Home | Classifieds | Place an Ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Opinions | Obituaries | Contact Us | Subscribe | e-News | RSS
Palo Verde Valley Blythe/Quartzsite Times | Blythe, California and Quartzsite, Arizona

home : latest news : latest news August 28, 2014

7/8/2013 2:53:00 PM
Blythe Police Chief Smith puts in for retirement
Blythe Police Chief Steve Smith
Blythe Police Chief Steve Smith

Marty Bachman

Blythe Police Chief Steve Smith has put in for retirement effective Aug. 1.

Smith said he hopes to be hired on an hourly basis in the interim by City Manager Dave Lane, which he claims would save the city money, but if that option is unavailable, he will retire.

Smith said he wanted to stay on to finish some projects he's begun with the department, including the implementation of the department's new Computer Aided Dispatch and Record Management Systems.

Related Stories:
• City council to decide to accept Chief Smith's retirement
• Police Chief Steve Smith un-retires - again - pulls papers to run for city council

    Most Viewed     Recently Commented
•   Fiery, fatal crash closes Interstate 10 Sunday

•   New business opens in Palo Verde

•   OBITUARY: Margaret Teats

•   Palo Verde Unified rings the bell - first day of school

•   Jackets open season at Kick-Off Classic

Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Article comment by: just me

Please council members don't let Dave Lane have the control over you as the Doc.does over the hospital board...Show the community you do have a stright spine..It's simple just say NO...

Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

Why would any of these people leave Blythe, when there is still money in the piggy bank. Just like a certain person that works at the hospital. Why leave when they have people looking out for them.

The best thing these people could do for the people of Blythe is to pack up in the middle of the night, and leave without saying a word. We could then pretend that all of this has been a bad dream.

The bad thing here is, that the head of an organization if he is not good or just plain incompetent. They tend to hire the same type of personalities as them. Just look at the hospital and the Police Department. Full of incompetence and disarray.

Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Article comment by: Doris Feemster

Wow, that's some notice Chief Smith. Did you do that to put the city that you care so much about in a bind? I hope and pray the council doesn't fall for this double dipping of city funds. You want to finish what you started then you should have stayed on, but now it's time to move on!

Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Article comment by: Bout Time

If you wanted to stay then you should have put unsolved crimes at the top of your list. Not programs you had nothing to do with. Unsolved Homicides are a lot more important than that. No wonder 95% of these comments are negative. 100 times zero is still zero Mrs, Vidaurri. The only problem with you leaving is the person, who should have retired before you, will probably take your place. So nothing will change and the public will still make hateful and derogatory statements about the police department, which as a whole does not deserve it.

Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Article comment by: @ Jacque vadaurri

What has he done that has been such a benifit to the community?...Some of the officers have done awesome work...But those officiers were doing that before he came on board...He is no different than the awesome bunch at the hospital...I do believe in giving credit where and when it's due but I don't see that right now...Not saying you are wrong in seeing it your way...I will be waiting to hear from you...

Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Article comment by: jacque vidaurri

May you reap 100 times as much as you have brought to our community!

Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Article comment by: Valley Native

This is truly amazing. How does Smith staying around and double dipping save the City money? The only people this benefits is Smith and his handful of minions who blindly follow him and are repaid by being given special treatment. If you will recall another Chief tried this several years ago and was voted down and the Police Deptartment and City was better off. We will be better off without Smith also. Common sense says with Smith gone we will save money with an interim Chief, and eventually a permanent one hired at a lesser salary. Mayor Galvan, Vice-Mayor Patel and Mr. Evans, please say no to Lane and let's find a new Chief that cares about the City and ALL the people who work with him. (I would ask Deconinck and Cusick but I'm sure their minds are already made up).

Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Article comment by: Phantom Nose

Let's see: The Chief said he wanted to retire months ago but then he didn't want to retire because he and the council had a love-in. Now he wants to retire but not really. He just wants to start drawing his big public pension but keep working for an hourly wage--I guess like the Public Works guy did when he didn't really retire. Lane probably wants the Chief to stay so that he can drive Lane and Joey to lunch in the Chief's police car. Maybe they could all walk to the hospital for lunch. This fits with the circus going on there.

Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Article comment by: private concerns

try looking at some of the unsolved crimes in blythe. Again, he was a big waste of money

Posted: Monday, July 8, 2013
Article comment by: Don't Double Dip

Just retire and change you career completely.
You will be happy. Drug scene in Blythe is septic, uncontrollable, Court system don't have any room and it's just a continuous circle.

Posted: Monday, July 8, 2013
Article comment by: me too

If he wants to finish some projects he shouldn't have retired, retiring and then working by the hour is just a way to increase your income by drawing your retirement and your wages.

Posted: Monday, July 8, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

So if the Chief had quit his job last year how would it have affected his retirement pay? So is this not double dipping on the taxpayers of Blythe. By getting his pension and then still continued working as Chief of Police on a hourly wage. Will this not prevent another person to be hired to take this job? Maybe a more qualified person? When some things look too good to be true. Maybe they are not good at all. So if he really wants to help the City, why not donate your time Chief? Like a Dollar a day? Like a famous quote from Shakespeare. " Some things fishy in Denmark and it ain't the fish"

Posted: Monday, July 8, 2013
Article comment by: Quit This Time

Its about time. City Council should be impeached if they let this guy stay after quitting a second time. Get paid hourly to save the city money? Right. It is so he can double-dip his income. This guy has always been in it for himself, he has never put the city first. Now trying to (deleted) the city on hhis way out. Hopefull THIS time.

Site Administrator's note: A portion of this comment has been removed because it violated our Terms of use Agreement.

Page 1  - Page 2 -  

Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit your comment entries to five(5) per day.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

HSE - We want to hear from you
Find more about Weather in Blythe, CA
Click for weather forecast

Find It Blogs Features Milestones Submit Extras Other Publications Local Listings
Home | Classifieds | Public Notices | Galleries | Opinions | Obituaries | Merchant Guide | Contact Us | Subscribe | e-News | RSS | Site Map
HSE - Washington Post A (subscribe)

Powered by 72dpi

Copyright 2014 Western News&Info, Inc.® Palo Verde Valley Times is the information source for Blythe, California, Quartzsite, Arizona and surrounding area communities. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Western News&Info, Inc.® Palo Verde Valley Times Online is a service of WNI. By using the Site, pvvt.com ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the site's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the site. Click Here to email your questions or comments to the Webmaster. Palo Verde Valley Times Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info Inc.® All Rights Reserved.

Software © 1998-2014 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved