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Manny Guaderrama, the longtime San Diego police captain who was set to become police chief of the Central California wine country town of Paso Robles, has bowed out in the wake of controversy over alleged preferential treatment of his son in an alleged drunken incident here.

According to a report posted online today by CalCoastNews.com, Guaderrama's hiring had been "conditionally approved" last month by Paso Robles officials, but he withdrew from consideration yesterday "citing personal matters."

In October, 23-year-old Alex Guaderrama was charged with multiple counts of sexual battery and assault regarding an drunken incident at a Pacific Beach taco shop in which he allegedly grabbed a woman's breast and punched another.

Instead of being jailed, he was reportedly treated by police for minor injuries and ferried home to his mother in La Mesa.

Central Coast TV station KCOY reported that the city of Paso Robles said a search for another candidate would soon begin:

"Avery Associates will start doing the interview process, fortunately for the city the contract reads that we will not be charged," said Mayor Duane Picanco. The first search process cost the city roughly 19-thousand dollars and during the past year 60 applicants were interviewed.

"I would expect there will be a majority of new candidates, additional candidates," said Mayor Picanco. Although the city is sad to see Guaderrama go, they are confident they will find the right, new top cop. "I know he was capable, I know he was qualified, he is a good man, but I'm sure we can find another one," said Mayor Picanco.

As we noted back in July, among other police roles in San Diego, Guaderrama was lobbied by Marco Polo Cortes on behalf of the Greyhound bus company “regarding traffic control during events at Petco Park.”

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JustWondering Jan. 4, 2013 @ 11:46 p.m.

Paso Robles just dodged a bullet, too bad they don't realize how lucky there are.

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Visduh Jan. 5, 2013 @ 7:31 p.m.

I'm dating myself, but in the late 50's there was a TV series called "The Adventures of Dobie Gillis". The lead character was a high-schooler of that name whose father was a hard-working grocery store owner. Old Dad was often the foil of some misadventure of the son, and at the end of many episodes the old man was shown muttering "I'm gonna kill that boy." I suspect that Manny is in that spot right now. The dumb kid just sank dad's next career step, and may have rendered Manny unemployable in any other police force in the state or the country for good.

Maybe this will point out to the SDPD cops that coverups don't work. They covered for Arrevalos many times, and now he's doing hard felony time, the city is out millions, and for what? Nah. For this one time they got caught, there were ten or twenty or fifty or a hundred similar cases of preferential treatment that went undetected, unreported, and untreated.

Well, Mayor Bob, whatcha gonna do to stop this abuse? We are curious.

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Burwell Jan. 5, 2013 @ 8:46 p.m.

Maynard G. Krebs has been appointed Chief in Paso Robles.

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Visduh Jan. 6, 2013 @ 8:24 p.m.

He might be a better choice than Manny. Unfortunately, Bob Denver who played Maynard and Gilligan (Gilligan's Island) passed away a few years back. Make you feel old? Does for me.

My question for the new "Mare" still stands. Whatcha gonna do to stop this abuse? Inquiring minds want to know.

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