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Detective’s calls sparks tumult over Vergne investigation

Detective’s calls sparks tumult over Vergne investigation

A series of phone calls from a sheriff’s detective has rekindled tempers over the alleged wrongdoings of Del Mar’s former chief lifeguard, with a group of longtime residents calling on the city to back off from the criminal probe into the longest-serving employee Del Mar has ever had.

Pat Vergne, the city’s former director of Community Services, was fired along with two of his subordinates in August after a four-month investigation brought to light a range of practices that allegedly cost the city more than $200,000 between 2015 and 2017, primarily in discounts for renting the Powerhouse Community Center.

Months of relative calm came to an end last month when Vergne filed a $5...

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