Bishop Police officers issue ‘Letter of No Confidence’ in Chief Carter

Seven members of the Bishop Police Department released a lengthy “Letter of No Confidence in Bishop Police Chief Chris Carter” – detailing alleged misdeeds by Chief Carter and other City of Bishop officials.

Brent Gillespie, Mark Gutierrez, Doug Mairs, David Jepson, Jared Waasdorp, Bryan Rossy and Mike Mairs signed their names to the press release that was distributed to the Bishop City Council, Sierra Wave Media and other Eastern Sierra media outlets.

Bishop Police Chief Chris Carter

Bishop Police Chief Chris Carter

There are 11 sworn officers of the Bishop Police Department, not counting Chief Carter and police dispatchers.

In July, Chief Carter announced his plans to retire at the end of September.

Sierra Wave Media contacted the Bishop Police Department for comment from Chief Carter, but he is on vacation. All calls were referred to Bishop City Administrator Jim Tatum. Tatum told Sierra Wave Media the City of Bishop had no comment at this time, but would respond to the letter.

Click on the following link for the complete text of the letter:

Letter of No Confidence in Bishop Police Chief Chris Carter



, ,

113 Responses to Bishop Police officers issue ‘Letter of No Confidence’ in Chief Carter

  1. High Water September 25, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

    As a veteran I believe the Colonel could have provided things for Bishop that are in short supply. I believe that the 7 officers, chief, the city administrator lack. I wonder how many of these folks have served their country. 10 leadership qualities from fortune 500 Ceo’s with Military Backgrounds
    1. Look Sharp
    2. Assemble diverse teams to get a range of perspectives.
    3. Be willing to listen to everyone.
    4. Act decisively even with limited information.
    5. Carefully plan out the logistics.
    6. Stay calm under pressure.
    7. Lead with integrity.
    8. Be, know, and do everything you ask of those below you.
    9 Give 100% of your effort. 
    10. Invest in relationships for the long term

    These folks choose a career with HUGE RESPONSIBILITIES! Carrying a firearm and badge is BIG DEAL. It’s our community! Without your tax dollars this doesn’t exist. The city council needs to act, and show the people who provide there salary that they are competent. As of today, I’m not sure how many of these ten values these folks have!

  2. Stoopid September 24, 2015 at 11:03 am #

    Situations involving law enforcement and or local government, can often be tricky. Unfortunately, Abuse of power, and retaliation happens much more than most of us are aware of, and because of this, there are times when it may not be wise to reveal your identity. I know this from personal experience. Also unfortunate, is the reality that Bishop and Inyo County communities are now, and have been for many years, living in a culture of corruption. This is a perfect example. Even after 7 officers come forward and question the ethics of their chief, the city administrators fail to act. I can’t help but wonder how many other complaints have been disregarded? It is no different than when the grand jury investigated the former DA on allegations of gross intentional misconduct a few years back. He resigned, and that was that. Small town justice at its finest.

    • John September 25, 2015 at 1:17 pm #

      Small town justice at its finest. And it’s even worse in Bridgeport.

  3. Rick O'Brien September 23, 2015 at 5:12 pm #

    If you don’t value your own opinion enough to stand behind it, how do you expect anyone else to ? We’re all entitled to our opinions, and I,for one, have absolutely no problem when someone doesn’t agree with mine or vice-versa. I just don’t choose to hide behind a bogus screen name.

    • Russ Monroe September 24, 2015 at 7:49 am #

      Well stated Rick. Using a pseudonym to add factual content to a discussion, I understand. It can be of real value to the process. Using a pseudonym to snipe, or express hostility is not of value to anyone. As I always preach: no such thing as anonymity on the net….. you think you can’t be held accountable? You might want to have a talk with Hillary Clinton before you type again.

    • Low-Inyo September 24, 2015 at 11:24 am #

      Rick O’ Brien….Thing about it is,there are a LOT of goof-balls out there this day and age that are,at the least,willing to take it to the next level…web-site “tough-guys”…getting someone’s phone number,address,and personal info is a “click” away…when I had that creep on the MLB baseball site threaten me with phone calls and devuldging my personal info over the web-site I actually talked to a Law Enforcement officer about the legality if he were to do that or threaten to do it,and they told me since I didn’t know who it was there is nothing that can be done about it….and went on to say it’s NEVER a good idea to post on sites with opinions using your name,and especially if they know or can find out where the area and State,town,etc. you might live….in little towns like we live in,and posting on a LOCAL web-site makes it even worse.Speaking for myself,I hate anytype of confrontation,and if it would happen to start on a web-site opinion or banter with someone and go beyond that,involving maybe phone calls,threats,or if something were to be said about things in person,a good chance it wouldn’t end well for one of us….it’s not “hiding behind ” anything…and quite possibly,with a story like this involving Law Enforcement problems and opinions,it could be even worse for those that choose to “man-up” and use their real names….sometimes not a good idea….just sayin’…

  4. High Water September 23, 2015 at 3:28 pm #

    @Happy – says the hypocrite. Who cares if people post a fake name! It’s irrelevant! The situation doesn’t become more (sadder) because of people’s opinions, or there fake name. 1st amendment is pretty clear.
    None of us had nothing to do with this story. Someone wants to post there real name, then more power to ya.
    What would happen for instance, if a cop harassed someone, because of there opinion in this matter. It could happen! It does happen!
    It’s Irrelevant! Good day Happy!

  5. Happy September 23, 2015 at 12:54 pm #

    To anyone reading this who HASN’T posted a negative comment under an assumed name (and I know who several of you are…great choice on the fake names, brothers!), you should definitely check out the posting of the letters & comments on the Inyo Register: you HAVE to give your name on that site (none of this anonymous stuff). I realize that I’m being a hypocrite here, not using my real name, but just want to make a point without creating too much of a scuffle.

    Bob Todd: if this were a worthy new agency (which I don’t consider it as such since Bennett’s passing), you would require that people give their true name to avoid this “bashing”. It really is trash and makes a sad situation even sadder.

    • Bob Todd September 23, 2015 at 2:08 pm #

      That would be “news” agency and Benett (proper spelling) didn’t require “true” names.

      Bob Todd

    • Low-Inyo September 23, 2015 at 2:34 pm #

      Happy ; Sometimes not a good idea to show your true name on a web-site,especially when it differs from most opinions,or you don’t take it all serious like some seem to do.Personally,on a MLB web-site I posted on in the past,one guy threatened to expose my phone number and personal info if I continued with a banter we had going back and forth….and this was over a difference of opinion about baseball !!! And closer to home,right here on this site,I’ve seen a time or two where threats were written about shutting down someones computer “and having the knowledge to do it ” if an issue was to keep up.

  6. Adrian September 23, 2015 at 7:43 am #

    I am honestly embarrassed for Pam and Rhonda. Your comments don’t support any real facts. Having read the Chiefs letter, i can now see it is out of desperation. Desperation to cover up wrong doings. Well guess what, this is not going away, so buckle up buttercup, skeletons will be exposed. Bob Todd I am very proud of the way you have handled everything. Calling you out is a deflection.

    • Happy September 24, 2015 at 7:31 am #

      Support for the facts? So how does the letter “show support for the facts?

  7. Focus September 23, 2015 at 2:00 am #

    Stay focused on the facts people. Calling out Pam or Bob Todd tells me you just like whine, complain and stir the pot. The facts are an issue was brought up by seven officers, that needs to be addressed. Intelligent comments have been made. Keep them going. Pam is showing support, Bob is doing his job. Maybe that’s the problem, so many people in Bishop love the witch hunt and then the frenzy begins. This is a serious issue that warrants investigations into the Chief, Tatum and the council. Chief Carter has responded, now the City council and Tatum should respond. Leave the others out of your feeding frenzy.

  8. Rhonda September 22, 2015 at 4:26 pm #

    Not posting all the comments in support of Chris and Pam is awesome too! Fail on the part of the moderator.

    • Bob Todd September 22, 2015 at 5:39 pm #

      Rhonda – If you wouldn’t call people names and not use profanity, perhaps a couple of your comments would have posted.

      Bob Todd

      • Rhonda September 22, 2015 at 5:50 pm #

        I am not just talking about my comments sir.

        • Jack smith September 22, 2015 at 7:29 pm #

          Sir??? Wow, Rhonda you say sir, you have class!!

        • Bob Todd September 22, 2015 at 9:15 pm #

          I don’t appreciate you calling my integrity into question. As much as I don’t like to use the phrase, because, I love dogs as much as anyone in this world, I have no dog in this fight. I’m just doing my job and trying my best to be fair.

          Bob Todd

          • Get Smart September 22, 2015 at 9:56 pm #

            Bob, like Benett before you, your reputation in our community is rock solid. You present the facts from both sides and let the people decide.

            Rhonda’s comments are typical of those who cannot present a rational argument for their position.

            She cannot argue the facts so she attacks the messenger. It is a pathetic attempt to redirect the narrative and she has failed.

            Please keep being fair and honest as you have always done.

  9. Really? September 22, 2015 at 5:45 am #

    The reality is Bennett had agendas like most people. For those that say she wouldn’t post one sided reports or that she only reported the truth from both sides to let the reader decided, are also wrong. The Mono County Sheriff campaign is a great example where she reported her agenda. While sheriff obenberger had issues so did Ingrid, which is why she was released from probation but those facts were not reported for obvious reasons. The Sierra Wave is the national enquirer of the eastern Sierra. If it bleeds it leads….

    • Allen Berrey September 22, 2015 at 9:04 am #

      That is simply false, insofar as the Mono County Sheriff’s campaign is concerned; Benett simply reported the facts surrounding Sheriff Obenberger’s administration.

      Her “agenda” was the truth, something in very short supply from Mono County officials.

      For example, after I filed it on his behalf, Benett and KSRW simply and truthfully reported the contents of the claim for damages I filed on behalf of a motorist who had been illegally stopped and harassed by two Mono County Sheriff’s officers.

      She reached out to Sheriff Obenberger for a response to the claim.

      Instead of denying the allegations of the claim and defending himself and his officers, however, Sheriff Obenberger gave Benett “no comment.”

      That was his decision; but Obenberger’s infantile and disrespectful refusal to provide the best journalist this region has ever seen with a simple answer to a legitimate question cannot and should not be conflated into evidence that she had an “agenda.”


      • Rick O'Brien September 23, 2015 at 5:19 pm #

        I just CAN”T resist a blast from the past…
        There once was a Sheriff named Obie..
        Rob Weber was known as his TOBIE…
        They fired the girl,
        and then in a whirl…
        lost both of their jobs to a PROBIE !!!

  10. Mel September 21, 2015 at 8:51 pm #

    Let us not forget what the overall objective for our community is, abide by the laws, regulations and policies we are handed and stop wasting money.

  11. Pam Galvin September 21, 2015 at 4:11 pm #

    What’s pathetic is you won’t post your true names! Cowardly! Don’t address me!

    • Wayne September 21, 2015 at 7:54 pm #

      You tell ’em Pam!!!!!

    • Wondering September 22, 2015 at 8:44 am #

      Simmer down Tonto….we all need to stay focused on what this is about, and wait until the truth comes out. Either way, I feel bad for all involved, the Officers, the Chief, the City and all us wrapped up in this. Our community has gone through too many “uproars” this last couple months. May be time for some new leaders….and new followers.

    • Eastern Sierra Local October 12, 2015 at 12:22 pm #

      I believe that “Pam Galvin” is the Records Supervisor for the Bishop PD; I’m sure she knows more of what’s going on at the PD than most who’ve commented here; but as a Supervisor for the Bishop Police Department she has a due diligence for keeping her opinions to herself especially now that a third party investigation is proceeding and that she may be a potential witness.

  12. rockhugr September 21, 2015 at 11:52 am #

    Ironically, one of the signed cops had their own little incident of misconduct not too long ago but he is pointing his finger at Nolan. Seems he forgot about that.

    • Wow September 21, 2015 at 12:29 pm #

      Rockhugr, another pathetic attempt to cover up what’s going on. I am wondering how you would know that information about that officer?? good ole boy right!!!

    • Enough September 21, 2015 at 4:00 pm #

      Officer Nolan is not a bad guy or police officer. As unfortunate as it is, he seems to be taking the heat for the chief and city administrators down falls. As a recipient of gracious treatment by the chief, he now has the finger pointed at him so the fed up officers can make a point. These issues should have been handled at the top before they could get down the chain. Everyone screws up at some point in their lives or career, big or small. I hope officer Nolan amd the rest of the BPD are able to move on from these outrages chain of events and get something positive out of it!

    • stephanie.... September 24, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

      Some of us have seen way too much inapropriate actions from some of these officers.seems like only a little while back at least three of these officer were having relations with the same lady or two. But these actions seem to just get covered up. A few shady officers can take its toll on a dept. I dont feel bad for these few but i do feel sorry for their wives and children .as for the rest of the pd i have nothing bad to say about them. The rest are good cops . These few know who they r. Shame on u.

  13. Just cause September 21, 2015 at 10:59 am #

    If I were Pam Galvin at this point I would feel ashamed for speaking about Bennett Kessler in the manner in which she did. Everyone who knew Bennett knows she would speak the truth no matter how it looked to individual people. This comment to me shows desperation from Ms Galvin and a pathetic attempt to cover up the issues stated in the letter. “Partial truths” as she stated is still an admission of wrongdoing..

    • Low-Inyo September 21, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

      Just cause……It’s obvious Pam Galvin is one of those,for whatever reasons,think Law Enforcement can do no wrong,and are above the law….kudos to the officers and personel that came forward with that letter and exposing the wrongs this Chief has done..and probably a lot more we don’t and won’t know about..certainly not all made up or “sour grapes”……thankfully,where I live,Law Enforcement (ICSO) are good,fair people,great to talk and joke with,and not thinking they are better than the regular citizens or in the throwing their weight-around mode..

  14. Trouble September 21, 2015 at 10:55 am #

    I’m not seeing the reasons for the anger here. If the worse things Crater did was let Dan coach football and teach a class at the college, this thing makes no sense. Sounds like he already took Dan’s strips for a little horse playing.

  15. Bishop September 21, 2015 at 9:09 am #

    Pam I would love to see the stats, which officers are turning over rocks, kickin’ ass and taking names cause if the top officers are those who have signed this letter, then we’ll that’s embarrassing for you.

  16. Ickity September 21, 2015 at 8:27 am #

    Yikes-NIH, TCF, now the BPD? What the heck is going on in this town? Seems to be a trend happening in our little town.

  17. Becky September 21, 2015 at 6:34 am #

    Well I would like to thank sierrawave for posting. I dont recall Pam Galvin being a POLICE OFFICER. If 7 out of 11 PATROL officers,two of which are sergeants, are willing to say what a horrible job Carter is doing, well then I believe them. The King and his minions have to go.

  18. Vons shopper September 21, 2015 at 2:52 am #

    This is embarrassing but does not surprise me. I support the officers who stood up to the wrongdoing. I agree that it is a conflict of interest when a council member, chief of police and a Former sergeant are in a business together. When that same chief does not remove himself from a sexual harassment investigation against his business partner, and even more crazy that the discipline was not more severe. Sexual harassment cannot be tolerated. This chief is a liability to the city as well as the council member. IT LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT TAKING CARE OF EACH OTHER THAN DOING WHAT IS RIGHT FOR THE COMMUNITY OR THEIR ORGANIZATIONS. CITY COUNCIL this must be investigated by an outside organization for an impartial look into these serious allegations. In the meantime, Pecsi and Carter must be put on leave, so they cannot interfere with the investigation or better yet I hope they resign.

  19. bishoplocal September 20, 2015 at 9:57 pm #

    Pam that has to be the worst response defending the chief and his good ole boy crew. You have no valid points as to why the accusations are false. Or that they are even false at all!! Which makes me think they are 100% true. Your argument barley even makes sense.

    We would love to all see the stats. I’m sure the ones leading that department are the ones signed on that letter. With that being said those officers that signed that letter are good officers with good reputations, not sure you can say that about the ones who did not. That says a lot about the validity of this letter. I hope these guys win their fight! I absolutely back all 7 of you.

  20. Pam Galvin September 20, 2015 at 7:26 pm #

    I really feel I need to make a statement here…First to the news agency that allowed this letter to be posted. I’ve known and worked with Bennett Kessler for years..She would roll over in her grave by the reporting in this post!!! it’s one sided…Bob Todd cmon’! This letter is based on partial truths… it’s content is one sided…What ever happened to 3 sides to a story…You should go to work for the Thirty Mile Zone (TMZ) they are all about that type of reporting.. … Chris Carter is a fair Chief and a good man!!! REALLY???..Going to call out former Chief Pecsi too???? One of the best chiefs the PD has every had…The man that hired most of you!!!! You were disgruntled with the Sheriff and his office politics…Hmmmm, sounds like a personal problem? I ran stats and to the citizens of Bishop your department is still responding to calls and turning over rocks, kickin’ ass and taking names! I would be happy to show you all the statistics!!!

    2 bonded by their seat as president and vice president of the association and 2 others..That makes four. Out of 8 really so half…That could actually get you to Hollywood on American Idol.

    • No map September 20, 2015 at 9:21 pm #

      Funny you should bag on the only media station who has the ⚽️’S to post this letter! Haven’t heard a peep from KIBS/KBOV??? I wonder why that is?? ?oh ya that’s why!

    • High Water September 21, 2015 at 12:36 am #

      @charlesO.jones- thank you for making my point. Crying about pete wilson. That’s why you don’t want govt. In charge of a pension fund. One of the political parties will do something to screw it up. Govt is corrupt.

      • Charles O. Jones September 21, 2015 at 10:53 am #

        I try to reserve my crying for notorious events and the individuals responsible. I guess I could just cry in general, like you often do, but I don’t see the point.

        As far as the pension fund goes, the government is not in charge of it. Calpers is administered by its own board of directors. Thankfully the voters supported prop. 162 (in 1992) which prevents greedy politicians from raiding the pension fund for their own uses, (like Wilson did in 1991).

        Aside from Wilson’s actions being a notable and costly event in the history of the pension fund, I bring it up because Pete is a conservative icon. Had the pension fund been raided by a democratic Governor, the conservatives would’ve screamed bloody murder. But it was good ol’ boy Pete, so most of them just looked the other way.

        • High Water September 21, 2015 at 3:52 pm #

          @charlesO.jones – If the govt isn’t in charge of it, then how can a Governor get his stealing hands on it? C’mon Charles stop defending a flawed and corrupt system. Your smarter than that.

          • Charles O. Jones September 21, 2015 at 6:52 pm #

            @High Water,
            I’ll explain it again…

            1991 – Wilson raids pension fund.
            1992 – Voters pass prop 162 to ensure it won’t happen again.

            Reading is fundamental.

    • Russ Monroe September 21, 2015 at 7:00 am #

      Bob Todd did not write this letter Pam. Having had the privilege of working with Benett for three decades; I disagree with your assumptions as to what her actions might have been. I cannot imagine Benett “sweeping this under the rug”. An outcome where the community gets to openly discuss a letter like this, is exactly what Benett did want, and did make happen. The anger you expressed, I believe should be directed elsewhere.

    • Wondering September 21, 2015 at 8:39 am #

      I have to disagree with you Ms. Galvin BIG TIME. I think Bennett would be proud, and she would stand tall next to Bob. She, of all, stood up for what is honest and right. She reported on things that got peoples cackles up all the time. I feel, this is OUR community, and our leaders. We DO NOT need to be in the dark about happenings at the PD. There is much more that we do not know…thank you Sierra Wave for letting the community know.

      • Bishop55 September 25, 2015 at 12:09 pm #

        Bennett was a wonderful woman stop making her seem bad, are you kidding me we love Bennett.

    • Get Smart September 21, 2015 at 8:57 am #

      Pam, this is exactly the type of letter Benett would have posted and the other media outlets would would not. It is clear that the Inyo Register is under new management because they posted the letter. The tide is turning.

      Bob Todd is following in Bennet’s footsteps. She would have done the same thing. Post the letter and let the public decide.

      Great job Bob! Stay true to Bennet’s standard of being a media outlet that cannot be controlled by the PTB.

    • Eastern Sierra Local September 21, 2015 at 10:52 am #

      Sorry Ms. Galvin, you’re WAY OFF BASE! This is EXACTLY what Ms. Kessler would have done- did you forget about her long running column and radio segment called “Bureaucrat Beat?”
      Ms. Kessler IS NOT “rolling in her grave,” she’s standing up and saying “RIGHT ON BOB!”

  21. Jadedwisdom78 September 20, 2015 at 11:14 am #

    I vote Chris Connolly for Chief of Police!!!! 🙂

    • Speakeasy September 21, 2015 at 7:17 am #

      Amen! Crown the King of Filth to rule his empire of prancing hypocrites!

  22. Don't Forget September 20, 2015 at 10:49 am #

    Everyone seems to focused only on the issues within the PD – which are shocking, I agree. However, this letter makes it clear that the issues are beyond just the PD. The City Administrator ignored the issues when reported. Councilman Pecsi has violated the law by having an employee that is being paid by the taxpayers work on his private business. Chief Carter is retiring and will gone soon – but what about Pecsi and Tatum? I supported and voted for Joe for council, and I can’t even begin to describe how disgusted I am right now. As a taxpayer, I expect nothing less than the following:

    *Chief Carter should be terminated immediately.
    *The City Council should request that the State Attorney General be brought in to investigate this mess. The Grand Jury investigating this does no one any good – the report won’t be out for a year, and they have no enforcement power.
    *The City Council should start an independent investigation using an outside investigator on Tatum’s lack of follow through on this. This job was too big for him, and now it’s showing and it’s going to cost us. He’s a nice guy, but his lack of administrative experience in administration is showing – this isn’t managing 3 employees, it’s a city.
    *Joe Pecsi should immediately resign, and the FPPC should investigate his misuse of public funds.
    *The remaining City Council should hold public meetings about what they are doing to bring transparency, ethics, and accountability to ALL positions – including their own – in the City. That a sitting Councilman, the Chief of Police, and an officer within that same department could have an outside business together is a CLEAR conflict of interest to anyone with half a brain. Where was the City Attorney?

    If 10% of what these 7 officers have claimed is true, it’s 100% too much.

  23. Trouble September 20, 2015 at 6:30 am #

    Well, they can’t blame the press for this one.

  24. Felicia September 19, 2015 at 6:44 pm #

    Too bad there are only 2 bars in town because there will be 7 police officers looking for a good job as a bouncer.

    • Inyo resident September 19, 2015 at 9:49 pm #

      Bye Felicia. Sounds like you have a real issue with these officers. Very telling with your posts who’s side you are on. Do you attend their “parties”??

    • Concerned September 20, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

      Felicia, you obviously don’t know much about the law. If these officer were to loose their jobs over this then they would be able to buy all the bars in this town with all the money they would get from lawsuit they would win against the city.

    • Eastern Sierra Local September 21, 2015 at 10:46 am #

      Felicia- there are 5 bars in Bishop! I KNOW!

  25. Reality ✔️ September 19, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

    One or two officers even three come out with a letter such as this, yeah maybe they are a bunch of disgruntled officers trying to slander the chief and his cronies! Seven officers including two Sergeants, nearly 3/4 your patrol staff come out with this letter????? I would say that’s not a group of men acting childish because they were not promoted!! That tells me there are way bigger issues then the “recently promoted sgt” with whom 7 officers felt to be lacking morales and ethics. It tells me and anyone who reads it the department has been on a decline for a long time and the issues stated in the letter was the last straw! I do however think names of the officers involved, (not the signees) should have been left out! Good luck for a long bumpy road

  26. Roger September 19, 2015 at 4:08 pm #

    Have Inyo co Sheriffs take over law enforcement for the city of Bishop, and disband Bishop police department.
    Why should we tax payers foot the bill for this dis functional city of Bishop police department?
    The Inyo co sheriffs department handles law enforcement for thousands of square miles , and all the other cities in Inyo county, I’m sure it can handle the two square miles of Bishop.

    • Wayne September 21, 2015 at 7:47 pm #

      Let it be noted that the Sheriff’s office constantly calls the Bishop Police for backup because it is very common for the Sheriffs to have one deputy covering Big pine and Bishop. If you get stabbed in Bishop have fun waiting for a deputy to come from Big Pine.

  27. Sean September 19, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

    Sounds like a special investigator (or 3) should be brought in with no connection to anyone in the area. The Bishop Town Council needs to jump all over this IMO to give the public confidence that the truth will come out and corrective actions will be taken. This isn’t 1970 and you can’t sweep stuff like this under the rug. These Officers are now protected under “whistle blower” laws.

  28. tourbillon September 19, 2015 at 3:43 pm #

    I read the letter. Don’t know Carter or any Bishop cop. Don’t have a dog in this fight.

    That said: every complaint in the letter is niggling and cheap, mostly amounting to “Carter likes the guys who did not sign this letter and so we’re pitching a fit.” There are many management styles, some better, some worse. Maybe I wouldn’t like Carter’s style; I sure as heck wouldn’t want to work around crybabies who launch a cheap shot, gratuitously public, at a guy about to retire.

    I agree Bishop has a problem with its PD. Seven of them. A cop with disgraceful judgment is not a good cop.

  29. John Barton September 19, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

    The good ol’ boy syndrome is alive and well as ever in the valley. It’s not integrity that counts but rather who you know and how you can benefit them instead of the greater good.

  30. Eastern sierra local September 19, 2015 at 1:00 pm #

    EXCELLENT LETTER and KUDOS to those officers!!
    Unfortunately, it seems a day late and a dollar short considering Carter is retiring.
    I really hope that these accusations (which appear well documented) are ferreted out. I know that the State (under the Fair Political Practices Committee) requires public officials to be trained in ethical and conflicting behavior and at a minimum there appears to be violations of FPPP standards. Let alone violations of public trust and the misuse of public funds.
    Congratulations officers! I’m VERY IMPRESSED!! I wish you would’ve said something earlier but I’m sure you didn’t because of retaliation issues!

    • Felicia September 19, 2015 at 6:46 pm #

      Those officers are unethical and do not even know the law they represent.

      • Tonya S. September 20, 2015 at 7:42 am #

        Felicia, You are right the chief and the officers who didn’t sign the letter are unethical and don’t know the Law they represent. The chief and his buddies, I mean other officers should live their lives with morals and ethics on and off duty.

  31. The Duke September 19, 2015 at 10:02 am #

    I give a standing ovation to the noble officers with morals, values and ethics for taking a stand on the corruption that has plagued the Bishop P.D. since the Dishion and Pesci era. I hope the Mayor and the City Council members with morals and ethics see the light and do not allow the Chief to be a part of hiring his (The King) replacement or any further promotions within the Bishop Police Department. If he is allowed, the good old boy/corruption will only continue. Not only will these righteous officers suffer, but so will our community. I have full confidence that the Mayor and our community will stand behind these honorable officers and put an end to the corruption.

  32. redneck September 19, 2015 at 9:52 am #

    Obviously a straw broke the camels back, so it doesn’t matter when Carter is retiring. Did you not read the letter ? He is still making corrupt/good ole boy/pick my partner in crime decisions. If you can’t trust the pillars of our community then who can you trust. I grew up in Bishop and this nepotism crap has been going on for years, finally there is enough good guys to speak up. Bishop is a small town, did he think he could act like a king with his lowly peasants and not be held accountable. Good luck boys, stay true blue

  33. Charles O. Jones September 19, 2015 at 9:44 am #

    A vote of no confidence rarely turns out good for any of the parties involved. That aside, if the accusations made in the letter are true, the council needs to act on it and show the chief to the door immediately. There is no room for this alleged behavior in any community.

  34. cop lover September 19, 2015 at 9:20 am #

    When I moved to Bishop in 2010 I was told the story of a BPD officer who was reported to the chief by another officer for robbing, beating, and sexually assaulting women of color. The reporting officer was forced out of the department and his family has been harassed ever since.
    I found it hard to believe that the honest cops in BPD did nothing, but I understand sometimes
    loyalty overrides better impulses.

    I must admit that if any officer treated my wife or daughters in this fashion his time on earth would be short, and I am surprised this guy feels safe on the street, especially since any decent hunting round can penetrate body armor and BPD officers patrol alone.

    This is matter for the FBI. If you don’t want the feds in your town, clean up your mess yourselves.

    • Gary Trotman October 30, 2015 at 5:32 am #


  35. Concerned Citizen September 19, 2015 at 9:14 am #

    Wow! It must have taken a lot of BS for these officers to resort to submitting a letter such as this. Sounds like the same good old boy scenario that was up in Mono County Sheriff’s Department that is until they cleaned their house and fixed the favoritism problem…
    So if I read the letter correctly and the facts are true in the letter, Officer Nolan was removed as a supervisor for sending “lewd and obscene pictures” to a subordinate on duty with a city cell phone, yet less than a year later was placed back in a supervisory position????? And this was done under the approval of the chief and city manager??? Who is managing this liability for the city for another sexual harassment claim??? As a citizen of the City of Bishop, I would implore the city council members to investigate this and determine if this is true and if so, why would the city manager allow something like this? It appears the city manager, the chief, and the chief’s favorite chosen few have corrupted the police department and created a bad working environment for the majority of the others.
    I think maybe the grand jury needs to investigate each and every allegation in this letter and see exactly what is going on at “our police department.” Then the truth will be known, without any favoritism or political maneuvering. Let the facts speak for themselves!!!!!!!

  36. Trouble September 19, 2015 at 5:55 am #

    My personal opinion is this is small town politics at its worse. The dude is gone right after he uses up his vacation time.

    It’s like their all competing for the same prom date

  37. Wayne September 19, 2015 at 12:06 am #

    What is the point of this? It looks as if it was written in a spewing of hatred and emotion. It’s all heresay, and what gets me is that 1. It was released while the chief was on vacation, 2 also right before he retires. Where I’m sure some of the statements are somewhat true, it primarily sounds like a child’s attempt to get the last laugh.

    Technically this letter is illegal because it is slanderous. (Referece California civil code 44, 45a and 46) which states a defamation claim is:
    Publication of a statement of fact that is false, unprivledged, and has the tendancy to injure

    Hopefully the officers that signed this didn’t commit career suicide because this document is never going to go away now. They could get the s–t sued out of them and lose.

    Listen only to fact and not heresay my friends.

    • Get Smart September 19, 2015 at 4:19 pm #

      The only reason the Officers and Sergeants would go public with a letter like this is that they feel they have totally run out of options to work within the system.

      This extreme action would only be undertaken because they feel that the situation has become so bad, there is no other option because the system has totally failed. This is an act of desperation and a cry for help to the public and city council to listen to them. As bad as the letter seems to be, I bet there is much more that they did not put in the letter.

      They feel that another six months under a “retired” Chief Carter working there would be horrific for them regardless if they wrote the letter or not. They feel as if they have nothing to lose.

      The solution would be to hire an independent investigation firm that specializes in law enforcement leadership issues to do a top to bottom review of the Bishop Police Department. The firm selected, and the parameters of the review, would have to be agreed upon by the Officers and Sergeants and the members of the City Council. The report would then be made public.

      What some call “anger” and “hate” in the letter is really evidence of these employees being traumatized by their experiences at Bishop PD. I would strongly advise that the city hire a Law Enforcement mental health professional to conduct a Mental Health review of the entire department. There are clearly some huge issues there that affect these officer’s lives even when they are off duty.

      One professional that comes to mind is Dr. Lawrence Blum. He recently did a similar review at MLPD.

    • Inyo resident September 19, 2015 at 5:14 pm #

      I am pretty sure the officers would not sign something if they didn’t take the proper steps. If they lose their jobs over this,which would be retaliation, they could sue the City. Does not sound like here say to me sounds like facts. 1. Why is the Chief on Vacation this close to retirement, he should be fixing the mess he created. 2. He may be retiring but is still staying on until they have a new Chief which I would imagine takes a long time. Obviously something is wrong if they are willing come out with this letter now.

  38. Rick O'Brien September 18, 2015 at 11:28 pm #

    This is tongue in cheek, people…not to be taken seriously. It’s a PARODY ! I have never heard or read anything negative about the Chief OR Bishop PD (before this article)

  39. Rick O'Brien September 18, 2015 at 11:25 pm #

    There once was a police chief named Carter…
    In the beginning, he was known as a starter…
    He belittled his men,
    and then with a grin ,
    Retired, and became the town martyr.

  40. High Water September 18, 2015 at 8:44 pm #

    Federal, state, county, city. It’s a culture of corruption. Sad but true. Police depts. and their officers our suppose to be held to a Higher Standard.
    This behavior is unacceptable.

    “When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”

  41. ninetofour September 18, 2015 at 8:21 pm #

    Hmmm I wonder why the new Sgt has integrity issues?

  42. Nomo September 18, 2015 at 8:21 pm #

    The poor guy needs to retire. He has worked hard and deserves to be takin care of for the rest of his life.
    Will 280k a year work for you chief Carter?
    The tax payers

    • High Water September 19, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

      @Nomo 280k YR. RETIREMENT.
      Time to reconsider displaying the P.D. into the sheriff’s dept. Bishop does not need a police force with what 12-15 officers. I’m sure if you if you did a study of number law enforcement per person, the Bishop and surrounding areas would have way above avg. Of cop to person.

      I’ve been saying this on here many times, talking about the salaries and ret. Of govt. Employeees. These monies rely 100% on you to fund them (TAXES) . Tired of feeding the beast. To keep the beast sustainable you lose more and more of your liberty. Why? Because the beast has to pass more laws and raise taxes to keep her healthy self alive. The beast gets bigger, arrogant every year to sustain her.

      STOP!! Having the govt. tell you how much she cares for you. WE NEED LIMITED GOVT.
      The govt. Cares for herself, not you.

      “When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”

      • Bob Loblaw September 19, 2015 at 9:09 pm #

        I generally try to avoid getting drawn into stuff like this, but you’re off on this one. While taxes of one form or another fund almost all of government salaries, Calpers is funded by the people who contribute to it, and the money it makes on investments. In fact, more than once the state has “Borrowed” (read absconded with) money from Calpers because it had a surplus and the state was a little short. The Internet is rife with information. Please check facts once in a while.

        • Charles O. Jones September 20, 2015 at 6:30 am #

          And If CalPERS could get back the nearly 2 billion $$ that conservative Governor Pete Wilson “borrowed” back in the 90’s they might be in slightly better shape.

          • High Water September 20, 2015 at 10:55 am #

            Liberals and Conservatives are exactly the same. They just pander to there base and pretend to be different.
            When are people gonna wake up and realize that we are being fleeced.
            I’m neither a (D) or (R) I’m for all of us coming together and realizing that BIG GOVT. doesn’t work. Tired of giving these thieves so much of MY HARD EARNED MONEY. everything govt. Does they screw up. Right? They can’t even deliver the mail without going into debt. Geessh!!

        • High Water September 20, 2015 at 8:56 am #

          @Bobloblaw for your reading enjoyment.

          • Charles O. Jones September 20, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

            Funny, nothing much in that EDITORIAL about the nearly 2 billion Pete Wilson stole from the pension fund. That definitely shows the political bias of the writer. Any description of CalPERS’ history without highlighting Pete’s greedy fingers and the subsequent voter response with proposition 162 is a far cry from objective reporting.

      • Nomo September 20, 2015 at 6:30 am #

        Agree 200%
        The average cop will get back 100% of his/her career pension contribution within the first three years of retirement.

        Do the math. The numbers never Lie.

        The pension system in calif. Has unfunded obligations of over 60 Billion Dollars $$$$

  43. John Jeffrey's September 18, 2015 at 7:59 pm #

    I would imagine if it came to this for 75% of the patrol officers something is definitely wrong! I would also imagine these 7 officers would not publicly critize their chief and fellow co-workers unless this was true. Seems like specific, detailed information that would be hard to make for the imaginary eye!! Sounds like another LEO agency up the hill. Or and old LEO agency that rolled down the hill into a new position. Good luck to this meas

  44. bishoplocal September 18, 2015 at 7:49 pm #

    Or is it funny the chief is on vacation after this came out???? Who is the newley promoted Sgt with morals and ethics issues????(

  45. Zena Bradley September 18, 2015 at 6:02 pm #

    It seems that Bishop people want a well run town but what they really want is no leaders. The lady at the fair, the police chief, the newspaper lady, the hospital lady. I would not be a leader in Bishop. People need to wake up, the inmates cannot run the asylum.

  46. Low-Inyo September 18, 2015 at 5:02 pm #

    Just read the text to the letter….WOW !!!!!

  47. mtngal September 18, 2015 at 4:12 pm #

    It’s interesting that this comes to light while the Chief is on vacation.

  48. Trouble September 18, 2015 at 3:48 pm #

    This ought to give our city council something to do.

  49. Presto September 18, 2015 at 3:15 pm #

    They don’t like being bullied or threatened. Neither do the citizens. Turn about is fair play.

  50. High Water September 18, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

    It’s a little late for the no confidence letter isnt?

    Why wait till he’s a couple of weeks till retirement? Why didn’t they come forward when they knew?

    • liberty lover September 19, 2015 at 1:03 pm #

      If you took the time to read the ‘No Confidence’ letter, you would catch on that the Chief is supposed to be on the panel who will be selecting the next lieutenant. If the favored officer in question is eligible for that position, I can definitely see how the others would be blowing the whistle now. Would they want to be working under that lieutenant for the rest of their careers? The officers who signed that letter are taking a risk speaking out regardless of timing. It takes more courage to speak out and speak truth than to remain silent.

  51. John September 18, 2015 at 2:33 pm #

    oh boy I don’t see this going anywhere good.

    The Country is screwed up I’d retire if I was him too. To hec with this political bs, move to Idaho and enjoy retirement.

    I’ve never had a bad experience dealing with a Bishop P.D. officer. The officer that let me off with a warning was right out of a scene from SuperTroopers.

    Good LEO’s for sure!

  52. Jara Halfen September 18, 2015 at 1:57 pm #

    Wow. Chief Carter, along with his family, is one of the most upstanding people I have ever met. This letter sounds bitter and petty and like sour grapes. Why on earth would a group of people try to ruin someone’s good name and record of success for 10+ years in Bishop after he announced his retirement? Grow up.

    • What the September 18, 2015 at 7:58 pm #

      By reading the letter, worried about the hiring of a chief or Lieutenant, seems a pretty good reason to put a stop to these shenanigans. The chief could be a good man but obviously not a good boss.

      • Rhonda September 19, 2015 at 8:29 am #

        By who’s standards? Did you personally work for him? I know some of the officers that signed that letter have been under investigation. They sound upset that they were not given the promotion. They sound like self serving children not grown men that are supposed to keep our community safe. There is a lot more to this story and why did they wait until he was on vacation out of state to release this?

        • daron September 19, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

          I must be missing the part were they sound upset at the promotion. They sound concerned about the department and the community. I bet there is a lot more to the story about the promotion because there was not a lot stated about it. Nor did I see or read were the chief is out of the country. Strange you know that if you do. Boy it sure sounds like this is coming from a good ole boy

        • Bishop September 19, 2015 at 4:58 pm #

          Do you work at the PD Rhonda? I have known some of these boys since they were little. I know that they wouldn’t want their name attached to something so big if it was not true. I support these 7 men and what they are standing up for. Sounds like you are a little bitter. I also know who did get the promotion as sergeant and could 100% understand why that is upsetting. Their is a lack of morals and ethics going on and they are fighting the good fight. My Family will back these 7 great men until the end. Makes me sick that this is going on and to read negative comments about our Officers.

        • Get Smart September 19, 2015 at 5:41 pm #

          Rhonda, I suspect that the timing of the release of the letter had to do with denying Chief Carter the ability to instantly retaliate against the employees who signed the letter, as soon as it came out. This gives them time to speak with the City Manager, and very likely Council Members in closed session, prior to Chief Carter ordering them not to do so. Often times the first story that is heard is the one that counts the most. The “Firstest with the Mostest” as Natahan Bedford Forest said.

          They will also have time to consult with their PORAC legal counsel. It is simply good tactics when a decision to move forward with the letter like this is made and they believe that the Chief has the ear of the City Manager and Council Members and he will give his side of the story before they can give their side.

          This shows that the Officers and Sergeants have some understanding of how to fight a political battle.

          The next steps may include a Grand Jury complaint filed by the officers and a official Personnel Complaint filed with the city against Chief Carter. The city would be required to investigate the complaint and the investigation would have to be done from the outside to be credible.

          This letter is just the start of things in my opinion.

        • Concerned September 19, 2015 at 7:57 pm #

          @Rhonda if it were about jealousy then why would the other two Sergeants sign this letter? What would they have to be jealous of? Obviously that’s not what this is all about. Standing up for what is right is not childish, it’s COURAGEOUS!

          • Trouble September 20, 2015 at 6:17 pm #

            I would hardly call what they are doing Courageous.

    • Robert P September 21, 2015 at 4:13 am #

      Officer Nolan should RUN to his attorney. These officers may have just signed their own bankruptcies and made him a wealthy man by maliciously violating his rights. According to the Peace Officers Bill of Rights: 3309.5 e) In addition to the extraordinary relief afforded by this chapter, upon a finding by a superior court that a public safety department, its employees, agents, or assigns, with respect to acts taken within the scope of employment, maliciously violated any provision of this chapter with the intent to injure the public safety officer, the public safety department shall, for each and every violation, be liable for a civil penalty not to exceed twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) to be awarded to the public safety officer whose right or protection was denied and for reasonable attorney’s fees as may be determined by the court. If the court so finds, and there is sufficient evidence to establish actual damages suffered by the officer whose right or protection was denied, the public safety department shall also be liable for the amount of the actual damages. Notwithstanding these provisions, a public safety department may not be required to indemnify a contractor for the contractor’s liability pursuant to this subdivision if there is, within the contract between the public safety department and the contractor, a “hold harmless” or similar provision that protects the public safety department from liability for the actions of the contractor. An individual shall not be liable for any act for which a public safety department is liable under this section.

      Do the math: $25,000 for each reader of this and any other paper where this was printed. Then multiply that by seven for each officer who signed their name to the bottom of the letter to maliciously damage Officer Nolan…

  53. BJA September 18, 2015 at 1:54 pm #

    Wow… was Sgt Nolan at the fair this year or was he too busy sending pictures to fellow employees?

  54. Wondering September 18, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

    This is interesting to me, if he’s retiring in a couple weeks why do this? Make a point?

    • bishoplocal September 18, 2015 at 7:43 pm #

      Yes the Chief of Police is retiring at the end of the month, however he is going to continue as the Chief of Police until the position is filled. It is my understanding they have not begun their search.

    • Get Smart September 19, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

      The Chief of Police retiring at the end of the month means this;

      The Chief, with all his certificate/education pay on top of his base pay, probably makes over $11,000.00 a month. If he has 30 years in CalPers, he will receive at least 90% of his pay. If the BPD has the EMPC provision, which counts the city 9% contribution to CalPers as income for the final benefit, he will receive 98% of his pay from CalPers with COLAs.

      The Chief will start earning his CalPers income the day after he retires. It takes four to six months to hire a “head hunting” firm, advertise, narrow down applications and select the top applicants, conduct initial interviews, select the top three and do final interviews, conduct background interviews of the top applicants, then make a selection.

      All these months the current Chief will be making over $20,000.00 a month because he will be receiving his CalPers Retirement pay and his regular pay with no benefits, at the same time.

      It’s good to be the king!

      On the other hand, if you look at Mammoth Lakes, they started the Chief Recruitment process months before Chief Watson retired and the new Chief started about the time Chief Watson left.

      The Bishop method is the good ole boys taking care of their pal to the tune of about $50,000.00.

  55. Don smyth September 18, 2015 at 1:33 pm #

    Wowwwwww!!!! Great letter, sounds like an implosion at the local PD. I respect the seven officer’s who have had enough and are voicing their opinions. But as much as I respect their decisions to make this corruption public, I don’t envy them for the road they have in front of them. Good luck to the entire department, hopefully things will resolve themselves..


Leave a Reply

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