A woman approached Chahe Keuroghelian while shopping at the 7-Eleven
on Broadway recently and asked him if he remembered her.
She reminded Keuroghelian of the time years ago when he helped
mediate a problem with some tenants at the apartment building she
She told Keuroghelian she was grateful and promised the City
Council candidate her vote.
Keuroghelian hopes voters like that woman will remember his 13
years of service as intercultural relations officer for the Glendale
Police Department instead of July 11, 1999, the night he waved a gun
at his wife.
A jury convicted Keuroghelian of displaying a firearm in a rude,
angry or threatening manner in May 2001, and he served 90 days under
house arrest. A month after the conviction, the Glendale Police
Department fired him.
"I did make a mistake," Keuroghelian said. "We all do at one point
in life or another. I paid very dearly because of that mistake. My
family fell apart because of that. My goals were put on hold for some
Keuroghelian has spent six years putting the whole story behind
him. Now, he's focusing on his City Council campaign.
He believes the skills that made him an effective and popular
community liaison for the Police Department can help improve all
Glendale residents' quality of life.
"He's a consensus builder," said Garbis Der-Yeghiayan, president
of Mashdots College. "When he serves on any committee, he likes to be
recognized as a unifier and consensus builder. He doesn't push his
own personal agenda. He shares his ideas, his opinions, his plans,
and then he goes with the majority without feeling bad if his plans
On the council, Keuroghelian wants to increase community outreach
and education, spending money on that rather than hiring new police
He'd like to build a youth center to give latch-key children a
place to go after school, and he'd like to see more public funds used
for low-interest loans or grants to help small businesses and
"I have a vision for tomorrow's Glendale, which I want to pursue
to make this a better place to live, work and enjoy," Keuroghelian
said. "Glendale will benefit from my experience, from my honesty,
from my commitment to serving the best that I can.
"I think I represent and will be representing the concerns, issues
and goals of ordinary people in Glendale."