Anaheim Police Chief Steps Down

Anaheim’s police chief is out.

Raul Quezada stepped down from the job Monday after a series of controversies that culminated in an 87 percent vote of no confidence by the Anaheim Police Association in August. He's getting a settlement package, but the city hasn’t said what it looks like. We know it resolves an earlier claim of “intolerable” working conditions, which is often the precursor to a lawsuit.

Quezada had been with the city since 1996 and was appointed chief several years ago. He was the first Latino to ever hold the post.

Last year, Quezada and a police captain came under scrutiny for allegedly failing to account for their paid time off. But a subsequent investigation found them free of wrongdoing.

City statements lauded the chief’s tenure, with Mayor Tom Tait saying he helped “bring the department closer to those it serves.”

Quezada’s retirement is just the latest in a number of high-level public safety departures in Orange County. Deputy Chief Julian Harvey will take over as acting chief.


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