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Guadalupe City Council stands by controversial police chief candidate

Posted at 12:52 PM, Oct 05, 2018

The Guadalupe City Council is standing by its selection of Michael Cash as the city’s next police chief, city officials announced Friday.

Cash will fill the role left open by the retirement of Gary Hoving.

Word of his possible appointment caused some controversy at the September 25 city council meeting as members of the public expressed their concerns about Cash.

According to the Southwestern College Sun newspaper, while Cash was chief of the campus police department, he was “accused of misfiring police weapons, covering up sexual assaults, misuse of police funds and inaccurate crime log reporting.”

He resigned as chief of that department in 2017.

City officials say the city council was made aware of the newspaper articles and directly questioned Cash about the allegations.

Based on “detailed discussions, evaluations, background checks, and support from his peers,” city officials say the city council believes Cash is the “right fit” for the community.

In a statement released Friday, City Administrator Cruz Ramos said, “The City of Guadalupe is looking forward to a new era of community policing and innovative youth programs that Michael Cash will bring to Guadalupe.”

The city council reportedly plans to appoint Cash to the position of police chief on October 9.

Cash (Courtesy: The Southwestern College Sun)
Michael Cash (Photo courtesy The Southwestern College Sun)

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