Thursday, September 21, 2017
TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY LAW ENFORCEMENT AND LATINOS FUME OVER JACKSON COUNTY EXEC FRANK WHITE COMBAT SELECTION!!!
Once again Jackson County Exec Frank White finds himself embroiled in a controversy he could have easily avoided.
The sitch . . .
This week TKC was first to appoint a new COMBAT director pick by the Exec.
Now . . .
There's resistance to this move among both law enforcement and the local Latino community . . .
Turns out, there was a groundswell of support for longtime law enforcement leader Vince Ortega who was a more obvious choice.
A look at his qualifications from the COMBAT website:
During his 30-year career with the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department, Ortega rose through the ranks to become Deputy Chief of Police. He served on the department's Executive Committee with executive authority to command and coordinate the operations of the bureaus to which he was assigned. At one point, he supervised the KCPD Drug Enforcement Unit.
From 2007 through to his joining the COMBAT staff in early 2009, Ortega worked as a National Security Specialist for GE Homeland Protection, Inc., a division of General Electric.
COMBAT is an anti-drug program funded to the tune of tens of millions of dollars every year and the selection of a relatively unknown to this post has many community leaders flummoxed.
Moreover, the fact that yet another "community" anti-crime organization has excluded someone with connections to law enforcement is earning even more serious push back.
The selection was a surprise to many but it's no shock that the reaction to the news has been overwhelmingly negative.
Real talk: This was an easy win for Exec Frank White and he could have earned favor with both the Latino Community AND law enforcement BUT his pick of a relative newbie with few political connections has evoked a controversy behind the scenes.
More background, insiders are pointing the finger at the JaxCo Chief of Staff for this important mistake that continues to undermine Exec's office.
And so, THANKS TO OUR BLOG COMMUNITY FOR PUTTING THIS ITEM ON OUR RADAR. After TKC FIRST REPORTING look for more news on this topic as locals and law enforcement leaders ponder the future of this program.
Developing . . .