Thursday, October 06, 2011

TALKING KANSAS CITY'S TOP COP TODAY!!!



Tonight is the one and only chance for local loudmouths to ask questions of Kansas City's next Top Cop.

KCPD Deputy Chief Darryl Forté seems to lead the pack but there's no telling what can happen behind closed doors.

The most interesting part of this process has been the fact that it was hard finding an affirmative action white candidate to qualify and throughout the process  . . .

THE LEADING CANDIDATES HAVE ALL BEEN PEOPLE OF COLOR!!! 

There has been a long standing movement to select an African-American Police Chief in Kansas City. What's nice is that in this case this selection process hasn't been about tokenism or quotas but really a question of community sentiment and looking at the most qualified people for the job.

Strangely, the movement for an out of town candidate was almost solely confined to the Internets and maybe one reactionary column from The Star's token "conservative" who didn't seem to know much about the dept. It's doubtful that anybody will speak of the notion in public.

So . . . Like it or not, tonight on The Paseo . . . Kansas City moves one step closer to making history.

Check the presser:

Public Invited To Question Finalists For Police Chief Position

The public will get the chance to interview the candidates for the next chief of police of Kansas City, Mo., on Oct. 6.

The community is invited at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, to the auditorium of Paseo Academy, 4747 Flora, for an open forum with the five finalists for Kansas City, Missouri, police chief.

The forum will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Attendees will be invited to submit questions to the candidates in writing.

The five finalists for the chief position are:

KCPD Deputy Chief Darryl Forté
KCPD Deputy Chief Kevin Masters
Retired KCPD Deputy Chief Vincent Ortega
Fayetteville, N.C., Chief of Police Thomas Bergamine
Rochester, N.Y., Executive Deputy Chief George E. Markert.

Immediately after the public forum, the Board of Police Commissioners will meet in closed session.

The Board also will conduct closed interviews with the finalists Oct. 5 and 6.
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17 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe.

Anonymous said...

And how cool is this little fact---all three local candidates are Park University graduates!

Someone Just Like Lali Garcia said...

No Vincent - No Peace!

Now do what I tell you to do!

Anonymous said...

10/6/11 7:28 AM

They couldn't get in to a real school?

That is a little like attending Medical School in Granada.

Officer Friendly said...

New top cop? Well "the jigs up"....

Anonymous said...

How about if the entire police board issued an apology for how poorly the KCPD has been run and submitted an entire resignation. Then let a new board select a chief. I suppose we can dream.

Anonymous said...

Start by getting rid of the huge waste of money that is the mounted unit!!

KCK resident Alonzo Washington bitching said...

Alonzo Washington is bitching because they want the questions to be written down prior to the meeting.

Alonzo, who is a KANSAS resident and NOT a resident of KCMO has no reason to bitch about this matter.

Alonzo? The KCMO Police Chief DOES NOT serve you over in KCK!

Anonymous said...

927 what does that have to do with the selection of a new chief????

Anonymous said...

It won't change a thing.
As long as the Police Department reports to the BOPC , nothing will change.

Anonymous said...

Here's what I want to know. Who pays for the two out of town candidates???? I herd the PD is footing the hotel bills and food expenses for the out of towners......

Anonymous said...

Well, you can meet them at the Capital Grille along with the rest of the KCPD commanders.

KC Server said...

L O L!

Anonymous said...

927 responds. Will it be more business as usual with wasting money on horses? Also, will the new chief continue to cater to illegals and station two officer at the CAN center?

Anonymous said...

Alonzo lives in kck? You gotta be kidding me.

Anonymous said...

One KC? When business people way it we all try not to laugh.

Anonymous said...

2:03,

Yes, Alonzo Washington lives in western KCK.