Fullerton may have to produce records that could show why former City Manager Joe Felz didn’t get arrested for driving under the influence following his 2016 election night car crash after a lawsuit demanding those records, along with numerous others, was filed by local resident Joshua Ferguson.
The Fullerton Police Department is facing at least two controversies: its police chief is on paid leave after an alleged fight at a late August concert and, separately, a former sergeant was charged with falsifying a 2016 police report.
Former Fullerton City Manager Joe Felz pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of reckless driving involving alcohol that stems from his 2016 election night car crash when he ran it up a curb, over a tree and attempted to drive off on a flat tire.
County Counsel Leon Page said Tom Conklin and Abraham Santos’ claims of wrongdoing were found to be false in an independent investigation. Their attorney disputes the investigation and says his clients will be filing suit.
Joe Felz, who has been leave since he crashed his car after drinking on election night, will retire at the end of the month, according to a letter Councilwoman Jennifer Fitzgerald read during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.
It’s been four weeks since Fullerton City Manager Joe Felz’ car crash in the wee hours of Nov. 9, and Felz remains on paid leave while the police are continuing what has become a mysterious investigation into the incident.
“We’re completely in the dark,” said Councilman Bruce Whitaker regarding the investigation into City Manager Joe Felz’s accident in a residential neighborhood during the wee hours of Nov. 9 after he had been drinking at election night parties.