Huntington Beach

A five-year extension for Chief Hardy?

HUNTINGTON BEACH Police Chief Rob Handy (City of HB photo).

A proposal to give a five-year extension to the contract of embattled Police Chief Rob Handy goes before the Huntington Beach City Council when it meets on Tuesday evening.

Handy, first hired to run the city police department, has been the subject of ongoing criticism from employee organizations within the police department, claiming he has lowered morale and alienated officers.

His defenders on the city council and elsewhere argue that Handy has been an effective leader and has improved community-police relations.

The proposed updated “Employment Agreement” would extend Handy’s tenure through 2023. Also in the agreement is a change in the severance pay provision from three months to nine months. His salary will be $221,124.80 annually.

Also on the agenda is a request from Councilman Willam “Bill” O’Connell to pass a resolution in opposition to President Donald Trump’s plan to open waters off Huntington Beach to new drilling for petroleum, and lifting moratoriums on other related work.

In his letter to the council, O’Connell said, “it is our duty to protect the long-term viability of our treasured beaches and wetlands.”

The council meets in its chambers in the civic center at 2000 Main St. (at Yorktown Avenue) at 6 p.m.

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