I was recently informed that certain members of the Brawley City Council have publicly stated they would not support the appointment of Acting Chief of Police Henry Graham to the position of police chief. It is my understanding that certain City Council members, led by Mayor Wayne Johnson, have blamed the Brawley police administration for the recent "mass exodus" of police officers from the department.
I was appalled, but not surprised, to hear such statements being made in this newspaper. I would expect nothing less from Mayor Johnson. Prior to leaving the Police Department, Mayor Johnson made it clear as to his intentions of ousting the police administration should he be elected to the City Council. It seemed then, and still today, that Mayor Johnson blames those atop the Brawley Police Department for his less-than-stellar career.
I was shocked to hear certain members of the City Council backed Mayor Johnson. Having worked with Wayne Johnson, I am fully aware of how vindictive he can be. I recall then Sgt. Johnson ordering a probationary officer to cite an ambulance for a mechanical violation. This ambulance happened to be parked at the hospital. Sgt. Johnson was obviously reacting to the fact that his son had recently severed employment with the same ambulance company. What kind of cop has a working ambulance cited for a small infraction? It's the same guy that is running your city, Brawley.