Gosh, it seems that city manager Terence O’Connor has arbitrarily determined that only a small, select group should have any input in the hiring of a new police chief. Included in the group are the mayor, Steve Britton, (probably grudgingly), two council members yet unnamed, (but that despot, Parker will likely be one of them) and two citizens of O’Connor’s choosing.
The city charter prohibits the council from speaking to the city manager about hiring and firing issues except at council meetings. Consequently, if concerned citizens want to have any say in the hiring of a new police chief they better rally and attend the next council meeting en masse. We have learned that O’Connor’s concerns are not for the city as a whole but for his little fiefdom and he is not likely to choose anyone that the general population will either respect or appreciate.
More on all this soon.