Friday, July 28, 2017
TKC TOLD YOU SO!!! KANSAS CITY NEW POLICE CHIEF: MAJ. RICK SMITH!!!
This decision wasn't even close and just as our blog community predicted . . .
"The Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners announced Friday that Maj. Rick Smith will be the new police chief. The announcement was made at an early afternoon news conference. Smith will begin his new duties on Aug. 15. He joined the department in 1988 and has worked as a patrol officer, tactical response officer and supervisor of the homicide unit."
While Maj. Smith has many fans and widespread support . . . The decision felt rigged and there were more than a few people who didn't like either candidate.
However, there was no question that Major Smith with the more qualified and better candidate to lead the KCPD given his insider knowledge and expertise.
The bright side here is that throughout the process Maj. Smith talked about putting more officers on the street.
But those hoping for radical change are likely to be disappointed by the selection of this longtime veteran.
Still, here's a bit of congratulations from our blog community that deserves to be highlighted:
Bravo to Kansas City Police Commission.
Kansas City Police Commission has made the decision to choose a police chief from among their ranks and turned away an outsider from the college town of Norman Oklahoma, with a population of roughly the same as Colombia Missouri.
The odds were stacked against Captain Rick Smith going up against 42 applicants for this lofty post. Making his odds even more dire, was the fact that he is of the wrong skin pigment.
Fortunately for Kansas City, our Police Commission chose a man that has devoted his life, as well as the life of his entire family to fighting crime in our City. His wife is a police officer and son chose a career in law as well.
Again, Bravo to the Police Commission. They chose the more qualified, but far less "politically correct" choice. Our city, and our police force, will be better off, and safer, with his appointment.
You decide . . .