Wednesday, May 30th, 2007 at 6:38 pm in Uncategorized.
Perhaps San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks and Undersheriff Carlos Bolanos can take comfort in knowing they’re not the only ones in hot water after their now infamous Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay excursion in April.
Munks and Bolanos may have been swept up in a raid at a brothel off the Vegas strip, but that Sin City weekend, it appears, may also have gotten the better of Oceanside Police Chief Frank McCoy (pictured here at his Jan. 2006 swearing-in, in this photo by Hayne Palmour IV of the North County Times).
The San Diego Union Tribune reported on May 23 that an anonymous letter given to the city alleged inappropriate behavior by the chief and possibly other officers during their department’s trip to the same race. Because it was a personnel matter, no specifics were offered up, but Interim City Manager Peter Weiss told the Tribune that an outside investigator was hired to look into whether the allegations have any merit.
Thirty five miles north of San Diego, Oceanside has a population of more than 173,000 and a police force of 280 employees and another 150 volunteers.
On May 24, a copy of the letter was left anonymously at the front desk at the Oceanside office of the North County Times, a newspaper that covers northern San Diego and southwest Riverside counties. According to the Times, the letter “does not allege that any laws were broken, but does say the chief received lap dances at a Las Vegas strip club and that those dances may have involved a female Oceanside officer.”
Greg Emerson, an attorney for the Oceanside Police Officers Association, told the Times that the letter contained “flat-out false statements and allegations.”
On April 24, Munks told reporters that he believed he was going to a legitimate business, and has refused to comment since.
Neither Munks nor Bolanos was arrested, but they were questioned and released along with paying customers in the April 21 sweep of nine houses of prostitution. A subsequent audit by the San Mateo County Controller found that the trip cost taxpayers almost $9,500, primarily from the use of 11 county vehicles. On May 19, we reported that all search warrants, arrest reports and documents related to the operation have been sealed by order of the Clark County District Court and the U.S. District Court of Nevada.
The 23rd annual 120-mile Baker to Vegas relay race drew 227 law enforcement teams from all over the country. We’re starting to wonder whether it’s more than just a hearty run that draws them there.
Previously: What happens next after what happened in Vegas?