a consultant to the City Administrator for the remainder of his Contract as Police Chief, and he Would also be allowed to Drive a City Automobile with a City Mobile phone (Which was very expensive back then). Chief Farmer would take a Settlement also for the golden Handshake in the amount of one years Salary, with no taxes removed, and well it was just to much not to pass up. I mean it isn't often that you are offered a Car to drive for a year, all gas & Auto mechanics paid for, and you get a sum of cash that is estimated to equal almost 1/4 of a million dollars or $250, 000.00. I would have taken the cash too, No responsibilities, Oh, and they would pay full medical, and give a full retirement as well, even though you were a few years out from your retirement age!!! Chief Raymond took the deal I don't blame him, and in the end, Rialto was considered to the be losers, and well they viewed it as they were the winners, I cannot figure out the way that they work. But I am just a young adult....
Ever since then, when Ed Scott has been in office there has been turmoil in the City Police Department! There is a reliable Roomer that has been coming down these days that the Fire Department is now under the same weird Scrutiny, and there isn't any end in sight!! I guess there has to be an unwritten rule with the Police Department with problems or the Fire Department has problems, but either way, it is one or the other, Now that the Police Department is in order the Rialto Fire Department is Taking it in the Back side!!!
Rialto Police Department no stranger to turmoil
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07:40 AM PDT on Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday's shooting death of Officer Sergio Carrera Jr., a four-year veteran assigned to the SWAT team, was a tragic loss to the 112-officer department, which had been enjoying a rebirth since city leaders decided not to disband it.
After dropping to as few as 87 members, the department is now just three officers away from returning to full strength, Chief Mark Kling told the City Council this month in introducing the latest two recruits.
"The department has really blossomed," said Fontana City Councilman Frank Scialdone, who served as Rialto's interim police chief for nine months, until Kling took office in August 2006. "Chief Kling came in and he's doing a fabulous job."
The City Council hired Scialdone, who retired as Fontana's police chief in 2004 after a 31-year career there, in December 2005 with the intention that he would guide the Rialto department's transition to being run by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. Two years earlier, San Bernardino County Sheriff Gary Penrod had told the council that the city could save $3.2 million if it contracted with his department.
The council's vote to disband the Police Department came in September 2005, less than a month after the police union gave Chief Michael Meyers and Deputy Chief Arthur Burgess a vote of no confidence. Officers complained that they had to fight to get updated equipment, and union officials described the pair as disengaged and intolerant of people who disagreed with them.
Scialdone remembered the tumultuous days after the decision to dissolve a police force that had been established in 1911, the same year Rialto became a city.
"The first week we were there, we had six officers leave to go to Riverside P.D.," Scialdone recalled Thursday. The Rialto Police Department had "tons of great employees who felt stymied," he said.
But in March 2006, city leaders did an about-face, deciding to keep the Police Department.
"Then we had to go in a 180-degree direction," Scialdone said. His task became one of rebuilding the police force.
"The department has made a transformation from when I got there in December 2005 to today," he said.
"When we got there, there was no gang unit. This was at the time that San Bernardino had just started their big gang push," he said. "Where are (gang members) going to go if you push them out of one place? They'll go someplace else."
And that gang migration came straight to Rialto, Scialdone said.
Scialdone gave credit for the improvements to a more harmonious relationship between the police union and police management, and a better working relationship between the police department and the rest of the city government.
"There was a huge amount of animosity between the union and the former (police) administration," Scialdone said. "When we went to Rialto, the police department was an island. It didn't get along with anybody."
Reach Mary Bender at 909-806-3056 or mbender@PE.com