The San Jose Police Department exodus continues unabated, with SJPD officer and former police union presidential candidate Jon Baker tallying the total at 18 resignations just this month. The Police Officers Association pegs the number at 23. Surprisingly, Baker is one of those resignations, as he will transfer to the Colma PD and will start there next week. The move comes as a shock considering that as far back as five weeks ago Baker attempted to unseat Jim Unland, president of the POA, in a union vote. Unland has had few, if any, real victories since taking over the POA last year, but he easily retained his seat, despite efforts by former POA prez Bobby Lopez to influence the election in Baker’s favor. In a brief chat, Baker said he didn’t want to talk about the past, but he insisted that his interest in leaving SJPD—just one calendar page after he said he’d stick with the force another 16 years—came only after the election. “It just didn’t work out,” Baker said. His opponents from the election agree, but for different reasons. Had Baker been elected president of the POA, they argue, Lopez could have applied for reinstatement to the union. (Lopez now runs the Fraternal Order of Police union.) With unilateral power, Baker could have then appointed Lopez back on the POA’s board of directors. Negotiations are in the works for SJPD officers to receive a retention bonus in the coming weeks, and Unland backers believe that Lopez might have tried to take credit for the back pay on his way to regaining a role in union leadership. Lopez called the conspiracy theory “laughable.” He added: “They concentrate too much on me and not enough on the welfare of their members.” Good to see everything is back to normal after the election.