Well, after the much promoted and heavily funded "headhunting" search for a new APD police chief the finalists were announced yesterday. They include:
Assistant Chief Thomas Lawrence of the Dallas Police Department
Assistant Chief Craig Goralski of the Houston Metro Police Department
Secretary Gordon Eden of the New Mexico Department of Public Safety
|Lawrence Goralski Eden|
Hmm, so with Chief Lawrence we have: "He joined the Dallas Police Department on October 12, 1983. He immediately began to distinguish himself through his exemplary performance at the police academy. He graduated number one in fitness, academics, and overall ranking. Upon his graduation, he was assigned to the Southwest Patrol Division where he continued to demonstrate a high level of performance. In 1985 he was selected as the Police Department’s Rookie of the Year. Assistant Chief Lawrence was later promoted to sergeant then lieutenant, but chose to remain in patrol where he felt he could provide the most benefit to street-level officers. As a sergeant, Chief Lawrence was selected as runner-up for the Supervisor of the Year. Chief Lawrence was promoted to deputy chief in October of 2006 and assumed command of the Homeland Security and Special Operations Division. Here he was responsible for multiple units such as SWAT, Traffic, and Love Field Airport Security. In December of 2008, Chief Lawrence was transferred to the Northeast Patrol Division. Under his leadership, the Northeast Patrol Division experienced a 9% crime reduction in 2009. In addition, Chief Lawrence organized the first annual White Rock 5K run to raise money to benefit officers and their families with medical related expenses." --DallasNews.com
With Chief Goralski, we have: "Goralski was captain of the Special Crimes Division in HPD's Criminal Investigations Command. His tenure at HPD included command level positions in Internal Investigations, Training, Northeast Patrol and Administrative Operations. He earned his bachelor's degree, master's degree and doctorate of jurisprudence from the University of Houston. He's currently enrolled in the Master of Science-Criminal Justice Leadership and Management program at Sam Houston State University." --RideMetro.org
With Secretary Eden, we have: Eden was a NMSP officer who ultimately led the department's training and recruiting division. Former MVD secretary, former appointed US Marshall for NM, and current secretary of the state's Department of Public Safety
Well, out of a candidate pool of about 45 applicants, we end up with only three competitive candidates: 2 bona fide police officers and an administrator who for the last twenty years has been a political Republican operative. Hiring this headhunting firm was not money well spent.
We're not gonna taint the selection process because we're sure Berry and Perry have done a very fair job in interviewing the candidates. Given their history of backing such disgraceful characters such as Banks and Schultz, we wouldn't want to speculate who is going to be chosen. Not that politics and cryonyism have any place in, ahem, Albuquerque city government. Or competency or skill for that matter.....but we're sure we'll be singing "Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who very soon.....
Whomever is selected will have to have the very same political bend as Perry/Berry and will be taking over a department in total failure. Best of luck.