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Lt. Dave Sears fired after mysterious internal investigation

  • In Novemeber of 2009 Petaluma Police Officer Clay Begrin took individual portraits of the personnel at the Petaluma Police Department

A longtime Petaluma police lieutenant has been fired after a two-month internal affairs investigation.

Lt. Dave Sears, who has been with the department for 14 years, was placed on paid administrative leave June 12. Details of the investigation have not been revealed.

Neither City Manager John Brown nor Police Chief Pat Williams could be reached Friday. City administrative offices are closed Fridays.

But other high-ranking sources within Petaluma City Hall confirmed Sears was fired by Brown at the end of the day Thursday, after which an email alerted City Council members.

Sears on Friday confirmed he had been dismissed. Reached at home, he would not discuss any allegations that led to his firing but vowed to appeal the decision.

"At this point all I can tell you is that we are disappointed it has come to this," Sears said.

It is unclear which department members led the internal investigation or whose decision it was ultimately to fire him.

Several City Council members contacted Friday declined to discuss the situation.

"The reasons for the action have not been shared with us, so we're in the dark as much as everyone else," said Councilman Mike Healy.

Mayor David Glass said it is a personnel matter that has "secrecies to it."

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