Our Eyes out on the street tell us, let’s just say, there is a power struggle within APD. The issue is, “Who is the Chief of Police?” This is like watching a bad act.
As you recall Berry claimed Ray Schultz walked on water and was the greatest thing since the toilet. Well, APD continued to be flushed down the toilet because of the inept leadership, Berry and Shultz.
Eden was brought in as the Chief of Police the last day of the advertised vacancy to throw his hat in. Eden was given a whopping salary to be the Chief of Police and Ray Schultz was sent skidding out the door (so much for walking on water and being the greatest thing since the toilet). Meanwhile Eden gave his blessing to the Boyd shooting as being justified and immediately lost all credibility. We acknowledge Eden never really had control of the PD nor did Schultz.
So in order to fix the blunder of hiring and keeping Eden, after bouncing Schultz, Berry promises the world to Bob Huntsman if he would return to APD as a Deputy Chief of Police. Well, Huntsman has been barking all the orders to the troops. However, problems still remain and APD is still in the toilet because of inept leadership.
Next course of inept action is to hire an official PIO (public information officer). Janet Blair is brought on as the new PIO and has been caught several times, let’s just say, fibbing. Some of our Eyes are telling us Blair is now behind the scenes giving orders also.
Now APD has technically, three Chiefs of Police. The combined salary of the three administrators (Eden, Huntsman and Blair) is in the neighborhood of $350,000.00. The City is spending a lot of money and one would reasonably expect some results. Well, here are the results:
APD is still in the toilet because of past inept leadership and now current inept leadership.
The troops do not have a clear and defined leadership.
Tax payers are out $350,000.00.
The Berry Administration needs to admit their wrong and cut their losses and hire a real leader. The deterioration continues and the men and women in the APD are paying the price directly; indirectly the public is being ripped apart. There is a huge difference between a “Classy Act” and a “Class-C Act.” The Berry Administration is the latter of the two.