Whether you’re a community member who thinks Andrews Mills has been great for Eureka or you’re like the Examiner staff who thinks he been wreaking havoc on local law enforcement, his campaign to replace himself as Police Chief with the despicable thug Brian Stephens ought to seriously grab your attention! Stephens, who has a very checkered past, is the guy Mills promoted from Sergeant to Captain shortly after he presided over the negligent killing of Tommy McClain.
The Examiner has been getting lots of tips from inside EPD about the abrupt departure of Mills to Santa Cruz. For the most part, officers have been happy to see Mills and his “used car salesman” leadership will be gone. However, looming large for everyone who’s reached out has been the view that Chief Mills is set on having Captain Brian Stephens take his place as interim chief.
On Wednesday, July 19th Mills will be having a somewhat odd “Going Away Reception”(?). There’s speculation at the Police Department that the “Reception” is going to be when Mills starts his full court press for his chosen successor, Captain Brian Stephens.
This should be a very scary thought for Eureka. Not the least of which was his very questionable leadership (or really lack thereof) in the Tommy McClain murder which the city was found liable in. We’ve said it before but Eureka can’t forget, if not for Stephens lack of leadership Tommy McClain would be alive today.
Previous post on this topic:
THE SAME SUSPECTS AND FAILED POLICIES THAT RESULTED IN THE WRONGFUL DEATH OF TOMMY MCCLAIN ARE AT THE CENTER OF TUESDAYS CRAZY SHOOTOUT!
TOMMY MCCLAIN: STILL WAITING FOR JUSTICE
But what does Eureka really know about Stephens? Not much is publicly known, most of the info we’ve been receiving is from officers on the inside who know about all the cover-ups that have gone on at EPD. Here’s some of the history from the information we’ve received about the lowlights of Stephens career:
Brian Stephens is a Southerner born in Kentucky, a conservative Christian who loves bourbon. After working as a military policeman, Stephens moved from Kentucky to start his career as a police officer. Stephens was hired at EPD in the late 90’s. Stephens was hired around the same time as another infamous EPD Officer, Rodrigo Sanchez. Within no time Stephens and Sanchez were BFF’s.
“We’re EPD and we kick ass”
The notorious Sanchez and Stephens’s team got quite a reputation on the street and within EPD. They were feared on the street by citizens and suspects because of their heavy handed tactics and abuse. They were liked by the “old guard” because they “kicked ass and took names”. To this day, Stephens and Sanchez are best friends and would do anything for each other, including always covering up for their routine excessive use of force.
When promoted to Captain, Stephens touted his time at the Drug Task Force and as a Field Training Officer. However, according to EPD employees, Stephens was in both those positions with a dark cloud around him. As an FTO, there were accusations that he had inappropriate relations with a female trainee. Along with that, Stephens was having sexual relations with a firefighter’s wife who caught Stephens in bed with his wife. The firefighter was apparently upset, and Stephens pulled out his gun and allegedly threatened the firefighter and even reportedly pistol whipped him. These incidents and others have been swept under the rug because of Stephens connections to the Old Guard at EPD (it should also be noted that the two officers at the center of the current Department of Justice investigation of the Coroner’s office, Frank Jager and then Dave Parris ran the detectives bureaus during Stephens early career).
After the alleged problems with female trainee’s and other people’s wives, Stephens was “promoted” to the Drug Task Force which consequently would keep him away from the female employees at EPD for awhile(kind like a priest getting moved to another parish). Stephens took part in seizing property from drug dealers, so it should be interesting to see he gets caught up in the Department of Justice investigation surrounding Coroners Department.
Since Stephens was promoted to Captain, EPD has lost approximately 70% of their senior patrol officers to other agencies, and many of those officers left because of Stephens poor treatment of those he supervises.
Hopefully, the City Manager and City Council will look into who would be the best fit for the interim Chief position at EPD. Mills wants as his parting gesture to promote a good ol’ boy from Dixieland, booze lovin’, bible thumpin’, gun pullin’ philanderer!
Is that what the citizens of Eureka want….we’d don’t think so!
Call or Email your council representative know as soon as possible to insist that Manager Greg Sparks block this move by Chief Mills
Marian Brady – 1st ward (707) 441-4169 firstname.lastname@example.org
Heidi Messner – 2nd Ward (707) 441-4168 email@example.com
Kim Bergel – Ward 3 (707) 441-4170 firstname.lastname@example.org
Austin Allison – Ward 4 (707) 441-4167 email@example.com
Natalie Arroyo – 5th Ward (707) 441-4171 firstname.lastname@example.org