A tempest in the Police Department has apparently ended with the transfer of a controversial captain in charge of patrol operations.
The Hawthorne Police Officers Assn. has withdrawn its Oct. 15 letter of no confidence in Police Chief Kenneth Stonebraker following the transfer of Capt. David Barnes, who was commander of day-to-day operations, according to Stonebraker.
Barnes was replaced by Capt. Stephen Port.
In the letter, which was presented to the City Council, the association listed 10 objections to Barnes and Stonebraker, most of them concerning the way Barnes ran patrol operations.
Council members defended the chief and Barnes, saying that the patrol needed a firm leader when Barnes was assigned to the job.