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Bell 8: 'I am looking forward to ... taking all of Bell's money,' police chief said in e-mail

February 14, 2011 |  1:09 pm

Bell's assistant city administrator and the city's then-candidate for police chief referred to themselves as “pigs” in an e-mail exchange as they discussed the exorbitant salary being offered the lawman, documents released in court Monday show.

"I am looking forward to seeing you and taking all of Bell's money,” then-Glendale Police Chief Randy Adams wrote in a 2009 e-mail to Asst. Bell City Administrator Angela Spaccia, according to a 19-page memorandum filed by prosecutors in court Monday.

"Okay ... just a share of it!!,” Adams adds, the memo shows.

Spaccia then responds to Adams with another e-mail:

"LOL ... well you can take your share of the pie ... just like us!!! We will all get fat together ... Bob [Rizzo] has an expression he likes to use on occassion ... Pigs get Fat ..... Hogs get slaughtered!!!! So long as we're not Hogs...All is well!?"

The e-mails are contained in a memorandum laying out the prosecution’s case against eight current and former city leaders in Bell, who are accused of misappropriating city money and attempting to cover up their high salaries.

The first phase of the preliminary hearing, aimed at six former and current council members, is in its second week.

A second and third phase will be directed at Spaccia and former city administrator Robert Rizzo. Both  are accused of looting the city treasury.

In the e-mail exchange contained in the memorandum, Spaccia also seems to lay out how Adams' employment contract has been worded to avoid drawing any attention to the pay levels.

“The word Pay Period is used and not defined in order to protect you from someone taking the time to add up your salary,” Spaccia explains in another e-mail to Adams, according to the memo.

Adams was paid more than $400,000 as the city's police chief, higher than the Los Angeles police chief and the police commissioner in New York City.


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-- Andrew Blankstein

Photos: (Left) Randy Adams in June 2010. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times. (Right): Angela Spaccia in October 2010. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times