Chief Rob Handy
Huntington Beach Police Chief Rob Handy. Photo: City of Huntington Beach

Even though he’s had a rough year, Huntington Beach Police Chief Robert Handy‘s contract has been extended for five years, and he received a 2 percent raise.

In the past 12 months, he has endured calls for his removal by both his department’s Police Officers Association and Police Management Association, the Orange County Register reported. The city has also seen an uptick in violent crime in the past year and a recently commissioned report cited “deep divisions” in the department, according to the newspaper.

But the City Council nonetheless showed its support of the chief, voting 6-1 Tuesday to extend Handy’s contract for five years through 2023, the Register reported. He’ll earn $221,124 this year, a 2 percent raise from last year.

In acknowledging a recent report by Management Partners, released earlier this month, the new contract was offered to “ensure the successful implementation of the 16 recommendations” in the report and “development of a five-year Strategic Plan for the department,” the Registr reported. The report laid out a set of suggestions to improve communication between leadership and the officers and the union.

—City News Service

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