Topic for this week is Charter Section 27, paragraph 4.
The section states the following: Any active full-time law enforcement officer with not less than 10 years of prior active full-time law enforcement service, and holding the permanent rank of Lieutenant or higher, as of the date of the application of said officer hereunder, shall be qualified and eligible to so apply and to be considered for appointment in relation to a vacancy in the position or office of Chief of the Department or Division of Police.
The ad the city ran states the following qualifications:Minimum H.S. Diploma/Equivalent Rank of lieutenant or higher Minimum of 10 years progressively responsible law enforcement experience.
The ad also listed these preferred qualifications:Minimum of four years in a supervisory capacity. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in criminal justice, law enforcement, public administration or related field. Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in criminal justice, law enforcement, public administrative or related field. Specialized training such as the FBI National Academy, PELC, CLEE.
If there were to be any instructions to the committee regarding documentation or procedures they had to follow, why weren’t the instructions conveyed to the committee before they started and not after they had finished their job? I cannot remember any committee meeting that I have attended that minutes were not taken of the meeting.
The city is an Equal Opportunity Employer and the Charter wording along with the qualification wording posted in the ad, in my opinion, are out dated with the present employment laws which reflect the equal opportunity statement the city acknowledges.
Until next time, the committee did the best that they could with the applications that they had received. We should be appreciative of their efforts. If the commission doesn’t like the way things were done, it is up to them to change things for the next time that we have to select another Police Chief.
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.