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Opinion: Police chief search questioned

Matt Westerhold • Aug 11, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Excerpt from Westerhold's Between the Lines column in tomorrow's Sunday Register:

Sandusky city commissioner Dee Cole contends the city's police chief search process was tainted and local candidates from the Perkins Police Department were inappropriately excluded from consideration for personal reasons that destroyed the integrity of the process.

Cole's pushing to have the search committee revamped and wants all of the applications reviewed "blindly" with no names attached. In that way, she said, residents can be assured the best person is selected in a process that is fair and free of any bias the personal histories any of the members of the committee might have. 

Lt. John Orzech, who is the only local candidate to make the list of finalists, in my opinion, would be a fine choice to lead the Sandusky Police Department. The other four candidates selected for further review might also be worthy of consideration, but if the process was tainted, as Cole suggests, then this long, slow journey will have been a waste of time and the city will be right back to where it started.


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