ANTIOCH City Council did not appoint Cornelius “Con” Johnson as its city manager despite Mayor Lamar Thorpe calling for a special meeting during a press conference on Aug. 22 to do just that.
Thorpe’s call for this special meeting was in response to eight Antioch police officers being placed under investigation for “crimes of moral turpitude” by the FBI and the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office.
“I can say that currently of the 57 patrol officers in our department, eight are under investigation by the FBI and (the county District Attorney’s) Office. That’s about 15% of our patrol officers or an estimated 10% of the Antioch Police Force. For those who are familiar with the process, you know that at some point a criminal grand jury will be handling the case, and, as a result, could increase the number of officers under investigation,” Thorpe said.