She served the City of Bishop briefly and admitted she had plans to move up to a Chief position in a larger city. Police Chief Kathleen Sheehan impressed some with her aggressive and high profile law enforcement style in Bishop. She left with accolades to take on the position of Chief in Port Hueneme where she made news this week when officials placed her on paid administrative leave.
The Ventura County Star website reports that the details of Sheehan’s apparent discipline are mostly secret. The story said she is the “second department head to run into trouble in the small community in the past two months. A city manager had resigned in October at the request of the City Council. The new manager said he couldn’t talk about Sheehan.
The Ventura Star reported that the former city manager “clashed with Sheehan” even though he hired her in 2010 from Bishop where she had worked as police chief for three years. The Star report says one point of conflict was a policy change that shifted authority to issue concealed weapons permits from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office to the Port Hueneme Police Chief.
Sheehan issued permits to the Mayor, a councilman and three police officers. For an unexplained reason, the city manager canceled the program.
All other officials have declined to comment saying it’s a “personnel matter.”