In the wake of increasingly lurid allegations of misconduct against jailed Police Chief David Gundersen, the city of Blue Lake is quietly seeking suggestions for a new motto to replace “Blue Lake: Where sunshine and sea air meet.”
Gundersen was arrested in February after his current wife, not to be confused with his ex-wife or live-in girlfriend, informed sheriff’s deputies that her husband repeatedly drugged her with the prescription sleep aid Ambien in order to have sex with her.
Similar complaints dating back as much as ten years have been made by the other two women, who are not to be confused with the wife who made the allegations last month.
Numerous weapons, including an automatic rifle and a handgun with a silencer, were removed from Gundersen’s home.
Then on Wednesday the Times-Standard reported that 27 fully automatic machine guns were seized from the Blue Lake department. Two of the guns were hastily returned by the Rio Dell Police Department, which had borrowed the weapons from Gundersen more or less for fun, since it too doesn’t have a SWAT team or the required training or protocols in place to use or even possess the weapons.
Blue Lake Mayor Sherman Schapiro told the Humboldt Mirror it was the city manager’s job to oversee the police department, while City Manager Wiley Buck said the mayor is ultimately responsible for the misdeeds of city employees.
Buck cited in his defense the change approved in 2005 by the Blue Lake council to the city’s policy against having sex-crazed gun-nuts in a position of authority over their sleep-deprived wives.
But the two men agreed, according to the most recent council agenda, that a motto contest was “an important first step in the healing process.”
So what do you say, Mirrorites? Let’s hear your suggestions. Let the healing begin!!