It’s about time….the Danny Hughes leadership era is at last coming to an end

Special exclusive to The Fullerton Informer by one of our readers, anonymous of course.


It’s about time….with all the newly hired officers leaving in mass and the more seasoned officers running for employment at neighboring police departments…the wreckage caused by the Danny Hughes leadership era is at last coming to an end. Apparently Disney does not conduct pre-employment background checks or Dan Hughes is just the perfect size for the duck suit. But don’t worry, Dan Hughes is not going away that quickly. His 2-week notice letter states he will be retained by the City Manager as a Fullerton reserve police officer.


Why would a new Chief allow the old dysfunctional leader to hang around and continue to spread his poison? Why would his new employer allow him to continue working at the Fullerton police department…Now drawing 3 pay checks.. one pension from PERS one from the City of Fullerton and one from Disney?


Hi all-

It is with mixed emotions that I share with you that after 33 years of service at the police department, I will be retiring effective November 11th. I have informed the city manager and he will be choosing an external interim chief until a wider search and testing process can be completed. I will become a reserve officer in order to complete a few projects I have committed to. I have accepted a position as the Vice President of Security and Emergency Services at the Disneyland Resort and am excited about this new journey in my life.


There are no words I could use to adequately express how grateful and honored I am of serving as your police chief for the past five years. We have endured many challenges during this time but I believe those challenges made us better and I truly believe the best days for our department are still to come. The future of our department is exciting because there are such strong managers and supervisors prepared to lead our department. I could not be more impressed with our sworn and professional personnel that are committed to excellence and are loyal to serving our community with the highest level of integrity, character, and compassion.


You should be very proud of what we have been able to accomplish these past five years. We developed a strategic plan of embracing community policing methods and improving and developing strong trusting relationships within our community. We began utilizing a more academic approach to analyzing crime trends and partnering with our community to decrease crime and increase community relations. We created the Directed Enforcement Team to address quality of life issues and to provide more opportunities for investigative development for our personnel. We created the county’s first full time Homeless Liaison Officer Program and partnered with Coast to Coast, O.C. Mental Health, CSP, and other non-profit organizations to deal with this tragic social problem that local law enforcement has been asked to resolve. We have enhanced our presence and relationship with the schools as we partnered with Team Kids and GRIP to demonstrate a sense of caring for the future generation of our community. We have enhanced our relationship with the community we serve by improving how we communicate with one another. We increased department tours, held open houses, increased citizen academies, created a Chief’s community advisory committee, increased our presence at community events, partnered with O.C. United with the Love Fullerton events, initiated Annual Reports and Employee Recognition Ceremonies, created a social media team, initiated the departments first Legacy Album project which is projected to be completed in the next few months, and helped launch Behind the Badge OC so we could profile the many wonderful programs and people we have at our department and share information with our community that most news organizations are not interested in covering.



There were also many visible changes made within our department. The Traffic Bureau, Records Bureau, and the CSI offices all received significant renovations. We created the Wall of Honor and Wall of Service to memorialize those that have served honorably before us and to challenge each of us to emulate their actions. We transitioned our patrol cars to Ford Explorers and changed the police logo and added a blue lives matter flag on each vehicle. We memorialized five of our police vehicles by placing the names of the five officers whose deaths are attributed to them being a police officer. We provided every officer a Taser and soon each officer will be equipped with a tourniquet kit and Naloxone (Narcan). We were the first department in Orange County to deploy every officer with a Body Camera. We redesigned our web page, approved a new policy manual, created the Peer Support Program, and purchased a new Prism system to improve training. We also created challenge coins and worked with the Legislature to permanently honor two of our fallen officers by dedicating freeway signs in their name. A strategic staffing study was completed and later approved by city council to increase the number of sworn officers from 143 tom 160 in the coming years.



I will retire with many fond memories but what I will miss the most is the incredible people I have had the opportunity to work with. Each day I have come to work I have prayed for the protection of our personnel and the transformation of our city. I will continue to do so and will make myself available if I can ever be assistance to you.

joe acacia


I am excited for the future of our department and thank you for the amazing privilege of serving as your police chief.


With much appreciation, gratitude and respect-


  1. #1 by Joshua Ferguson on October 27, 2016 - 12:42 pm

    Thank you for sharing this Joe.

    Without disclosing your source is it possible to share who this note went out to in the city? Was it internal FPD or citywide?

    If that info would compromise your source I understand not disclosing, I’m just curious for verification purposes as it seems odd to time that around an election.

    • #2 by Anonymous on October 27, 2016 - 5:34 pm

      What you should be focussed on is if they will replace his position with one from the same corrupted culture.

      • #3 by Anonymous on October 28, 2016 - 12:07 am

        Joe isn’t exactly a trusted journalist.

  2. #4 by Fullerton Lover on October 28, 2016 - 6:53 am

    I honestly can’t think of a person that I know than I can trust more than Joe Imbriano.

  3. #5 by Barry Levinson on October 28, 2016 - 10:25 am

    Wow, you would have thought that such an important position as Police Chief, that Dan Hughes would give more than approximately only 2 weeks notice before he says adieu.

    But Dan Hughes has another large paycheck lined up so I guess why should we expect him to do the right thing for the city and its citizens by giving all of them more than 2 weeks to try to replace him. WHAT A GUY!

    You notice that a healthy part of what Dan says are his accomplishments have nothing to do with policing but everything to do with themselves.

    He includes as an “accomplishment” that they changed nameplates for some of the police vehicles. Thats an accomplishment Dan…really! He says that the “Traffic Bureau, Records Bureau, and the CSI offices all received significant renovations.” I thought you have stated how badly the FPD is understaffed due to budget constraints but you prioritize spending money on nicer facilities for yourselves. What a Guy?

    How does that improve the policing/safety for Fullerton residents Dan? Again, another benefit for the officers with no payback for the citizens. Sounds just about right for the self-centered FPD brass and our city leadership.

    He has the audacity to claim he has improved the communication between the FPD and its citizens. Bulletin to our soon to be retired police chief, Public Relations is not improving honest and open communication. It is more propaganda than anything else, it is your way to control the information and put your spin on everything…once again for the benefit of the FPD and not its citizens, If you cared even a little bit about open communication you would be asking for the repealing or at least amending POBAR, which keeps personnel records of all police secretly tucked away from all, even our city council. You also would have supported rather than fought a true civilian police advisory board. Your letter of retirement is just more PR nothing more and nothing less.

    Some things never change and one of those things is the self-serving nature of you Dan Hughes. Enjoy your approx. 200K retirement paid overwhelming by me and other Fullerton taxpayers and your free medical care for the next 33 years.

  4. #6 by Danny Boy on October 28, 2016 - 1:01 pm

    Oh Barry Barry Barry.

    Don’t forget that DannyBoy stayed this long to complete what he started. He took Fullerton PD from a time of crisis due to one incident, to an almost perfect model for a police department across this nation. He didn’t want to just start the transition and bring it through the trials and investigations, he wanted to complete it all and leave Fullerton PD in a good spot. He did that. His pension was maxed out long ago. He could have taken the job, done 2 years, and bailed ship. He was basically working for free the last 3 years. He could have retired 3 years ago and made more money overall than by working.

    Thanks DannyBoy for your leadership for our City. You did an amazing job with this police department and they are in an amazing spot.

    I said a year ago you were leaving at the end of this year. I’m wondering when Felz will announce his date as well.

    I look forward to one of your Captains taking over and the Assistant City Manager taking over and continuing this great progress and great status this police department holds.

    Job well done. You deserve your retirement and you deserve the great job you are taking on. You will be appreciated by all over at Disney, and won’t have to worry about the few in Fullerton that continue to hate all of our wonderful employees.

    Thanks again!

  5. #7 by Anonymous on October 28, 2016 - 1:49 pm

    Danny Boy, very well said!
    And you are correct. He could have left a few years ago and received the same pension but he stuck around to finish what he started. He was born and raised in Fullerton, went to Fullerton schools and has been more invested in the wellbeing of the city than Levinson or Imbriano could ever be. He’s earned respect many people, including folks who had previously been some off the FPD’s harshest critics.

  6. #10 by Anonymous on October 28, 2016 - 1:57 pm

    One got to be kidding me Danny Boy.

    Do you have even one once of integrity Danny Boy in your entire body? Apparently not!

    • #11 by Danny Boy on October 28, 2016 - 7:33 pm

      Go ahead then Annony. Show me all these bad instances in the last 5 years when DannyBoy was Chief.

      I’ll be waiting.

      Picture perfect police department.

  7. #14 by Fullerton Lover on October 28, 2016 - 2:43 pm

    ….another instance of art imitating life!

  8. #15 by Anonymous on October 31, 2016 - 10:57 pm

    As Joan Rivers used to say…Can We Talk?

    We talk about public employee safety retirement pensions. Please look at that description for it says “Retirement Pensions”.

    It does not say mid-life pension for life in order to get another high paying full time job. For after 33 years of service by Danny Hughes, he will now get 90% of his highest pay until death. If he lives an average life span for someone in good health at the age of 53, he probably has another 30 to 35 years of collecting almost his full last year’s salary.

    Therefore we the taxpayers’ allow Danny Hughes to go from one desk job to another, collecting to very large checks simultaneously.

    The mantra for our safety workers then could honestly be…one year I work, and one year you pay me almost the same amount of money for not working. Isn’t public service great!

    Who has received the FPOA endorsement this year? The answer is none other than…..Mayor Jennifer Fitzgerald, her sidekick, Larry Bennett and the husband of Sharon Quirk-Silva, the daring of the public unions.

    Now let us go the the Fullerton’s Firemen Union endorsements and again we see Mayor Jennifer Fitzgerald and Larry Bennet.

    In addition to all that union money, Mayor Fitzgerald in total has collected over 120,000 dollars much of it from out of town developers and other outside interests.

    Mayor Fitzgerald, Larry Bennett and Jesus Silva, think the above system is fair. Tell the three of them that they are looking out for the wrong groups, namely the public safety employees and themselves. Do you ever hear them even talking about what is fair for the taxpayers? Of course not.

    • #16 by Danny Boy on November 1, 2016 - 9:52 am

      Well Fullerton Lover since you are using another name today LOL.

      What do you recommend then? Do you recommend that starting today just Fullerton Police disband from PERS and try to fund their own retirement system? Do you have any idea how much public employees pay into their own retirement system that you speak of? Do you have any idea how much the city pays into their retirement system? Do you have any idea for how long the City paid nothing into their system because they were super funded? Do you have any idea how much they have paid over the years period? Or are you just running your mouth due to jealousy for someone working hard for 33 years, keeping themselves healthy and able to continue working, living a long time, and living a good life?

      By the way. Anyone with a half of a brain and proven support for public safety in their community will usually get the endorsement of public safety unions, and some get money too.

      If you were running a public safety union, wouldn’t you endorse the people that supported you? Not sure what is so hard to understand about all this. PERS is a retirement system that is used by almost all police departments in southern california. I know Joe wants to disband the police department and form his own security police team, but outside that strange thought process and proven hate for all city employees, what do you want to happen at this point for public safety employees. Try to state something that makes sense.

      Now let’s go see Mickey Mouse.



  9. #17 by Anonymous on October 31, 2016 - 11:19 pm

    In 2012, the Orange County Republican Party had a mantra that no candidate who accepted any money from any public employee unions would be endorsed by them.

    So what happens just a few 4 years later. They endorse Larry Bennett who is also endorsed by the Fullerton Police Union and the Fullerton Fire Union, which means thousand of dollars in donations from them.

    We all should know by now, how fleeting are principles to our two major political parties, not to mention almost all politicians themselves.

    • #18 by Danny Boy on November 1, 2016 - 9:47 am

      Post that link about OC Republicans not taking any money from any public safety unions. I’ve never heard of that in my life. That’s like a death wish. I would be interested in reading that article on why they would do that. Almost all politicians take money and endorsements from public safety unions because it usually means they will win.

      It’s all about public safety. If you don’t endorse it, like Joe and Barry, you really shouldn’t be running for political office. It’s that simple.

  10. #19 by Joe Imbriano on November 1, 2016 - 7:31 am

    Truth is only negative to those who cannot objectively face it. The problem with this city is that the vast overwhelming majority of its residents are simply uninformed. This works wonders for the corrupt political establishment and it is corrupt ladies and gentlemen. Just look at the roads, the budget and the city’s finances. Then there is another problem with this community. There is a very small group that not only wishes to remain uninformed themselves but actively works towards the goal of ensuring that the vast majority of the residents continue to remain uninformed.This works wonders for the corrupt political establishment as well. When you look at the junior high mentality of many of the commenters here on this site, it is little wonder we are not even farther gone than we already are.I for one am glad to see him go. He did do a fantastic job at PR while the rot continued and continues to spread. We still have no civilian oversight commission but I guess no one cares until it is your son, daughter, brother, sister, mom or dad, or friend that ends up framed, maimed or murdered by the police, covered up and then paid off by corrupt politicians at 8 am the day before thanksgiving with the cameras turned off.

    • #20 by Danny Boy on November 1, 2016 - 7:37 pm

      Police commissions are a waste. Has to be a full time paid job and they have no powers. That’s why no one does them. Well a few do for political reasons but they make recommendations only. That’s it. Fullerton was smart to can the idea. Once the idea is researched and the facts discussed in terms of what is and isnt possible, the answer is easy. Police commissions aren’t worth it. Joe wants to do the opposite of every other police department in the state. He wants cops not to be part of PERS and he wants to privatize the police force with minimum wage pay. Good luck with that.

      • #21 by Joe Imbriano on November 1, 2016 - 10:07 pm

        Danny Boy enough of your lies pal. We need more police and they need to pay way more for their retirement and bennies. That is where the money will come from to hire them but then that interferes with the plans for the barbeque island, the ski boat and the home in Coeur d’Alene. In the meantime the millions in lawsuits just fly out the window.

        • #22 by Danny Boy on November 2, 2016 - 11:32 am

          Cops need to be paid more. Thank God for their recent raise. Otherwise they will all leave and we will hire all the LAPD guys again.

    • #23 by Anonymous on November 2, 2016 - 12:19 am

      Considering that most of the comments here are posted by you and Barry, calling it a junior high mentality is quite telling.

  11. #24 by Fullerton's Conscience on November 2, 2016 - 12:56 am

    Anonymous is so wrong once again. If you look to the right at the recent comments there are about 32 of them. I counted over 20 from Danny Boy and Anonymous attacking comments against this blog.

    You either can’t tell the truth or do simple arithmetic or both, i.e. 20 divided by 32 = 62.5% , which the last time I checked anything over 50% constitutes most of the comments.

    • #25 by Danny Boy on November 2, 2016 - 11:32 am


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