Politics & Government

Paso Robles candidate says endorsements unrelated to son's police job

Pam Avila
Pam Avila jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Paso Robles City Council candidate Pam Avila has received endorsements from the city’s police and fire unions, support she said she earned on her own merits unrelated to her son being a sergeant at the Paso Robles Police Department.

Avila declined to say where her son was an officer, only saying she has a family member in local law enforcement because she wanted to protect his safety. The city confirmed the relationship.

The Paso Robles Police Officers Association through a majority vote of officers and dispatchers endorsed Avila on Oct. 8 while the Paso Robles Professional Firefighter Union endorsed her a week later.

Avila says having a family member on the police force won’t affect her position on the council, should she be elected, because she would recuse herself from “any decision that would directly affect him.”

Legally, Avila is able to serve on the council and participate in the council's decisions regarding the police department since her son is an adult and not her dependent, according to the city.

The Paso Robles Professional Firefighter Union endorsed Avila on Oct. 17, saying in a statement: “We believe Pam’s extensive business experience coupled with her deep ties to the community will help to ensure fiscal responsibility and provide for the safety of the community”.