Cha-Ching: Anaheim Settling Hostile Workplace Claim By Now-Retired Police Chief Raul Quezada for $750,000

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Anaheim taxpayers will pay newly-retired Police Chief Raul Quezada $750,000 to settle the hostile workplace claim he filed this summer, as part of his retirement package.

In August of this year, the Anaheim Police Association – which represents rank-and-file officers – overwhelmingly voted “no confidence” in Quezada. The chief subsequently filed his complaint accusing other sworn and civilian city staff of undermining his authority, spreading rumors about his personal life and making work “intolerable.”

The Tait-Moreno council majority maintained its loyalty to Quezada, but the coup de grace came earlier this week when the Anaheim Police Management Association – which represents the departments 25 lieutenants and captains – also expressed it had no confidence in the chief and called for his exit and replacement with Deputy Chief Julian Harvey. It’s impossible to lead a police force under those circumstances, and Quezada retired on Monday.

As part of the $750,000 settlement, neither the city nor Quezada admit any fault, and Quezada forswears any further claims against or right to employment with Anaheim. $250,000 is in response to the former chief’s claim of economic harm, and $500,000 is for other damages and legal fees.


  1. He can buy a lot of Play-doh with that and it’s non toxic unlike his job!

  2. Unbelievable. He wasn’t good at his job and gets a big fat payout on taxpayer dime.

  3. So who wants to bet the Chief, who is still young, picks up a cush job at a “parks” or “Transit” agency, pulling down another $350,000. per year as “CHIEF”, padding his already ridiculous pension.

    Anaheim is simply poorly managed. Tait has been an abysmal failure.

  4. Nothing to add. Really nothing for anyone to say.

  5. Does anyone suspect an unholy alliance between the police and personal injury attorneys? I mean, tort damages and legal fees seem to be an ideal vehicle to launder money for all kinds of purposes. Obviously, this is just a suspicion and it does not necessarily reflect my opinions, but the pontential for graft is significant enough to warrant adequate policing, in this case, policing of the police and the Bar. And it really is not just the exchange of possibility illicit money that should concern a reasonable person.

  6. It’s at this point, Matt, that I have to ask: “have you (and your commenters) no shane?”

    Seriously: look at the rapid progression of the last few comments above and at LEAST give your commenters (anonymous and otherwise) some feedback on whether you think that they’re using your blog for purposes that you intended.

    Act like you own the place and care what happens here! This is sick.

    • Greg: I don’t hover over this blog 24/7 monitoring comments. I agree those comments were over the line and have removed them, but I can do without your public tut-tutting and faux moral superiority. For example, you routinely allow Ricardo Toro to drag me into things with which I have nothing to do. And then there’s Cynthia Ward’s crazy theory that my activism regarding the homeless encampments is part of a giant conspiracy to siphon millions from the County into the pockets of developers. Cynthia’s allegations are baseless, spiteful and literally insane – yet you allow it to live on your blog.

      People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, Greg.

      • I think this is a great time for Greg, among others, to come clean as to who makes editorial decisions at the, for lack of a better word, prominent local blogs. Say what you like about this platform, but it’s purpose is nonetheless clear on some level. Can the same be said for OJ Blog? Based on my personal experience, I highly suspect outside influence on, for lack of a better word, editorial decisions. Does Greg have any heretofore undisclosed relationship with any current or prospective office holders or institutions? I think Greg, obviously the man in charge at OJ Blog should tell everyone how the platform works in his own words.

  7. This is all Gumby and Pokey to me!

  8. The city settled with Quezada because he must have something on them. Why else he knows where the skeletons are. What an awful group of leaders we have. They deserve to be exposed.

  9. Nice to know the city of Anaheim is rich enough to throw around that kind of money. Yet, surprisingly, there is just never quite enough for west Anaheim. Thanks ALOT.

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