Ex-BPD Chief Chris Carter exonerated on most allegations

The City of Bishop issued a press release Wednesday afternoon on the Bishop Police Department investigation into allegations against then and now former Police Chief Chris Carter. The release was signed by Bishop City attorney Ryan Jones.

Chris Carter

Chris Carter

In part, the press release states, “The Final Report determined that all of the allegations against Councilman Joe Pecsi, and City Administrator Jim Tatum were UNFOUNDED. (UNFOUNDED means the investigation conclusively proved that the act or acts complained of did not occur, or the members named in the allegation were not involved in the act or acts). The Final Report also determined that with two exceptions all allegations against Chief Chris Carter were either UNFOUNDED or EXONERATED. (EXONERATED means the act or acts, which provided the basis for the allegations occurred, however, the investigation revealed they were justified, lawful, and proper). The allegation that Chief Chris Carter had on two occasions used inappropriate language in dealing with police officers was SUSTAINED. (SUSTAINED means the investigation disclosed sufficient evidence to prove the allegation). The additional allegation that Chief Chris Carter failed to facilitate firearms qualifications to all sworn personnel on a quarterly basis as required by policy was also SUSTAINED. With respect to the firearms qualification allegation, the Bishop Police Department is taking steps to ensure policy compliance. It is with the permission of Chief Carter, Jim Tatum, and Joe Pecsi that the findings noted above have been disclosed.”

The complete press release from the City of Bishop is linked below, as are the Sierra Wave Media published stories, the “Letter of No Confidence in Bishop Police Chief Chris Carter” and Chief Carter’s response.


March 9, 2016 City of Bishop – Press Release


Bishop Police officers issue ‘Letter of No Confidence’ in Chief Carter


BPD Chief Chris Carter responds to ‘smear campaign’


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10 Responses to Ex-BPD Chief Chris Carter exonerated on most allegations

  1. B. Simpson March 9, 2016 at 8:33 pm #

    Imagine that!! Wouldn’t have expected anything else. Three city officials in the scope of scrutiny! Hmmm let’s allow them to hire their own private investigator to conduct an “investigation” into the complaints on themselves. Seems like a waste of money to me. Funny, I wonder if all the interviewees got to say their peace at the golf course like the old boss man… Very little, (smart) press release from the city.. Still a whole lot of unanswered questions into the other allegations. Hope the grand jury picks up where the investigator never started..

  2. Really March 9, 2016 at 8:37 pm #

    Did anyone really believe that the city would pay for a lawyer to come in and investigate their wrong doings and then report the TRUE findings?? I sure as heck didn’t

  3. Nomo March 10, 2016 at 6:45 am #

    Enjoy your retirement and your pension

  4. Bone March 10, 2016 at 10:53 am #

    Bull S–t !!!!! I dont believe it. Another cover up. There is no way the seven officers stepped up with the letter and all major charges were not true. Yes they were investigated as possible legal or court charges and probably could not prove these things happened in court but is there a shadow of doubt that most is true? Of course it is. Just the same as the courts cant prove that Lt. Marsh did not know his wife was a thief and cant charge him. The good ole boy club strikes again and the tax payers get screwed,

  5. Curley March 10, 2016 at 10:53 am #

    I, as well as the Grand Jury, look forward to seeing the investigators report. Finding most of the allegations unfounded just raises more questions as to how thorough this investigation was done. The Chief covering for the officer who sent pictures of his private parts was unfounded?
    The City administration got what they paid for in this report. How much or how little did they spend? Was every allegation questioned and/or even verified? Was all the paperwork given to the investigator in a timely manner? Were all the officers and administrators thoroughly questioned and if so, how long were they questioned?
    Only the full report will answer some of these questions and more. I hope the Grand Jury looks at this investigation very closely.

  6. Timber March 10, 2016 at 11:15 am #

    Is theCity of Bishop going to pay for an investigation that would expose them to libilty? I wouldnt!

  7. Respect for BPD March 10, 2016 at 1:13 pm #

    Bye bye Chief Carter. I don’t care what this report says. When more than half of your staff doesn’t trust or respect you and feels betrayed by you; there is a problem and you are it. Respect to the officers that spoke up!

  8. Rick OB March 10, 2016 at 10:15 pm #

    Looks like the general consensus is pretty much 50/50 on this one …I’m gonna pass.

  9. Wade March 13, 2016 at 2:02 pm #

    So the city spends $21,000 only to find out that cops cuss at each other.

  10. Zena Bradley March 18, 2016 at 12:31 pm #

    This is a hateful place to be a leader. GOOD luck Chris.


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