With all the cards on the table, it’s apparent some judges made a politically motivated attempt to bluff Fresno County Probation Chief Rick Chavez into retiring. It didn’t work, and now they are hiding behind their robes, the anonymous letter writer under his or her hood, and Mr. Chavez is being publicly lynched.
You don’t need to be a trained investigator to figure it out. Three judges, who wanted to gain more control over the operation of the probation department, endorsed Mike Elliot for the new position of assistant chief, expecting he would be would be hired.
Several months after Mr. Elliot came in second place, Mr. Chavez was blindsided with anonymous allegations of wrongdoing the judges refused to divulge. He was told it would all be swept under the rug if he retired. Is anyone now surprised the Assistant Chief Rosalinda Acosta, was bypassed with Mr. Elliot being appointed acting chief?
A drawn-out investigation produced nothing that couldn’t have been settled with a couple of phone calls or emails. No scandalous revelations; no theft of money; no credit card fraud; just a barrel of malarkey. The Fresno County Board of Supervisors figured all this out and accorded Mr. Chavez the respect he has earned and deserves.
William Owens, Fresno