City of Bishop regarding police chief search, pending investigation

City of Bishop
Staff Writer

The city of Bishop has secured the services of the executive search firm, Ralph Andersen and Associates, to facilitate the hiring of a new chief of police. It is anticipated the hiring process will take four to five months and include a thorough background investigation. The vacancy is a product of the Sept. 30 retirement of Chief Chris Carter. He will be ending a 31-year career in law enforcement, the final five years as the chief of police. Carter has agreed to return to the Bishop Police Department as a short-term interim chief under the classification of retired annuitant. The term of the contract will be for a period not to exceed 30 days and provide the city adequate time to identify a long-term interim chief, fulfilling the balance of the anticipated four to five month recruitment process.
Additionally, at the request of Chief Carter, the city administrator and the city council, the city of Bishop is in the process of soliciting an independent, outside investigator to investigate the accusations included in a letter regarding Chief of Police Chris Carter dated Sept. 16, 2015. The letter was addressed to the Bishop City Council and numerous local media sources and was signed by seven members of the Bishop Police Department acting as individuals, independent of the Bishop Police Officers Association. It also included accusations against the city administrator and a member of the city council. Accusations to be included in the investigation will include, but not be limited to, misconduct, violation of established policies, conflict of interest, compliance with a formally negotiated MOU, misuse of government resources and violations of the Police Officers Bill of Rights. Upon completion, any and all information resulting from the investigation and not subject to rules of confidentiality will be made available to the public.