To you who say there is a “good ole boys” network and an “ascendancy process” in city hall, let me relieve your anxiety.
There is no “ascendancy process” (your words). There is a “succession plan” which is present in every, and I mean every, soundly run organization in the business world, nonprofit world, and government sector.
In the case of the Mayor’s appointment of a new police chief, this plan was ignored—and maybe for good reason—we have no way of knowing. But—and this is a big but—without any participation by the Board of Directors (in this case the City Council) there is no justification for jumping over two captains and an acting chief in the type of closed process the Mayor used. If you jump over them the Board should have notified (with due time to act—rather than by putting this on the agenda for a regular meeting).
If there were good reasons for “throwing” those three hard working and carefully promoted and trained men “under the bus,” let’s hear them. The choice should be made public to the taxpayers who are being “end-runned.”
If such an abortive process has not happened before—at least not in the past thirty years—then the Mayor owes taxpayers and citizens an explanation for the unusual process he followed — and all of us, particularly the Council, are entitled to the information they need to assure themselves that the Mayor’s choice was the best possible one. It’s not “his” police chief. It’s ours. All of ours.
The Mayor’s cadre of online yes men may not agree, or even “get it,” but that’s because they do not want to. But “Thems the Facts”—I did not make them up. I just love this town that I have lived in for nearly 83 years, and I care about those Police who have laid their lives on the line those 83 years. They deserve the best chief and a selection and process that is above reproach.