We believe, Captain Anthony Yoakum was wrongfully terminated after 29 years of service in law enforcement by Upland's former Chief of Police, Brian Johnson. Before his termination by Johnson, Yoakum was Second-In-Command and was In Charge of Operations for the Upland Police Department. On or about the 27th of October, 2017, there was a VOTE of “NO CONFIDENCE” in Chief Johnson's ability to lead the Police Force, by a vast majority of the sworn personnel, reaching 80% or more. Subsequently, Chief Brian Johnson, resigned from the Upland Police Department. 

Had Police Chief Brian Johnson, not terminated Captain Anthony Yoakum, then Captain Anthony Yoakum, would now be our Chief of Police in Upland, after the NO CONFIDENCE VOTE IN JOHNSON, by the sworn personnel of the Department. Therefore, we the Citizens of Upland, demand that our City Manager, Martin Thouvenell, reinstate Captain Anthony Yoakum to the Upland Police Department, where Anthony Yoakum can take his rightful place, as the acting Chief of Police for the City of Upland.

We also demand that our City Manager, Martin Thouvenell, reinstate Sergeant Marc Simpson, a 23-year Member of the Upland Police Department, who was Upland's Police Officer Management Association President, who was also terminated by former Police Chief, Brian Johnson.

As both Captain Yoakum and Sergeant Simpson, were put on administrative leave early this year by Johnson, after they backed other Officers at UPD, who did NOT think Johnson, would resolve the problems those Officers had with Johnson, and instead, they took their issues with Johnson, to our City Hall's staff, including the City’s Human Resource Director, rather than seeking to have the matter discussed within the confines of the Police Department’s Senior Staff. Which they believed, had little prospect of success, as do we.

And we the undersigned, DO NOT BELIEVE, that action is unforgivable and in fact, we would have done the exact same thing as Yoakum and Simpson, if faced with that decision.

Therefore, we, the Residents of Upland, California, demand the immediate reinstatement of both of those Officers, to our Upland Police Force, being Captain Anthony Yoakum and Sergeant Marc Simpson at once, to stabilize our Police Department and provide it with the necessary leadership, that it has lacked, for too long.

We believe, naming any other individual besides Anthony Yoakum, as our next Police Chief, will result in another VOTE ~ OF NO CONFIDENCE, by the sworn personnel of the Department and it will be an extravagant waste of both time and taxpayer's money, on the part of our City Manager, Martin Thouvenell.

Update #36 years ago
Update 11/6: At today's Council meeting to appoint an Interim Police Chief, who has been retired for the past 20 years, our City Clerk, Jeannette A. Vagnozzi, REFUSED TO READ OUR COMMENT LETTER, ABOUT THIS PETITION, AT THE PUBLIC HEARING! Also, the City DID NOT STREAM THEIR HEARING LIVE AT 1PM TODAY! A link to FB Group UCCC, is below, where our PROTEST LETTER can be READ! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1573173219655066/?multi_permalinks=1746726532299733¬if_id=1510004420575547¬if_t=like
Update #26 years ago
The Sun's, Brian Rokos, just got the 1st Interview about this story. And on Monday, November 6th, there's a Special Meeting of City Council at 1:00 pm to approve Douglas Millmore as our Interim Police Chief. And then, the Daily Bulletin on 11/2 reported City Manager Thouvenell said, "The city will be hiring an Interim Chief. Lt. Cliff Mathews will run the department until a new chief is hired." And a updated Signature & Comment list from this Petition, will be submitted to City Council on 11/6.
Update #16 years ago
The first 88 Signatures of this Petition, plus a Press Release, have just been emailed to all of the the below. Will be continue to allow this Petition to build in additional Signatures. Thank you all so very much.

Upland City Manager, Deputy City Manager, City Clerk, City Attorney, Human Resource Director, City Council Members, Daily Bulletin, SBC Sentinel, The San Bernardino Sun, In-Brief News, Inland Valley News Today, KSPA-AM, KTIE AM, KVCR-FM, Eyewitness News, CBS, Fox News & KVEA-TV;

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