This deputy chief served as a key supporter and right hand man o the former police chief. How on earth does he think he is the leadership solution everyone has been waiting and hoping for? The town manager would be wise to tell Smith before the process for naming a permanent police chief really begins that he IS NOT someone the town will consider. In fact, he should not have been named interim police chief in my opinion. From the times I’ve seen Smith in the media, he presents an insular good ole boy unprofessional image. And how can he go on the record and say the department is not totally broken and be taken seriously? The town manager would be derelict of his duty to permanently appoint Smith as police chief after saying himself that Leland needs to go in another direction.
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