Huntington Park Police Capt. Charles Plum, who served as interim police chief after the City Council fired former Chief Geano Contessotto last summer, retired Sunday. His replacement, who started Monday, is former UCLA Police Chief Patrick M. Connolly.
Plum, 60, of Sherman Oaks, was hired as a Huntington Park police officer in July, 1953, and rose through the ranks to become a captain in October, 1979. Plum's final months of service were touched by strife in the trouble-plagued department.
Contessotto fired Plum and Capt. Martin Simonoff last April for their part in initiating a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department investigation into alleged improprieties by a Huntington Park police officer. The captains did not first inform Contessotto of the allegations. No charges were filed in the case.
But Plum and Simonoff got their jobs back two months later in a settlement reached during a Civil Service Commission hearing on the firings. The dismissal of the captains split the ranks of the department.