Chief Steve Gesell placed on paid administrative leave last week
It appears that San Luis Obispo's Police Chief Steve Gesell is out as the City's top cop.
The San Luis Obispo City Council convened a special meeting Tuesday afternoon and went into closed session to discuss labor related issues and anticipated litigation involving a city employee, believed to be Chief Gesell.
There was no public comment before the closed session began except from a representative of a Pismo Beach law firm who presented the City Council and City staff with documents on behalf of Gesell and his attorney.
The City says it cannot reveal the reasons why it's terminating Gesell's
employment citing confidentiality rules for all city employees and Dietrick says the public may never know.
total compensation package is well above $200,000 a year including about $160,000 in base salary.
The City of San Luis Obispo has confirmed that SLO Police Chief Steve Gesell is on paid administrative leave.
The reasons behind the leave are unknown.
The City has released the following statement:
The City of San Luis Obispo has received several inquiries regarding the status of San Luis Obispo Police Chief Steve Gesell.
The purpose of this release is to confirm that Chief Gesell is on paid administrative leave for an indeterminate period of time.
City officials told KCOY that they will not further comment on the status of Chief Gesell, but will continue to release information as they are able to do so.
The San Luis Obispo City Council is expected to make an announcement on the future of Police Chief Steve Gesell after it meets in closed session at its regularly scheduled meeting next Tuesday.
Chief Gesell has come under greater scrutiny by City Hall recently involving his travel-related expenses and his reimbursements to the city.
also been questioned about the police response to the now infamous "St.