Robert Handy


By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/25/13, 6:03 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Here’s what the city’s new police chief has to look forward to: The lowest morale within the Police Department in recent memory, dwindled staffing, political infighting, an FBI investigation into possible public corruption, bankruptcy and potential pension reforms.

So finding a taker for the city’s top cop spot, now that Police Chief Robert Handy has announced his departure, could be a challenge, observers said — at least a taker who doesn’t already know the department well.

Citing a constantly changing environment at City Hall due to toxic politics that he said permeated throughout the city to include its citizenry, Handy announced Thursday he was resigning to take a job as Huntington Beach’s police chief. He has recommended Assistant Chief Jarrod Burguan as his successor.

Burguan said Friday that he’s ready for the role.

“I’m pretty comfortable taking the reins of the organization as interim chief,” Burguan said.

Should the city opt to recruit a chief from outside the department, it shouldn’t have any trouble finding interested parties, he said. It’s just a matter of how qualified they would be.

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