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4/11/2014 11:16:00 AM
City council to decide to accept Chief Smith's retirement
Chief Steve Smith
Chief Steve Smith
Jaclyn Randall
Associate Editor

BLYTHE, Calif. - Blythe City Council will meet for a special meeting today, April 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers to decide whether to approve an employment retirement agreement with Blythe Police Chief Steve Smith.

This latest development marks the third time the chief has stated he was going to retire. The first time, in October of 2012, Smith submitted a letter to the council stating the council was " 'self-serving, oblivious, dysfunctional," and an obstacle in the forward movement of the city."

He later rescinded after then-Mayor Oscar Galvan, Vice-mayor Sam Patel and councilmen Joey DeConinck and Wayne Cusick gave Smith a vote of confidence with Councilman Mike Evans being the sole "no" vote. Smith, at the time, told Evans he was "out of control."

Last year, Smith announced his retirement again effect Aug. 1, 2013, but hoped to stay on with the city at an hourly rate. Smith claimed that working for an hourly wage would save the city money. He also stated he had some unfinished projects he wanted to see finished.

Smith again rescinded his retirement July 29, 2013 and has remained chief since then.

If accepted by at least a majority vote by the council, the terms of Smith's retirement agreement include:

• Retire effective at the close of the business day on April 17;

• Smith waives any claim or entitlement to compensation or any other rights according to his employment agreement, except he will get his accrued time paid in a lump sum and lifetime medical benefits;

• Smith will get a lump sum payment of $29,662.06, which is equivalent to two months of pay, and accrued sick and vacation pay which is estimated to be $23,383.89; and

• Releases the city and its employees from any claims and liabilities.

Smith began as City of Blythe Police Chief May 30, 2008.

Click here to read the Special Meeting Agenda/Chief Steve Smith Retirement Agreement (Adobe PDF)

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

After the release of the Grand Jury report. This was well timed? Now he is expecting a lot from these people, due to the so call attacks from that nameless person.

Scratch my back and later I will scratch yours. If he get's what he want's other family members of the Nameless City Council Members, will benefit from this. Again Blythe at work to benefit the Top of the Food Chain.

Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014
Article comment by: lowest javier


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