George Beattie surprised some folks last November when he resigned from his post as president of San Jose’s police union. He surprised some more people a short time later when he then withdrew his retirement papers. Apparently, Beattie thought he had hit the mark for a larger retirement payout. Unfortunately for him, his math sucks and he came up short. Beattie returned to a full-time job as patrol lieutenant, but he was moved over to swing shift. As a bonus, he was reunited with his old union nemesis, Sergeant Bobby Lopez. Not too long ago, Lopez tried to overthrow Beattie and current Police Officers Association President Jim Unland in an unsuccessful coup to form a new union. Lopez, a former POA president who also may have withdrawn retirement papers recently, now has Beattie as his boss. Neither talked to Fly about the situation, but as one wag says, “It’s like putting two scorpions in a bottle.”
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