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PCC police chief steps down; interim replacement picked

In the wake of the sudden resignation of Pima Community College's chief of police, the school appointed a temporary head of the force Friday afternoon.

Stella Bay submitted her resignation this week after seven years as head of the college law enforcement agency.

Filling in as acting chief will be Manny Amado, college finance and administration head David Bea said Friday.

Amado has been the college force's second-in-command for nine years, and has served with PCC's police for 17 of his 25 years in law enforcement, Bea said.

Bay told college officials Tuesday that she would resign. Her move follows complaints about her leadership from members of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the union representing campus officers.

"The majority of PCC officers have no faith in Chief Bay," said a June 7 letter to the college from Matthew Cline, executive director of AFSCME Local 449.

Cline, who could not immediately be reached for comment, wrote that Bay was responsible for an "increasingly hostile work environment."

Bay's retirement, effective Friday, comes after 38 years in law enforcement, 31 of which were with the Tucson Police Department.

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The PCC police force has 38 full-time and 22 part-time employees.

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Jun 21, 2013, 9:09 pm
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I wont name names here (if they want to come out publicly with this,they can), but speaking as a former PCC employee I know of at least two officers that were denied promotions to Sergeant despite a lot of time in, dedicated service, and excellent reputations amongst the PCC community. As I understand it, that mistreatment drove at least one of those officers to retire early, which would have been a grave disservice to PCC as he was a valued colleague.

It is sad that the cronyism that plagued PCC knew no bounds, and even infected its Police Department.

However, all this said, I’m not going to bash Stella Bay. She’s doing the right thing here, and the Flores Board can learn from her example. If a majority of those under you have expressed that they have no confidence in you, then you have no authority regardless of whatever body supposedly granted you that authority.

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