Saturday, September 08, 2007

San Angelo to vote on fate of elected police chief

At ConchoInfo we get the inside scoop on why the city of San Angelo once again has placed a charter amendment on the ballot to make the police chief an appointed rather than an elected position. If I'm not mistaken, I think San Angelo is the largest Texas town that still elects its police chief. Writes charter commission member Jim Ryan:
By the end of our meetings, we had been presented with a petition signed by a majority of serving officers, top to bottom ranks, insisting that the quadrennial election resulted in inevitable factions, with officers feeling pressured to sign on to one or another electoral candidate. While the petition was not unanimous, I have yet to hear from a single officer, current candidates included, who prefers the current elected system for the long run.

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