Family to police chief, not from the area and no HR experience.
Elizabeth Schalau, a recent transplant from Myers’ home state of Michigan, is acting as Pacific Grove’s sole human resources analyst under a $25,000, 12-week, no-bid contract. Schalau is Myers’ sister-in-law, despite contract language barring awards to “immediate family” of city employees.
Schalau resigned from her job in Michigan to take the position in Pacific Grove, and the city gave her $5,000 to help find housing here. The total value of the contract is below the level that would trigger City Council review.
Schalau has no direct human resources experience, though she said she has management expertise.
P.G. Hiring Process
Morro Bay chief Amy Christey takes the hot seat at PGPD.
“Chief Christey’s hands-on approach to community policing, her emphasis on customer service, her understanding of the needs of a small-town coastal community and her track record as a team player makes her a terrific fit for our Police Department, the municipal organization and the community,” Harvey said.
Vicki Myers served as Pacific Grove’s police chief before Belcher took over on an interim basis in December 2015. She served in a dual role as chief of Pacific Grove and Seaside from 2012 until Pacific Grove terminated its contract with Seaside pertaining to Myers running its police department in September 2015 and gave her a 90-day notice.
Tom Frutchey, who has since left his role as Pacific Grove city manager, told The Herald last year that the split was fairly amicable. He cited two “no-confidence” votes by the Pacific Grove police union and a citywide survey that found residents would like to keep its own separate police department as reasons for the city moving on from Myers.
New PG Police Chief Chosen
Was it too quiet for Vicki in Pacific Grove?
After three years as police chief for both Pacific Grove and Seaside, Chief Vicki Myers is stepping down as top cop in Pacific Grove so that she can devote her full attention to Seaside.
Myers made this decision about a month after both city’s police officer associations voted that they have no confidence in her.
When we asked Myers about the votes of no confidence, she said it was one of the many reasons she is switching to solely focus on Seaside.
Shared Police Chief Quits P.G.
Filling in for cops that left for greener beats. Does no one see the point of being a cop in P.G. is not the same as being a cop in say, Watsonville and notice that it’s a good thing?
Cassie McSorley, who retired last July from the Salinas department after 30 years in law enforcement, has taken the job on a full-time but temporary basis while Pacific Grove searches for a permanent hire.
McSorley said she was “very much enjoying” her retirement but wanted to help out. “I thought what the heck, Pacific Grove is a great city.”
With its beautiful shoreline and a much lower crime rate than Salinas, McSorley said she’s enjoying the change.
Retired Police Brought In To Fill Vacancies