In today’s Spokesman Review;
It would appear that Stacey Cowles’s Editorial Board is attempting to pave the way for their endorsee Mayor Condon to choose a new Chief of Police from within SPD contrary to the recommendations of the “Police Leadership Advisory Committee (PLAC). Of note is that Jim McDevitt and his friend Ken Hohenberg left the PLAC in a huff, but only after the recommendations they obviously approved of were presented to Mayor Condon. So it would appear the SR doesn’t agree with the PLAC, including McDevitt and Hohenberg, which doesn’t make sense when you consider previous editorials, and columns by their own staff which seem to conflict with this Editorial.
I’m wondering who the Mayor and the “King Makers” (old days’ term for the Cowles Family) have in mind to promote from within the SPD? Surely not Craig Meidl, even though he was Councilman Mike Allen’s favorite, I would think there might be too much baggage there even beyond the “Salute”. I would think that Tim Schwering would cause some real problems if he were given the job when he graduates from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy, which many folks think is the Condon plan. So I wonder who the Editorial Board and Mayor Condon have in mind. Of course every Brass at SPD is bucking for the job now but I wonder who got someone’s ear, or if they did.
I know if an outside Chief with some backbone came in and said that all the costly programs Condon and Straub have put in place, including the Precinct Model, do nothing to help the SPD mission of protecting the Community it would be a big embarrassment for some, but does that really matter?
I know the SR folks read this Blog but maybe because I don’t have a Journalism Degree they don’t take much stalk in it, or perhaps they are hoping I’ll give up the fight…who knows?
I REPORT YOU DECIDE!