Saturday, July 22, 2017
TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! OUR BLOG COMMUNITY SUPPORTS KCPD MAJOR RICK SMITH FOR NEXT TOP COP OVER SMALL TOWN CANDIDATE!!!
For the past few days we've been collecting opinion, talking with insiders and checking our sources on one of the most important decisions Kansas City confronts this Summer.
Accordingly, here's the word . . .
OUR TKC BLOG COMMUNITY OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORTS MAJOR RICK SMITH FOR THE NEXT KANSAS CITY TOP COP JOB!!!
Pictured first and to the left at the beginning of this post . . . What we looked for in support of the Major was real insight, testimony about comments about his experience from locals who were willing to speak out about his management style.
Meanwhile, according to comments and insiders, the small town candidate to the right at the top of this post simply didn't seem qualified to deal with big city problems currently confronting KCMO.
As always, TKC doesn't make official endorsements but we have noted and been forthright about our support of Major Smith and most of the top readers seem to agree.
Today we present this collection of TOP COMMENTS from our blog community which speak to some of the biggest issues regarding the decision among the denizens of the local discourse and insightful commentary from all sides of the issue.
Take a look;
Gut reactions and good comparisons . . .
"To have come up with these two "finalists" represents a complete failure by both the executive search company (which was paid how much?) and the Board of Police Commissioners. The individual from the much smaller department doesn't even come close to being able to address the KCPD, an organization clearly in need of a major overhaul and cultural transformation. He appears to be the throwaway out-of-town candidate . . ."
"What kind of idiots pick a guy from a city 1/20th the size of the KC Metro and an insider and then try to make anyone believe there was even a process involved? This is all the more reason the state should take more control of KCPD and get the local boss hog politicians out of the process. This could have been a great opportunity to rebuild a dynamic, tech savvy, progressive modern department."
"We have a candidate who has worked in Tac, homicide and a multitude of other assignments. When he was in East Zone the community loved him and now in Center Zone he has developed incredible relations with the community there. He just obtained his own mental health advocate in his division. He has experience, knowledge and support of the troops."
"The Oklahoma guy is chief of a 150 officer agency. KC is 10 times bigger."
Great SIGNED comments . . .
Bill Nigro: "Major Smith is an excellent choice. He worked off duty in Westport in the early 90's and I've watch him rise thru the ranks. He has great people skills and a better knowledge of our home town problems. He has worked hard with Westport to stay on top of our crime issues. I don't know the other candidate, but I do know what I get with Rick Smith and that's honesty, integrity, and great security knowledge of our city. Major Rick Smith is my choice."
Super Dave: "When public service departments are as bad as it appears KCPD is, the majority of times an outside leader coming in and taking over is the strong solution to the problem."
Best comment and Kansas City first person testimony:
"I've known Rick his entire career. He has been an outsider with the current team, but worked to help the community. His troops love him and will work for him. He will cut the size of command and put people back to work. He's been in Tac, Investigations and understands how to lead troops. KCPD isn't inept, our senior commanders are. They blindly followed Forte, who considered his troops racists and scared. It's time to have a chief who will have the respect of the troops because he actually has been there. Not one of our deputy chiefs have ever been cops. They spent their time trying to be chief. This is the day we all knew was coming, not one of them showed any back bone. They never stood up to support the troops. Their time has come and passed. Hire Major Smith and we will follow him, we love this city and department. He can lead, he has been an outsider here. He will promote leaders, not people that will tell him yes all day."
You decide . . .