UPDATE: South Pas Police Chief Resigns

Joe Payne worked for the South Pasadena Police Department for more than 30 years when he retired the first time, back in 2007.

Update 2:40 p.m.: Police Chief Joe Payne wrote in an email to Patch Monday afternoon that he and the city manager arrived at a separation agreement, and that he harbors no ill will toward the city. 

"This was mutually agreed upon with the city manager. He has the sole responsibility regarding my position as chief. I am an at-will employee and I respect his authority as city manager.

"He did not give me a specific reason, and I can only speculate as to how this came about. We have arrived at a separation agreement and I do not wish to speak ill of the city manager, the department, or the city. After 40 years on the department, I am proud of my service and what I’ve accomplished as chief. There is much more left to do, and I will work with the interim chief and future permanent chief to help implement some of the reform necessary,'' Payne said.

Earlier: South Pasadena Police Chief Joe Payne has submitted his resignation, City Manager Sergio Gonzalez told Patch on Monday. 

Payne, who held the top spot for less than three years, was not immediately available for comment. 

Gonzalez wrote in an email to Patch, "[Payne] will remain on the job until I have selected an interim police chief. I anticipate that we will have an interim chief for a few months because hiring a new permanent chief requires an extensive search and comprehensive selection process.''

Payne retired from the department in 2007 after 35 years on the job. Three years later, in September 2010, then-City Manager John Davidson appointed him chief of police. At the time, members of the public complained about the selection process and argued that former Chief Dan Watson had been driven out. Watson is now the Mammoth Lakes police chief.

During his brief retirement, Payne worked as a background investigator for the Los Angeles Police Department, according to a Pasadena Star News article

Check back on South Pas Patch as more information about the chief's departure becomes available. 

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Betty Jean January 29, 2013 at 02:53 PM
" Putnam was involved in a true backroom deal " Of course he was. A typical S. Pas self serving councilman.
teresa Shaw Sherman January 29, 2013 at 06:37 PM
I am proud to say that I have been a resident of South Pasadena since 1978. I, like my husband, Bill and our three sons, Daniel Matthew and Jonathan have been active volunteers. Volunteer means giving back to the Community and school system in which you live. I can say that about all our City Council members as well as our Police Chief Joe Payne. I believe in honesty and integrity and truth. If Joe Payne retired or now I hear fired (???) is there an underlying motive to this present situation. We as citizens, community leaders and volunteers wish good health and happiness to our fellow residents. Chief Payne, Thank you, for the hours you have given to South Pasadena. Enjoy your retirement. Please do not put yourself in a position of "backroom city politics" that will tarnish your record as police officer, community volunteer and neighbor
Bobbie Nansen January 29, 2013 at 11:33 PM
Maybe Payne's departure is a sign of that Putnam's stronghold on the city council is weakening. Putnam wrote the book on "backroom deals." And, unfortunately, Putnam and the rest of the city council, keep tromping on our rights. The City Council also needs to find another City Attorney, not one who is more interested in his firm's billings and tells the city council what they want to hear. Let's have some honesty and real transparency in the city council.
Robert Joe January 30, 2013 at 12:19 AM
The comment made by BOBJOE was not made by me. I do not know who wrote those comments, but those comments are not mines. Councilmember Bob Joe
Bobbie Nansen January 30, 2013 at 03:35 AM
To Patch Readers, I apologize for the misunderstanding regarding Councilmember Bob Joe. I had absolutely no attention of anyone thinking that I am Councilmember Bob Joe. I will change my name to JOEBOB.


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