Retired LAPD Captain to Serve as Interim Police Chief

South Pasadena City Council Wednesday night will present outgoing Police Chief Joseph Payne with a certificate of appreciation for his 37 years of community service.

The City of South Pasadena has tapped retired Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Art Miller as the interim police chief, as questions continue to swirl around the unexpected departure of Joseph Payne. 

Miller will be sworn in Monday, said City Manager Sergio Gonzalez. The former captain for LAPD's Metro Division comes to South Pas with 34 years of law enforcement experience. 

"We’re very fortunate to have him join our City and I am confident that he will serve our city very well,'' Gonzalez wrote in an email. 

On Wednesday, Payne will receive a certificate of appreciation from South Pasadena City Council. He has served the community for 37 years. Last month, Payne said that he was asked to step down from the top spot after two and a half years, while Gonzalez maintains Payne opted to resign. 

In Wednesday's edition of the South Pasadena Review, Payne is quoted in an article saying he believes "political pressure'' may have led to his departure. A previous Patch article about Payne's departure led to multiple comments with residents asking for more transparency from the department. 


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Ron Rosen February 21, 2013 at 02:47 PM
I don't understand your point, Betty Jean. There is no one on the City Council whom I would consider "do nothing." The Council is coming up with new ideas and initiatives to make South Pasadena better all the time. Several new commissions have been established, and commissions (and councilpersons) are constantly working on improving things and recommending them to the Council. If there are specific things that you want done you should raise them with the City or the Council.
Betty Jean February 21, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Well that's OK, Ron. Everyone has a different point of view. IMO there's only one councilperson not cut from the same cloth. I've live here a bit over 60 years and have been in and out of the local political scene for the last 35 years. I'm familiar with the process. IMO the city is hyper focused on just a few issues. Some for good reason and others not so much. IMO every day quality of life has gone down especially in the last ten to fifteen years because of bad decisions the city has made. Just my two cents. :)
Ron Rosen February 22, 2013 at 02:07 AM
You certainly may present your views to the Council about what they should be doing that you believe they are not. We have three councilpeople who were elected or reelected in response to the 2009 police-chief debacle, and my impression is that all five of the current council people want to do things to make the city better.
Betty Jean February 22, 2013 at 03:07 AM
Thanks Ron. I've presented many times in the past. I disagree with you on the five. IMO I believe one is great, another is OK, and the rest are out of touch.
Alan Reynolds February 27, 2013 at 06:42 PM
Betty, We should talk about what other issues the city needs to focus on, and how we can get exposure for those issues, in addition the the other ones that have been getting to brunt of the attention.


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