There’s a fun screed on the OJ blog about Irvine council member Jeff Lalloway which is attracting lots of attention from Irvine Council Member Christina Shea, Irvine City Commissioner Allan Bartlett, and Shea apologist Lt. Pat Rodgers, usually known online at LTPar. Go ahead and read the comments; fun stuff! But when you read what Ms. Shea has to say, I’m not in cahoots with Jeff Lalloway on the FPPC investigation; that was all done on my own.
I got an email sent anonymously late last night; it’s a forward of a forward or a forward of a forward of an email sent in 2015 by Lt. Pat Rodgers to the personal email addreses of Irvine Mayor Steven Choi and the other three Republican council members in which Mr. Rodgers makes a pitch to be Irvine’s new Police Chief. The original forwarder deleted the “from” field so I don’t know who’s its actually forwarded from, but email addresses do check out.
Here it is, with email addresses deleted:
Subject: Police Chief
Date: August 27, 2015 at 12:54:26 PM PDT
To: Choi, Shea, Schott, Lalloway (emails deleted)
Steven, Lynn, Christina, Jeff
For a number of years we have informally discussed me coming back to work for the City in some meaningful capacity where my leadership skills could be used and where you would have a loyal supporter on the inside of the organization. Unfortunately, no such positions ever materialized in the past. The below e-mail from Dave Maggard indicates he is retiring. As you know there are some internal problems in the Police Department and morale is bad among the Officers as a result. Sean Joyce will try and appoint Mike Hamel as the new Chief, but his track record as a leader is nonexistent and it will be business as usual if that appointment is made.
I am asking that the Council appoint me as Interim Police Chief on a contract for six months when Maggard leaves. I have a number of job specific performance objectives in mind to help correct the problems, which we can discuss in more detail later if you agree with my request. If at the end of six months if you like the job I am doing, you can make the appointment permanent.
I would welcome the opportunity to rejoin the City Team and once again resume the goal of keeping Irvine as America’s Safest City.
(LTPar attached this message to his email)
From: Dave Maggard Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 5:08 PM Subject: From Chief Maggard
After much contemplation, I would like to share with you that I have decided to retire from Irvine PD. As most of you know, I have had the honor of serving this City for nearly 13 years, most of that time as your Chief. Words cannot express the gratitude I have for being provided this opportunity. It has been an extraordinary privilege to serve with all of you and to do such important work in this wonderful community. The future of our organization is bright, and our leadership team is strong, capable and prepared to take IPD to a whole new level of excellence.
There will be more to share in the weeks ahead, but for now, I want all of you to know my plans. I anticipate my retirement will occur in the next couple of months.
You are the best our profession has to offer and I hold each of you in the highest regard.
Dave Maggard Chief of Police
Given charges of cronyism levied by LTPar against Irvine’s former progressive majority, how wonderful for him to ask for an appointment to Police Chief to give Republicans a “loyal supporter” in possession of a gun and a badge. Because Irvine surely needs a police chief who still uses words like “Pinko Communist,” right?
Nothing happened, but it makes me wonder how often Choi and Shea get emails to their personal email addresses about city business. Transparency LTPar is not your ally here.