Added the story, “The ticket was eventually dismissed by the chief's office. In April, Yeatts had Asst. Chief Bob Burgreen dismiss a parking ticket he received while driving a Mercedes-Benz owned by the Smiths.”
According to the paper, Smith "said in an interview that he does not approve of asking police officials to dismiss tickets. 'I would suspect Bill probably feels the same way now,' Smith said. 'It probably puts forth an appearance of impropriety that none of us wants.’"
Kolender drew a hand-slap from then–city manager John Lockwood, who held that only a reprimand, not a fine or dismissal, was appropriate in light of the chief's behavior, which also included Kolender's use of policewoman Jeanne Taylor to drive his children to dental appointments and for other personal errands, accepting free Chargers season tickets, and V.I.P. gun transfers.
Predicted Lockwood: "When Chief Kolender passes away or retires, you know what they're going to write? 'Chief Kolender, who was publicly reprimanded in 1986 by the city manager for accepting gifts….’ They're going to be writing that forever."
In August 1988, Kolender stepped down as chief to go to work for Helen Copley at the Union-Tribune. The decline in newspapers had already started, but U-T staffers were threatening to strike for higher wages and better working conditions. Copley wanted to slash expenses and needed law-enforcement muscle to keep the staffers in their place.
By late 1989, the dispute had grown so heated that reporters showed up at a synagogue in Solana Beach to hand out anti-Copley leaflets at a banquet where Kolender was being feted.
He returned the favor in late December, taking up a post at a door of the newspaper’s Mission Valley headquarters as workers exited on the eve of a threatened walk-out.
"As the midnight strike deadline approached Friday, Kolender, now a high-level assistant to the U-T publisher, positioned himself at the turnstile that employees use to leave the building," reported the Los Angeles Times in a December 27 account of the incident.
"Kolender checked to see if anyone was carting off company property. Among other things, he seized a Rolodex from Union reporter Joe Gandelman."
The story added, "Gandelman says he told Kolender that the Rolodex had been privately purchased. Kolender told a television reporter that he thought Gandelman said the Rolodex belonged to the company."
The next day, two Copley editors called Gandelman to say his Rolodex would be "returned immediately and that he can do with it as he wishes," the Times reported.
Besides handling rowdy reporters, Kolender was paid big money to keep an eye on David Copley, the publisher's son, who was leading an out-of-control life of drinking and related debauchery at Foxhole, his luxury residential complex in La Jolla.
Copley had been repeatedly arrested for driving under the influence, landing him in a county work camp for a series of weekends.
It was said that Kolender, a hard partier himself, was intended by Helen Copley to become the father figure that David, conceived out of wedlock by Helen and adopted at age 13 by her second husband Jim Copley, never had.
With backing from Copley and her friends in San Diego's GOP establishment, Kolender was elected sheriff in June 1994, beating conservative Republican incumbent Jim Roache.
Kolender's long goodbye to San Diego began when he resigned during his fifth term in April 2009, clearing the way for hand-picked successor and big-money establishment favorite Bill Gore to be appointed sheriff by the county board of supervisors, as urged by the Union-Tribune.