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January 29, 1998 | LESLEY WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A letter from the district attorney's office appears to support the case of Police Chief John R. Robertson, who is facing the loss of his job partly for investigating whether top city officials leaked a sealed court affidavit to reporters. City Atty. David A. De Berry has maintained that the district attorney's office told the chief last summer that leaking the document was not a crime and that it was not interested in prosecuting.
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July 21, 1998 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Former Police Chief John R. Robertson has accepted a job as the top cop in the Bay Area city of Newark, although he said he will continue to pursue legal action against his former employers in Orange. "There are several reasons I was attracted to Newark," Robertson said Monday. "One was that they understood the need for me to continue with the litigation against Orange and they support that."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1998 | LESLEY WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a surprise move at a packed City Council meeting Tuesday, Councilman Dan Slater revealed an internal memo indicating complaints against Police Chief John R. Robertson had been solicited by the city manager and other top officials. Slater said the personnel department memo "describes how the complaints were used in a carefully orchestrated manner to bury" the police chief. Robertson, 46, has been on paid administrative leave since Oct.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1998 | MICHAEL G. WAGNER and LESLEY WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's been a year since the city of Orange dropped this bombshell on its residents: The operator of the city's waste recycling plant may have "misappropriated" perhaps millions of dollars for personal use that belonged to the city, and Orange police and the district attorney's office were investigating. No one knew that simple announcement would plunge the city into a roiling scandal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1998 | LESLEY WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Over the objections of two councilmen who said Police Chief John R. Robertson was being railroaded from his job, the City Council voted early Wednesday to fire him for disobeying orders to keep quiet about a police probe into the suspected theft of city funds and also for investigating his own bosses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT
The city's besieged police chief, who is on administrative leave pending an investigation into allegations of a hostile workplace, will be honored with the YMCA's Distinguished Service Award Sunday. The chief, John R. Robertson, has described his forced leave, which began Oct. 15, as political retaliation for his investigation into allegations of financial impropriety involving the city's trash hauling and recycling companies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT
City Council members split Tuesday over the issue of Police Chief John R. Robertson, who was placed on administrative leave last month pending an investigation into hostile workplace allegations. City Atty. David A. De Berry said a final report from private attorneys hired by the council to investigate the claims will not be ready until next week at the earliest. But Councilman Mike Alvarez said the evidence he has heard to date has failed to sway him from fully supporting Robertson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1998 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Some of the major events that Orange expects in 1998 seem destined to occur in the courtroom. A scandal involving the city's trash and recycling companies--both owned by the same family--will probably end up either on the criminal or the civil docket of Superior Court. Despite allegations that millions of dollars in city revenue was misappropriated, no arrests have been made. Another issue that could land in court involves Police Chief John R.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1998 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Supporters of former Police Chief John R. Robertson, whose firing last month sparked a continuing controversy, have opened a bank account in his name to accept donations for legal fees and family emergencies. "The city thought he was dead," said community activist Carole Walters, who is also organizing a fund-raiser. "But people have called me and they want to help." The account for Robertson is at the People's Bank of California, 216 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, CA 92866.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1992 | MARY HELEN BERG
After more than a year of searching for a new chief of police, the Orange City Council in closed session Tuesday voted to hire John R. Robertson, Garden Grove's police chief, to lead Orange's force of about 150 sworn officers and 200 other Police Department employees. Robertson 41, was selected after a statewide search that was narrowed down to four finalists, including two Los Angeles Police Department commanders. He is expected to start in mid-June.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1998 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Supporters of former Police Chief John R. Robertson, whose firing last month sparked a continuing controversy, have opened a bank account in his name to accept donations for legal fees and family emergencies. "The city thought he was dead," said community activist Carole Walters, who is also organizing a fund-raiser. "But people have called me and they want to help." The account for Robertson is at the People's Bank of California, 216 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, CA 92866.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1998 | LESLEY WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Breaking his forced silence for the first time, former Police Chief John R. Robertson calmly accused city officials Friday of destroying his career to thwart an investigation of a fraud scandal involving the city's trash and recycling companies. "There is no doubt in my mind I am being terminated for doing my job," Robertson said at his attorney's office in Santa Ana.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1998
The City Council voted early Wednesday to fire the city's police chief for disobeying orders to keep quiet about a police probe into the suspected theft of city funds and for investigating his own bosses. The decision to dismiss Chief John R. Robertson was made over objections from two councilmen who said the chief was being railroaded from his job.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1998 | LESLEY WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Over the objections of two councilmen who said Police Chief John R. Robertson was being railroaded from his job, the City Council voted early Wednesday to fire him for disobeying orders to keep quiet about a police probe into the suspected theft of city funds and also for investigating his own bosses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1998 | LESLEY WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a surprise move at a packed City Council meeting Tuesday, Councilman Dan Slater revealed an internal memo indicating complaints against Police Chief John R. Robertson had been solicited by the city manager and other top officials. Slater said the personnel department memo "describes how the complaints were used in a carefully orchestrated manner to bury" the police chief. Robertson, 46, has been on paid administrative leave since Oct.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1998 | LESLEY WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Just one day before City Council members take a crucial vote on whether to fire the police chief, a community activist formally notified Mayor Joanne Coontz Monday of a recall campaign being launched against her. "It's time she knows we're not playing around any more," said Carole Walters, a longtime City Hall watchdog who delivered the papers to Coontz. "It's a shame it had to come to this." Walters said the encounter was "polite" and "ladylike" and no hostile words were exchanged.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Divided City Council members on Wednesday listened to residents demand the reinstatement of Police Chief John R. Robertson, who has been on paid administrative leave since Oct. 15, but stopped short of making a decision about the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Nearly 100 residents turned out at Tuesday night's City Council meeting in a show of support for Police Chief John R. Robertson, who has been on paid administrative leave since Oct. 15. "It appears to the people that this is an act of political retaliation," resident Susan Tindall told the council. "They fear that the officials cannot be impartial." Robertson was suspended pending an investigation of allegations involving a "hostile workplace," the city's personnel director, Steven V.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1998 | MICHAEL G. WAGNER and LESLEY WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A hearing officer who investigated accusations against Orange Police Chief John R. Robertson concluded it would be hard to defend firing the chief for the reasons he was given in a notice of termination. Robertson was suspended from his position last October and was later given notice of the city's intention to dismiss him, allegedly for creating a "hostile work environment" and trying to find out if the leak of a sensitive police affidavit originated in the city manager's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1998 | LESLEY WRIGHT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A letter from the district attorney's office appears to support the case of Police Chief John R. Robertson, who is facing the loss of his job partly for investigating whether top city officials leaked a sealed court affidavit to reporters. City Atty. David A. De Berry has maintained that the district attorney's office told the chief last summer that leaking the document was not a crime and that it was not interested in prosecuting.
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