City commissioners to launch hunt for new police chief

Sandusky city commissioners said Monday they're gearing up to assemble a committee of residents and commissioners who can spearhead the search for a new police chief.
Andy Ouriel
Jan 24, 2012

Sandusky city commissioners said Monday they're gearing up to assemble a committee of residents and commissioners who can spearhead the search for a new police chief.

Said commissioner Pervis Brown: “For us to move forward and to get a continuous, unified organization, we need to have the people in place. It’s the first of the year and it’s a new commission, so we have to get this going.”

Commissioners haven't chiseled a time frame for the search process, and they have yet to select members for the search committee.

Jim Lang has served as the city's interim police chief since September 2010. His $85,000-a-year contract expires Jan. 11, 2013, but commissioners said they hope to find a new chief before then. City manager Nicole Ard would ultimately be responsible for choosing the final candidate, as she directly oversees that position.

For more on this story, pick up Tuesday's Register.

Comments

Julie R.

How about Sheriff Lyon's brother? Isn't that who Baxter & Co. wanted to begin with instead of Kim Nuesse?

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/2008/oct/16/gary-lyons-hired-oversee-jails-anklet-program?similar

FruGalSpender

The judges offered the job for the second time to former Sandusky assistant police chief Gary Lyons, and this time Lyons took the judges up on their offer. the second time? really? he said no the first time? can i have that job?

wiredmama222

Do NOT let the commission put Sams on the list for chief.  No more of him. 

And don't let the commission put Julie Farrar on the decision making committe.  She has an axe to grind...remember her complaints about the entire police department.   

Some of you say Diedre Cole shouldn't make the decision.  So who is left?  

WOW..not many. 

Ok, so maybe we should run and ad.  Then have three commissioners and three residents pick several candidates, say six or seven .  Then have a public meeting for those who make the cut and have a debate.  Then the winners of the debate (say three) make the cut and have the same committe make a recommendation on two. 

Then pick two people who qualify and have the council vote and/ or the police vote. 

Or just keep Lang. 

But this should not be voted on by the people.  The sheriff is one thing, but not the chief of police.  I totally disagree with that one. 

Or just keep Lang

Dont Worry Be Happy

Why not do what most Departments do take qualified people in Law Enforcement to interview the candidates.  Put them through writen and oral test.  Who ever gets the highest score gets the job.  To hire a new officer they have to take a test etc so what would make it different for hiring a Chief. 

sanduskysteve

I can think of a good couple of questions:

1 - When creating an incident report, do you verify that the names of the people you are putting on the report along with their addresses are accurate, or just make something up if you are not sure?

2 - When you need to supliment information on a report - how much white out is acceptable so you can't see what you originally wrote?

3 - When accompanying a suspect you just picked up on a bench warrant to the hospital for treatment for a gunshot wound from which you still are not sure where it came from, do you leave her there to exit the hospital following treatment or do you stay with the suspect and take her back into custody after treatment?

4 - When something of vital imporance  develops in a case, such as finding someone who was at a crime scene now has a gunshot wound to her foot, do you wait a week to let anyone know about this to cover up the fact that she escaped from you, or advise the chief immediately and use lots of whiteout on your original incident report?

There are many other good questions for the test, but those will be good for starters.  Unfortunately, I think Lang would fail that test right out of the box.  Wonder what Ms Ard would think the proper answers would be to those questions?  If she is going to decide the next chief, then she should know those answers up front.

DGMutley
From sanduskysteve,   1 - When creating an incident report, do you verify that the names of the people you are putting on the report along with their addresses are accurate, or just make something up if you are not sure?   2 - When you need to supliment information on a report - how much white out is acceptable so you can't see what you originally wrote?   3 - When accompanying a suspect you just picked up on a bench warrant to the hospital for treatment for a gunshot wound from which you still are not sure where it came from, do you leave her there to exit the hospital following treatment or do you stay with the suspect and take her back into custody after treatment?   4 - When something of vital imporance  develops in a case, such as finding someone who was at a crime scene now has a gunshot wound to her foot, do you wait a week to let anyone know about this to cover up the fact that she escaped from you, or advise the chief immediately and use lots of whiteout on your original incident report?   There are many other good questions for the test, but those will be good for starters.  Unfortunately, I think Lang would fail that test right out of the box.  Wonder what Ms Ard would think the proper answers would be to those questions?  If she is going to decide the next chief, then she should know those answers up front.>>>   sanduskysteve,   You seem to be carrying on a crusade against the SPD with your messaging.  Why?  We can always find fault with anything if we look for it.     The alteration of police reports should be moot if the computer software is working properly.  Once the report is saved it shouldn't be able to tamper with it.     The paper said that Ms. Palmer fled the hospital, you're unhappy the police didn't shoot her?

 

sanduskysteve

DG - Again, the SPD makes themselves look suspicious in my opinion with their actions.  Yes, the paper said she fled - is it really that easy to flee from the cops when you are in a closed in hospital?  Where was the police officer?  Shouldn't he had been watching her at all times?  Wasn't he outside of the room/area?  You're really showing how incompetent the cop was in your statement.

The police shouldn't have shot her - of course not - but if she was in their custody - they shoujld have had the situation under control - wasn't like she had a gun and forced her way out.

Police reports are created adn updated under specific rules for a purpose and a reason - if you can't follow simple rules for reporting things, then what other rules arne't you following?

I didn't even mention turning off dash cams while you're on duty and outside of the car.  They complained about computers in cars being there for their safety (not really), but the dash cams can be turned off at will?

Too many unanswered questions that will never be answered until someone forces the issue.

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