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10/25/2012 5:01:00 PM
Split city council gives vote of confidence to Police Chief Steve Smith
Blythe Police Chief Steve Smith.
Blythe Police Chief Steve Smith.

Marty Bachman


BLYTHE - A week after Blythe Police Chief Steve Smith called the Blythe City Council "self-serving, oblivious and dysfunctional," in his retirement letter, Mayor Oscar Galvan, Vice-mayor Sam Patel and councilmen Joey DeConinck and Wayne Cusick gave the departing chief a vote of confidence. Councilman Mike Evans was the sole "no" vote.

The vote was a last minute add-on that Cusick proposed to council's Oct. 23 agenda, saying the timing and urgency of the matter made it necessary for council to discuss the issue despite no prior public notice.

The Brown Act allows the council to add last minute items to the agenda in the case of an emergency.

A half-dozen supporters of Smith spoke out on behalf of the chief. Local businessman Dale Wirick said that Smith and City Manager Dave Lane made it possible for him to become a business owner in Blythe and that they even paid for his first year' Chamber of Commerce membership.

"We have great people here, Dave Lane and Steve Smith," Wirick said.

George Colangeli, a member of the Blythe Police Department's Citizens on Patrol volunteer group, said that Smith had taken an active part in the community and that from the top ranks to the bottom in the department, Smith had the respect of all his personnel.

DeConinck, who was on the council when it hired Smith, said that he was impressed with Smith's qualifications and the way he handled so many difficult situations.

"Thank you, Steve," DeConinck told him.

Prior to the vote, Evans asked Smith what he meant when he referred to the council as self-serving, oblivious and dysfunctional. Smith's letter stated that not all councilmen were to blame.

"I am sure you know the ones that are most responsible," he wrote.

Smith told Evans that he had been running amok and that the council needed to do something about it.

"You are out of control," Smith told Evans, without mentioning any other council member.

The council then voted 4-1 on the vote of confidence, four of them applauding Smith after the vote.

Evans told the Times that he held no ill will toward Smith and that he wished him luck in his future endeavors.

"It's nothing personal," Evans said. "It's just that I was elected by an overwhelming majority of voters last November because I promised to make a change in the way Blythe was being managed. I answer to the people who elected me - not City Hall administrators. It would make my life a whole lot easier if I would just go along with what Lane tells me to do and vote in step with Mayor Galvan and my fellow council members. But I wasn't elected to represent Lane or Smith's interests."

Smith's retirement is effective Nov. 30.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, October 29, 2012
Article comment by: LOL LOL

When Mike Evans spit in the face of David Lane....this would be a misdemeanor. David Lane would be required to sign a complaint against Mike Evans, to which he refused. And if Chief Smith was present he could have arrested Mike Evans for the misdeameanor committed in his presence, but if Chief Smith was not present, then David Lane would be required to "press charges."

Posted: Monday, October 29, 2012
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

If in fact there was any spitting done during a close session meeting. Is not the Chief of Police present there during these meeting. If so why was Mr.Evans not arrested for it. Because spitting on someones face is a crime. 2004 San Francisco the 9th circuit court of Appeals rule that it was a crime. Then someone is spreading rumors to get other people to go against Mr. Evans. Painting him as being a bully with disregard to the code of conduct of a City Official. If it was true all of these people especially. The Chief would have arrest Mr. Evans, and the rest of the crew would have been witnesses it a court of law. My guess is that this is a Big Fat Lie. There was no spitting done. But if there was spitting and he was not arrested was it because the Chief was ignorant of the law or due to incompetence? Because that was the window to get rid of Mr. Evans.

Posted: Sunday, October 28, 2012
Article comment by: @ @ john juan

Actually I have not spoken to council member in months. So maybe you should not make allegations against someone without having some proof on your side. I have no clue about scathing looks either so I can not respond to you there. I never said it was okay either, I just answered the original question properly and gave him incite as to why they would do such a thing. I have no position on the chief since I do not have all the facts. Maybe you should not make accusations against me that are unfounded

Posted: Sunday, October 28, 2012
Article comment by: @@@John Juan

"I heard"? Was that, by any chance from the same council member who must have "released" the so-called "fact" that some spitting in Mr. Lane's face occurred during a closed meeting of the council? Is there NO shame here? Everyboy (both sides) clamors about facts, etc. and it is "okay" for council members to reveal "facts" from a closed council meeting? Whether it is a real "fact" or not is not important here. What this person allegedly did by saying what happened is a major infraction of ethics. Probably the same member who has, on several occasions, made scathing looks at Mr. Evans during a meeting. Clean out the plank from your eye before trying to get the speck out of someone else's.

Posted: Sunday, October 28, 2012
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

I read some place else, that the Chief will return back to work. I guess this was a ploy to get the people in Blythe mad at Mr. Evans. That way they would have him removed from the Council. The Chief was never going to leave his job. Will the Chief get a raise out of this and get what he wants in his department. I wonder what other plans the these, and their minions have planned for Mr. Evans. I guess politics is a cut throat business here. This town does not want Shakers or movers. All they want is a yes man or better said. A sheep to follow the Shepard. The question is who is the real Shepard here, running the show. From behind the scenes, pulling all the strings. With the leaders of this city. This city will never grow or prosper. The only people here making money or are opening business's, are friends or relatives of the people on top of the food chain. Maybe I'm crazy for thinking that some thing wrong is going on in this city. But are some of you also for thinking the same?

Posted: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Article comment by: LOL LOL

To all you Mike Evans backers.....(deleted) And if Chief Smith is doing such an awful job, why did he get a vote of confidence by the council, because he's doing a good job as he was hired to do.

Note: a vote of confidence = an expression of approval and encouragement

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Posted: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Article comment by: @@ John juan

Actually it means that they are fully confident in his abliities to continue being the chief until his retirement. That he does not need to take vacation or be put on leave. From what I have heard they even asked him if he would reconsider and rescind his letter of resignation and I heard that he has agreed to rescind it and continue to be the chief for the duration of his contract.

Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012
Article comment by: @John Juan

Actually, it is simply a political ploy. They want to let everybody know they do not want any new blood on the council who might stir things up. (Dang! That kinda sounds like the same tactics that the good doctors off MEC uses.) Maybe they have been working together to perfect their agendas to rule Blythe while there is still time to suck the last drops of blood out.

Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012
Article comment by: Crazy Town

Thanks Mike! You are what this town has lacked for so many years. The citizens will stand behind you. Except for a few with self interests, the people of Blythe recognize your dedication. Thank you again for standing up for us.

Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012
Article comment by: john juan

What does a vote of confidence stand for. Is it to make sure the city dont talk smack about him?






Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012
Article comment by: F.E. Velez

Now I must ask you. Why did Mr. Smith need a vote of confidence prior to his leaving? (deleted) were else can I trash talk my employer and then get him to kiss my (deleted) Good Bye. Boy talk about a bunch of (deleted). Keep up the good work Mr. Evans.

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Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012
Article comment by: Quick question?

Was any other council members asked why they gave their vote of confidence to the chief? Would like to know what they had to think also. I heard that alot more was said by the chief than what was reported.

Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

How odd that one man has so much power to scare the people in City Hall. And to scare some Administrators into retiring. Question when the Chief is looking into something to get answers. Is the Chief then acting, Self-serving, Oblivious and Dysfunctional? Funny when the shoe is in the other foot. So will the other members give Mr. Evans a vote of none confidence just to get even? Or will they answers the question, why was the money slated for a project used for something else?

Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012
Article comment by: reall now?

Mike Evans could have been an asset to the council. Instead, he insist on his own agenda, (deleted) when he doesn't get his way, and in general, brings down the entire city of Blythe with him. He needs to get over himself.

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Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012
Article comment by: Fannie Mae Squatter

I sleep in foreclosed houses.


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