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Police chief search committee 'thrown under the bus'

Anonymous • Oct 30, 2012 at 11:43 AM

My topic this week is the conclusion of the police chief committee investigation.

Did anyone think the investigation would turn out any different then what was claimed in the first place that the Police Chief Committee didn’t follow the Charter?

I have a different perspective on this whole situation. I think the Police Chief Committee was thrown under the bus and now they get to do a retake of going through the whole agonizing process once again. The process has become an embarrassing black eye to both the city’s leadership and to the city staff.

What makes the city think that conducting the search all over again will produce different results? Most people look for jobs because they are unemployed. The Charter states we can’t hire those folks. Fifty applications submitted and it comes down to an applicant who is in our own backyard.

There is a need to ask why the Law Director, who is well versed in the Charter, waited so long until the committee was about to select the finalists for chief and then announce, oops, the committee didn’t follow the Charter.  We cannot expect the committee to know what is in the Charter, but we do expect the Law Director to advise the committee as to what they need to know before proceeding in order to avoid any legal situations.  

Did the Committee Liaison or the HR Director, who attended every meeting, keep the Law Director and the City Manager up to speed?  Why didn’t Human Resources start checking backgrounds of the applicants so the committee could effectively do their jobs? Human Resources knew early on what applications were being tossed out and which ones were seriously being considered.  Basic background checks could have been done in time before the final selections were announced.

Staff needs to take the initiative to become more proactive in their jobs in order to work more efficiently. We pay huge salaries to staff to do oversight and monitoring in order to prevent wasted time and money.    


Until next time, We will never know what went on behind the scenes, but it appears the Police Chief Committee was not given the proper guidance or tools from city staff in order to work productively towards a better outcome. Lack of communication and teamwork is not an excuse for where we are at today with thousands of dollars wasted with no results to show for it.    


Sharon Johnson is a born and bred Sandusky resident who's outspoken about community issues. Her blog, chronicling her efforts to keep tabs on city projects, is posted here Tuesdays at 11 a.m.

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