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Lt. Robert Mathews named Interim Blythe Police Chief
Lt. Robert Mathews named Interim Blythe Police Chief
Lt. Robert Mathews named Interim Blythe Police Chief
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BLYTHE, Calif. - Interim Blythe City Manager Frank Luckino named Lt. Robert Mathews as Interim City of Blythe Police Chief today, April 18.

Mathews steps into his new role after former Chief Steve Smith retired effective April 17.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2014
Article comment by: Quacy Smith

@@ Quacy Smith....Thanks for your response. I'm not sure of all of the details surrounding Earnestine's untimely passing so I can't give an informed opinion on quality of any investigation that was done. I do know that normally in similar deaths other agencies (medical examiners) weigh in on investigation, so it's not just a BPD thing. In any case, I strongly recommend that if you or anyone else has any tenable leads or information that could substantiate some other theory regarding Earnestine's death, forward them to the investigation sergeant so they can be looked into. I am sure that an investigation was done into her passing however, if some immediate family member has some concerns regarding the outcome of the investigation, the police department staff would address those concerns to the extent that they can by law. I do understand that the city has been in some tough times economically, however, based on my experience, I don't believe that the department would overlook tenable leads into someone's death to avoid paying overtime. That has not been my experience with this Chief or the previous Chief. If you have concerns that you feel aren't being addressed and I can help, please let me know. I'm willing to help in any way I can. Closure is important. +QS

Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014
Article comment by: @ Quacy Smith

If what you say is true, then Chief Matthews will really have his department investigate the death of Earnestine Anita Davis. She died as the result of injuries that weren't just from accidents. They did NO investigation. Why? Because they did not want to spend the overtime it takes to investigate it..

Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014
Article comment by: Quacy Smith

As a former Blythe Police Officer and Blythe native, if the choice was to select an in-house chief between the current two individuals in administration at the department, Lt. Robert Mathews is by far and without question the superior choice. I have known Interim Chief Mathews since being an Explorer Scout at the age of 12. In my later years as a Patrol Officer at Blythe PD, I worked on shifts where he was the Patrol Sergeant. He was firm, yet fair focused but not narrow minded. In BPOA meetings and other plenary sessions he always spoke his mind even when it wasn't popular. His leadership and employment history at the department speaks for itself. It is largely untainted with scandals and questionable decisions based on personal preferences, biases and nepotism (unlike others). Bob has consistently done what is right! Interim Chief Mathews is a man of great integrity, work ethic, wisdom and fundamental fairness to the employees of the department and the citizens of Blythe. The city is fortunate to have him serve in this capacity. I'm sure that with the right support system, administrative and command staff he will take the department forward. This transition should be viewed as a glimmer of hope for the city.

Quacy L. Smith, Sr., J.D., D.D. (Former Blythe P.D.)

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Article comment by: Congratulations Mathews

Robert Mathews has always been a great Officer. He will make a Great Chief. He will hopefully keep the department on their toes.

Posted: Monday, April 21, 2014
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

I truly hope he is good and honest and for all of the people of Blythe, and not a certain group of people.If he is good then he should be kept. Why do they make the Interim Chief sound as if he's going to be the Chief permanently?

Posted: Monday, April 21, 2014
Article comment by: Robert MacDonald

Chief Robert Mathews is of high integrity, and loyal to the City of Blythe. The citizens of Blythe should be honored, because he will always do the right thing and not the popular one.

R. MacDonald, Former BPD Officer

Posted: Saturday, April 19, 2014
Article comment by: I Like Blythe

Excellent choice! Lt. Mathews is a good guy. Now BPD can move forward with a standup leader. Congratulations Chief Mathews and we know you'll do the right thing.

Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014
Article comment by: peter pan

Well let us see how this fairy tail plays out.

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