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Top Cop Support For Zellerbach Drops

May 22, 2014 by Richard K. De Atley

Law enforcement leaders across the county, including Sheriff Stan Sniff, have withdrawn their endorsements for District Attorney Paul Zellerbach in the wake of Indio police  recommending six criminal charges be filed against Zellerbach in a campaign-sign tampering case.

Two of the requested charges, embezzlement and theft of public funds,  are felonies. Zellerbach has said he has the “utmost faith” that the state Attorney General’s office will “conclude no crime was committed.”

As of Thursday afternoon,  Zellerbach’s campaign website listed only one active police chief,  Hemet’s David Brown, as endorsing him.

Along with Sniff’s name, gone from the list are chiefs of police from Beaumont, Blythe, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Indio, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Palm Springs, San Jacinto, and Temecula.

Zellerbach had announced their support in a Feb. 27 news release. Also gone from the list was the endorsement of the California Police Chiefs Association.

On Wednesday, Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, a State Senate candidate, withdrew his support of  Zellerbach.

“While Mr. Zellerbach has done excellent work on behalf of the County and its citizens over the past three years, the allegations against him are serious enough to cause concern,” Stone said in a statement.

Zellerbach and his campaign did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

Indio Police Chief Richard Twiss disappeared from Zellerbach’s endorsement site a short time after his detectives began investigating a complaint that Zellerbach had pushed over campaign sign of his opponent, Mike Hestrin while putting up one of his signs at an Indio intersection.

Zellerbach at the time explained  he accidentally knocked the sign over. Hestrin said the sign had been set in post holes to stay up in desert winds and would have been difficult to knock  over casually.

Zellerbach and an aide were also using a county-issued car at the time of the April 23 incident. Zellerbach wrote a check to repay the county.

The other charges sought by Indio police against Zellerbach include petty theft, vandalism under $400, trespassing to place unauthorized signs, and trespassing with intent to cause damage, all misdemeanors.


Roberto May 26, 2014 at 10:27 AM
Libi, the problem with all the allegations, innuendos and saber rattling is that it's all being done to oust our elected District Attorney in order to go back to the overcharging, lying, investigation negelect of real cases, lack of child support enforcement and support of white collar crime. These corrupt Deputy District Attorney Union employeeys need to be terminated as we the taxpayers are being fleeced by those who put their self serving interest over ours.
Rae Anne Resident May 26, 2014 at 10:29 AM
Roberto is wright. its railroad country all over again and thats why we need Hestrin as sooner possibles.
Roberto May 27, 2014 at 09:38 PM
The real estate agent and the slum lord,,,been a while shit howdy!
Rae Anne Resident May 27, 2014 at 09:53 PM
It is all ways good to see brother Roberto. I dont no why nefew JordyGilLER dont just keepered that password bookmarkered so he dont lose it so offen.

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