Why Experience with our Police Department Matters



Not only does the Ordinance not allow for more than one Deputy Chief, the chief should also know that the creation of any new position requires the approval of the City Council. The position and promotion also requires approval of the Civil Service Board. Then the City Council must fund the position in the budget. A chief cannot create and promote to positions on a whim. Dies cites his authority as chief that he does not have.

I have seen his proposed duties for the 2 Deputy Chiefs. They are basically the duties of the Lieutenants. I see a problem with his understanding of the chain of command in our police department and the duties of ranks. An example of why we need a chief of police with experience in management, leadership and organizational skills. Experience and knowledge with our local police department and it’s operations would also be an asset.

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