Paso Robles police chief finalist bows out

The recruit from the San Diego Police Department cites personal reasons for declining the position

newsroom@thetribunenews.comJanuary 3, 2013 

Manuel “Manny” Guaderrama

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Manny Guaderrama, finalist for the position of Paso Robles police chief, has withdrawn his candidacy, citing personal reasons — partly involving financial matters related to compensation, the city said Thursday. Among them: His wife, Cari, would have had to close her business.

“We are certainly disappointed, but we will now focus on restarting the search process and making sure our Police Department gets the support they need,’’ Paso Robles Mayor Duane Picanco said in a news release.

The terms of employment had not yet been released, but the position pays up to $160,020 per year, excluding benefits.

Guaderrama, who applied for the job in June along with 60 other candidates, is a 29-year veteran and a captain with the San Diego Police Department.

Avery Associates, which conducted the initial search, will renew it now, for no additional fee, according to its agreement with the city.

Acting police Chief Robert Burton has agreed to continue to lead the department, a role he has filled since the spring.

Guaderrama, who is on vacation from his job, was unavailable for comment Thursday. Previously, he told The Tribune he wanted to give Paso Robles police a new direction through open communication and an exchange of ideas. He planned to take a personal approach in the community, he said.

The department was rocked with controversy last year when former Chief Lisa Solomon resigned after being accused of sexual misconduct with one of her officers.

The police association — representing officers, sergeants and dispatchers — supported the hiring of Guaderrama. Officers were part of the community panels that interviewed the chief candidates.

The San Diego State graduate and his wife, an esthetician who owns her own skin care business, have three sons.

In August, his middle son was accused of misdemeanor sexual battery and vandalism charges after an altercation at a taco shop in Pacific Beach in which three women were allegedly attacked, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. Some San Diego police employees who didn’t give their names accused the son of receiving special treatment in the case, but the department denied that, the newspaper reported.

Guaderrama's son has been charged and is being prosecuted, San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne told The Tribune.

The alleged crime was not in Guaderrama’s division, he added.

“This matter has been explored with the San Diego police chief, who reports Manny had no involvement, and this will be confirmed through the standard peace officer pre-hire background inquiry,” according to the Paso Robles news release.

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