Blogging Bayport Alameda

July 23, 2020

How the turntables

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:03 am

Yesterday around noon there was an exclusive report from ABC 7 News about the retirement of Alameda Police Department Chief Paul Rolleri.  From the report:

Alameda Police Chief Paul Rolleri announced his retirement in a letter sent to the city manager Wednesday, according to multiple sources close to ABC7. Per the letter, the Alameda native will retire by the end of August.

I’m asking for a copy of the letter so I’ll post it if I get it.  I don’t know if those sorts of things are public since it’s technically a personnel issue.

About two-ish hours after the ABC 7 report the city releases a press release.  Here’s the quote from the Chief:

“Being the Chief of Police here has been the honor and opportunity of a lifetime,” said Police Chief Rolleri. “After 31 years and family and friend discussions, I had made the personal decision to retire back in January.”

So we have like a month for an interim or acting appointment to be put into place and I imagine that we’ll have a full on search for a new police chief after that.  I hope that the process is a bit more expansive than it was for the fire chief search and has some level of community involvement given the current attention to what we as a community envision for our police department moving forward.

The timing is auspicious considering that a large portion of the community is expecting something transformative.  It’s not that the current police chief wouldn’t have risen to the occasion, but this may be a situation where the hire is brought on knowing what to expect rather than needing to be brought along for the journey.



  1. Does hoping for a more expansive search include a hope that no organization seeks to narrow the candidate pool by discouraging potential applicants?

    Comment by MP — July 23, 2020 @ 6:39 am

  2. Let’s see-the Fire Chief is on long term leave for “undisclosed” reasons, the former city manager was forced out and the city had to pay a huge settlement, two city council members were implicated in an investigation by the Grand Jury, and now they have forced the Police Chief out after John Knox White and Oddie propose to cut the police budget by 42%.

    That’s quite a dismal record for one City Council.

    Comment by Nowyouknow — July 23, 2020 @ 7:51 am

    • Was he forced out? On one hand it sure looks that way, but on other hand, if the choice is take your pension and ride off into the sunset or hang around to watch your department gutted, A is a pretty rational choice.

      Comment by dave — July 23, 2020 @ 8:02 am

    • The cost saving of the vacant city manager position, along with a couple other vacancies, significantly offset the golden parachute cost for the departed city manager – and the city apparently came out ahead with a more competent city manager who isn’t thin-skinned.

      And the absent Fire Chief was the one chosen by said departed city manager, and the the fire department is now being run by one of the internal candidates that the council members wanted for consideration.

      Now, I’m not painting all of this as total vindication for the two council members, but you can see why your “dismal record” remark rings hollow.

      Comment by JRB — July 23, 2020 @ 2:09 pm

      • I think this is the “consideration” that the council members wanted:

        JIM ODDIE: They – they could live with Ricky, right?
        MALIA VELLA: Yeah.
        JIM ODDIE: Yeah.
        MALIA VELLA: But I also don’t think Ricky’s be there for the long haul, and that worries
        going to me, relative – I mean, I think Ricky’s a nice guy and, and everything else, but I worry about having somebody who’s not necessarily looking at, like, the long term, and is more kind of —
        JILL KEIMACH: But he stuff, and the budget stuff.
        JIM ODDIE: Hmm.
        JILL KEIMACH: I know he’s been —
        understands the CalPERS
        that for sure, because
        MALIA VELLA: Um-hmm.
        JILL KEIMACH: — involved.
        MALIA VELLA: But I also think that he’s —
        JIM ODDIE: Um-hmm.
        MALIA VELLA: — not going to have a lot of
        trust, because he – as much trust, because he’s not a long-timer, and people are go – people think —
        JILL KEIMACH: He’s a – oh, you mean in the future
        MALIA VELLA: In the future. And I think that they’re gonna go, he’s two or three and out, and he’s gonna – he’s gonna spike his pension, and he’s gonna –

        Comment by MP — July 23, 2020 @ 2:35 pm

  3. Retired APD Matthews just wrote this warning to the City Council and residents of the Big Island…

    I suggest one goes on a Ride A Long with APD to see what they are up against. Illuminating to
    say the least.

    Comment by Ned Racine — July 23, 2020 @ 9:29 am

  4. Can you factually cite from above what % constitutes a “large portion of the community is expecting something transformative”? Last online FBook meeting held by JO and JKW said only 43 people attended. What am I missing? Hmmm…

    Comment by Ned Racine — July 23, 2020 @ 9:40 am

    • It would be interesting to know how many people are showing up for the mayor’s zooms or the CC meetings. THe first couple of times were standing room only, I think the cut off was 50. My own “Less than 1/3 rule” (Less than 1/3 pop. vote, so that’s start figure. Less than 1/3 vote pays any attention, etc.) says that getting 60 people to a city Zoom meeting is very good turnout. Maybe 300 would be a good rep of active community. Mike M might have some idea of what a large portion might be. I’d especially be interested in what a large portion of non-white population would be. They are the people we have been told are the stakeholders for input on unbundling our Police Department.

      Comment by Li_ — July 23, 2020 @ 3:25 pm

  5. Que the police union spin trolls.

    Comment by michonnekatana — July 23, 2020 @ 10:52 am

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Say what you want

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Blog at