Should Police Chief Mike Sellers Resign?
By Robert Haugh
The Santa Clara Police Chief was in the spotlight last night — well, sort of. The 49ers said that Mike Sellers was responsible for enforcing the weeknight stadium curfew at the Coldplay concert.
But Sellers didn’t do anything to enforce the curfew. The Chief, who was at the stadium, stayed out of the public eye. He declined press interviews. And he wouldn’t answer curfew questions we emailed him prior to the concert.
Now, Mercury News columnist Scott Herhold is shining the light right in Sellers’ face. Herhold wrote on Wednesday that Sellers should step down because of his reaction to the $6.7 million police settlement for an injury caused by officers during an arrest and his general record of poor leadership.
Apparently, Sellers avoided Herhold, too, as he writes in his column:
I couldn’t reach Sellers for comment. But the most honorable course for him is to retire.
Between the $6.7 million settlement and the concert curfew, Sellers will have a lot to answer for in the coming weeks and months — if reporters or residents can find him.
Luckily, Sellers has a “Chat with the the Chief” coming up. It’s Monday, October 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Here’s what’s interesting. It’s being held at Santa Clara police headquarters. All the other chats were in more friendly, accessible and casual settings. We list them below.
We’ll try and make it. And maybe we’ll save a seat for Herhold and other reporters who need questions answered.
Chat with the Chief
|9/4/2013||Northside Police Substation|
|11/4/2013||Maywood Park Building|
|3/19/2014||Washington Open Elementary School|
|2/12/2015||Community Recreation Center|
|4/6/2015||Northside Branch Library|
|8/10/2015||Kona Kai Swim and Racquet Club|
|11/9/2015||Central Park Library|
|1/7/2016||Don Callejon School|
|1/11/2016||Kathryn Hughes Elementary School|
|5/23/2016||Westwood Elementary School|
|8/24/16||Bracher Elementary School|
|10/3/16||Northside Branch Library|
|11/3/16||Santa Clara University – Graham Hall|
|2/8/17||Central Park Library|
|4/26/17||Maywood Park Building|
|6/5/17||Montague Park Building|
|8/21/17||Northside Branch Library|