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4/11/2014 6:07:00 PM
City councils approves police chief Steve Smith's retirement effective April 17
Blythe City Council voted 4-1 to accept Blythe Police Chief Steve Smith retirement effective at the end of the business day April 17.
Blythe City Council voted 4-1 to accept Blythe Police Chief Steve Smith retirement effective at the end of the business day April 17.
Jaclyn Randall
Associate Editor

BLYTHE, Calif. - Blythe City Council voted 4-1 to accept Blythe Police Chief Steve Smith's retirement effective at the end of the business day April 17 at today's 5:30 p.m. special meeting.

Interim City Manager Frank Luckino will announce Smith's successor April 18.

Councilman Joey DeConinck was the lone holdout vote saying, "I don't believe in paying out all that money for someone to leave like we did with [former city manager] David Lane. He had a contract and we should of just let it be until it ran out. And I don't like that we may contract the position out which is what I believe we are going to do."

The terms of Smith's original contract stated that if the city accepted his retirement at any time, the city would have to pay him an additional four months on top of any accrued sick and vacation pay. Today's retirement agreement entitles Smith to two months of pay plus accrued sick and vacation pay for a total payment of 53,045.95.

Smith did not attend today's special meeting.

"The police department services will not be affected by Smith's retirement and we will move forward," said Mayor Mike Evans.

The next regular Blythe City Council meeting is scheduled for May 13 at 6 p.m. in Blythe City Council Chambers, 235 N. Broadway.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2014
Article comment by: Boo- Hoo

Goodbye Johnny Ringo! Or was tat David Lane? I get you two confused. The reign of vindictiveness and confusing loyalty with kissing a body part is now over...hopefully! Maybe the third time is the charm to rid our good city of the disgrace you have caused a long tradition. My only question is who is Joey D. going to have lunch with now that his two friends are gone? Oh and by the way Joey, nice try on caring for the community now. Weren't you the one that approved Smith's contract to pay him for four months? Yep, you were. Now you can tell your Ole friend Steve-O "I voted against it, you know what I'm sayin." The Police Department can be a fine Agency now that he is gone, as long as you don't let Gray have any part of running it.

Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2014
Article comment by: Good for Evans

I once called Mike like a bull in a China Closet, but he has this community at heart, he has calmed down, but he will always pursue the crafty, shifty, self- centered and I like that. Maybe we can grow as God intended, with some of the scum bags out of here. Continued prayers the city will come around.

Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2014
Article comment by: @ see ya

Take Hudson and Sahlolbei with you!

Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2014
Article comment by: smith howdy

evans is a dump truck too it appears...............

Posted: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Article comment by: see ya

Hey Steve, are you moving to Idaho also?

Posted: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Article comment by: bout time

Finally rid of this guy......thanks for whomever voted him out........now its time for the riverside sheriff to run our Law enforcment and get rid of our dept.

Posted: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Article comment by: Recall Mayor Mike Evans now!

The PVVT and Mayor Mike Evans are the laughingstock of this community!

Posted: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Article comment by: Recall Catalina MCClain now!

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Posted: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Article comment by: Parker Schnabel

How long before he rescinds it and we have to deal with that again? He made the PD the laughinstock of the local law enforcement community. Glad to finally be rid of you. Take Gray and DeCononck with you and the town will move light years forward.

Posted: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Article comment by: I Like Blythe

Finally! Good job to most of the council on voting to let him retire instead of asking him to stay. It is a lot of money, but its worth what he will be paid to leave. Smith has been nothing but an issue for our police personnel and they moral. He needs to pack his bags and get out of town. He was a hiring mistake and did noting he can hang his hat on while he was Chief. He was a lame duck the day he started. Now lets get the right guy in there to move our department forward and improve our city's police.

Posted: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Article comment by: see ya

steve smith was nothing more then david lanes driver and hinch man and has been lost since lane was invited to leave last year.

Posted: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

So what happen here? A foe okay's the deal and a friend is against it? Dang when will wonder seize to amaze me. Now Joey is thinking for the betterment of Blythe. He has his big man shoes on now.

Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014
Article comment by: Holy Moly

What a ridiculous provision in his contract. Who was sleeping when that contract was approved, former CM David Lane? Retirement is a "selection" made willingly by the Police Chief. He should not be rewarded in this way. It's another "smudge" for all public employees to bear...



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