Councilman McKinley was elected with the endorsement of the Fullerton Police Officer’s Association and has long supported policy and contracts which placed the special interests of the police unions and staff over the interests and safety of the community. His lack of leadership has helped create a culture of corruption in the Fullerton Police Department, culminating in the killing of an unarmed, mentally ill homeless man, Kelly Thomas. Currently, the City of Fullerton is the object of ridicule the world over.
McKinley actively opposed the rights of Fullerton citizens in claiming that the decision to release a publicly owned video of the Kelly Thomas beating should be left in the hands of the authorities.
Former Fullerton Police Chief McKinley supported expenditures to expand an illegal tax disguised as a “franchise fee” on the water bills of Fullerton residents. This illegal tax has collected millions of dollars that has in part, gone to support McKinley’s enormous pension.
Councilman McKinley has supported the wasteful Fullerton Redevelopment Agency which has reduced revenues to the General Fund including police, fire, schools and infrastructure maintenance. Redevelopment in Fullerton has led to the enrichment of individual donor/developers who exploit Fullerton taxpayers.