Monday, May 05, 2008
Who Runs The Police Department?
In a major setback to improving the consolidated police department under Mayor Greg Ballard, Public Safety Director Scott Newman announced today that the administration is suspending its national recruiting effort for a new IMPD Chief to replace Michael Spears according to the Star's Vic Ryckaert. “We’re not actively looking for that position right now,” Newman said. “We’re pleased with the way things are going.” The last time the City went outside to recruit a new chief was back in 1974 when the police department was rocked by a big corruption scandal. The decision to keep Spears, whose performance has been rocky to say the least, raises questions about who is calling the shots in the police department. Public disclosure a couple of years ago that Spears works security for the Indianapolis Colts on a part-time basis while acting as the IMPD Chief led me to lose all confidence in him. His $103,500 a year annual salary isn't enough for him apparently. The conflict of interest is simply unacceptable, particularly when you have players who too frequently have brushes with the law.