In other words, the staff is not infallible. The responsibility resides higher up. This response by staff does not inspire confidence in the Bonis approach.
Campaign donations should raise questions
While reading through the July 18 article “Commission will meet more often,” I became oddly aware that I had seen the names of our Police Commission members elsewhere quite recently.
I flipped on my computer, brought up the City Council candidates election financial statements that I had culled off the city’s website a couple months ago and made a most curious discovery — five of our six commissioners have given money to four city council member’s election campaigns.
The sixth, Elise Stearns-Niesen, a City Council candidate herself, while not contributing to any of her opponents, did receive three contributions from fellow commission members as well. Now, isn’t that a cozy little club?
The mandate of the Police Commission states that it shall serve at the pleasure of the City Council. Wow, there’s a double entendre if ever I heard one!
Savor that for a moment, “Serve at the pleasure of the City Council” — the Leader couldn’t even print what that conjures up in my mind. Judging by the many checks that exchanged hands, I think it’s safe to assume that the Police Commission did, indeed, bring a great deal of “pleasure” to our City Council. But with millions of dollars in lawsuits now piling up against the city on their watch, whether they completely botched the real job they were empowered to do is another question altogether.
RICHARD J. TAFILAW
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