Former Upland mayor works to rebuild his life after time in prison
New book. New consulting company. Forming a nonprofit. Working in construction industry.
John Pomierski is building a new life after prison.
He accepted a guilty plea for one count of bribery because of his actions while mayor of Upland, California. That’s the city immediately to the west of where I live.
He is working to rebuild his life. Yesterday, he held a book signing for his new book describing his experiences in federal prison. It is a guide for people heading off to ‘federal camp.’
The local paper updates us on his status:
- 3/30 – Daily Bulletin – Former Upland Mayor John Pomierski holds book signing –
- 3/17 – Daily Bulletin – Former Upland mayor pens book on prison experience –
The new book, titled “From Country Club to Federal Prison Camp, a former Mayor’s Guide to Survival based on his time spent in Federal Prison Camp”, is a survival guide to federal prison. He offers tips and ideas on what life will be like and how to get through the experience.
He has started a consulting business, Accurate Federal Camp Counseling, to provide coaching on serving time in federal prison.
Consultation offered by means of 1, 2, or 4 hour telephone interviews. For extra fees, the interview/coaching can be in person. Fee structure explained on the website is not quite clear but seems to be $499 for the four-hour phone consultation.
He is in process of setting up an NPO, called The Ones Who are Left Behind, Inc.
According to the article, the charity will help those families experiencing hardship after a loved one has gone to prison. Charity has not received exempt status yet and does not have a visible presence on the web.
More on the book
The book is currently only available at the website of his consulting business, which links to a PayPal page under the name of his charity. Price is $29.95 plus $5.62 for tax, shipping, and handling.
He self-published the book, which is quite smart. Based on indirect comments in the articles above, I’m guessing he published through CreateSpace at Amazon. That means instead of having to find a publisher (which won’t happen ever again for an unpublished author) and making maybe (maybe!) $3 or $5 per copy, he will be able to clear perhaps $23 or $25 per copy.
He told the reporter that before the book signing he had sold 70 copies. He is working to get the book available from Amazon in hard copy. As of today, it is not visible at Amazon.
He told the reporter that proceeds from the book sales will go to the nonprofit he has formed.
Back to work in construction
He told the reporter that he has gone back to work in the construction industry. No more details in the articles.
That makes sense. He has lots of contacts and has lots of skill in construction. I doubt he will ever own a construction company again, since he won’t be able to get a license with the felony conviction. He could provide value to a company that would be willing to hire him to run projects.
Not a bad start
He started writing his book while in prison. He has used the last year to get the book into print and start the consulting company.
I think he is still under formal post-release supervision, which will run for a year after his release, which was in April ’14.
My guess is life will never be as good for him as before he intentionally broke the public trust. As a guess, retirement is not in his future – he will likely have to work until he is physically incapable of working. However, looks like he is off to a good start to build a self-sufficient life.