H-SANTA MARIA

Feb 24, 2012 2:16 AM by Ariel Wesler

Police Union vote expected Friday

Results of a "No Confidence Vote" against Santa Maria Police Chief Dan Macagni are expected tomorrow. The chief has faced some tough questions recently regarding his leadership.

Three months ago, two police officers were shot when they attempted to arrest a suspect who was eventually shot and killed. Just three weeks ago, Officer Albert Covarrubias Junior was shot and killed by a fellow officer while they attempted to arrest him for alleged sexual misconduct. Last week, the police union called for the no confidence vote.

It's important to note no matter which way the vote goes, it's not binding. It's simply a gauge of how the police department feels about its leaders. In this case, it's the police chief and his two top commanders.

The president of the police union says the group will begin counting the ballots at 5:30 Friday afternoon. Results could be available by 6 p.m.

The union says a representative will release the results and make a short statement. As far as what all this means, it's just one more factor for the city and council members to consider. However, the ultimate decision about whether to keep or fire Chief Dan Macagni lies with City Manager Rick Haydon.

KSBY News tried contacting Haydon to see how much weight he feels this vote carries and whether it would sway him one way or the other, but he did not return our calls for comment.

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