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Embattled Sweetwater police chief to announce retirement on Thursday

 
 
Sweetwater Police Chief Roberto Fulgueira departure comes as his department is in the midst of a wide-ranging investigation by state and federal agents examining allegations of both public corruption and civil rights violations by its officers.
Sweetwater Police Chief Roberto Fulgueira departure comes as his department is in the midst of a wide-ranging investigation by state and federal agents examining allegations of both public corruption and civil rights violations by its officers.
Roberto Koltun / el Nuevo Herald

Embattled Sweetwater Police Chief Roberto Fulgueira is expected to announce his retirement Thursday morning, ending his 32-year career with the department.

Fulgueira departure comes as his department is in the midst of a wide-ranging investigation by state and federal agents examining allegations of both public corruption and civil rights violations by its officers.

Fulgueira has come under scrutiny in recent months because of his decision several years ago to give a controversial, no bid, towing contract to a former business partner of then-Mayor Manny Marono, who was arrested earlier. this year.

Fulgueira abruptly ended the agreement with the company, Southland Towing, in February. But as el Nuevo Herald and CBS4 reported this month that oral agreement between Fulgueira and Southland’s owner, Robert Muriedas remains under investigation by the FBI.

Neither Fulgueira nor Muriedas have been accused of any wrongdoing. Marono was removed from office earlier this year after he was indicted on an unrelated public corruption case.

Fulgueira started with the Sweetwater Police Department in 1980 as an auxiliary officer and rose through the ranks before being named Chief by then-Mayor Marono in 2005.

As part of his retirement, Fulgueira, 54, reportedly worked out a deal with city officials to maintain his health insurance and other benefits for three years.

Fulgueira’s retirement also comes just days after his mother’s death last weekend.

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