SHOCK!!! CHIEF FORTÉ AGAINST STRONG MAYOR AND COUNCIL CONTROL OF KCPD!!!
A surprise announcement via blog post from the KCPD Chief today . . .
Department's current form of governance is best
"We already are under local control, we’re shielded from political corruption, we use taxpayer dollars in the most efficient way possible, and we are responsive to the community."
"I’ve tried to keep an open mind on one topic in particular: city control of the police department. On the surface, it sounds like a good idea. But the more I learn, the more I come to the realization that the current system of police department governance is the best one. The Mayor has established a commission whose stated mission is to determine what form of governance would be best for the police department. I have remained neutral about the topic as I gathered and analyzed facts, but given what I’ve learned and my extensive experience, I now think it’s time I voice my opinion. The best way to govern the department is our current system: a Board of Police Commissioners operating under state statute. This model best meets the needs of our community."
Basically, this most locals have said since the discussion started by the division between The Chief and Mayor Sly is not only surprising but also a major shift in Kansas City political alliances.
Developing . . .