Embattled Red Bluff Police Chief addresses removal petition

Jan 26, 2015 3:14 PM by News Staff

Red Bluff Police Chief Paul Nanfito responded to those attempting to remove him from his post today, calling their efforts a "smear campaign".

On December 2 the Red Bluff Peace Officers Association delivered a vote of no confidence against Nanfito to the city council. The letter they submitted alleges that Nanfito, since he took over five years ago, inflicted verbal and mental abuse on his officers, causing a high turn-over problem.

Last week the Tehama County Deputy Sheriff's Association expressed their support for the Peace Officers Association, saying they believe Nanfito has tarnished the image of the Red Bluff Police Department.

On Monday Nanfito released a statement in which he said the city has initiated an administrative investigation after receiving the POA's letter of December 2. The investigation is being conducted by an outside agency.

Nanfito says there are two sides to every story, and he is asking that people withhold judgment until the findings of the investigation are presented to City Manager Rick Crabtree. In the meantime he says "I request that the RBPOA and the DSA stop their smear campaign and allow this investigation to be conducted as it should be".

When the investigation is complete Crabtree and city councilmembers will make a decision on Nanfito's future with the department.


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