PURPOSE OF PETITION:
The City Council recently requested that Chief Kathleen Sheehan give her letter of resignation. It wasn't until Dec. 3 when the public became aware that Sheehan had resigned — amid allegations of improper behavior related to information provided to the former City Manager. The city's attorney stated that the city is not at liberty to explain the details of Chief Sheehan's departure; however, the City is complying with the “Brown Act."
The Brown Act, the Legislature finds and declares that the public commissions, boards and councils and the other public agencies in this State exist to aid in the conduct of the people's business. It is the intent of the law that their actions be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly. The people of this State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created.
In the agreement between the City of Port Hueneme and Chief Sheehan, both parties agreed not to discuss the Chiefs resignation. Chief Sheehan has not been able to give details regarding her resignation, but stated ,"I've signed an agreement and I've got to keep my word. I would love to tell my side of the story." Sheehan reiterated, "If the truth ever comes to light, people will see I've done nothing wrong, but I can't talk."
At the Dec. 17, 2012 City Council meeting, the Port Hueneme community echoed that the actions of the City Council was not fair, and unanimously requested that the city council strongly reconsider their decision and reinstate Chief Kathleen Sheehan to her position.
We firmly believe that Chief Sheehan's civil rights were violated. Join us and send a message to the council that this is not acceptable. Sign this petition to get Chief Sheehan reinstated to her position.