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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Dan spoils the ending

Yesterday Portland city commissioner Dan "Legend" Saltzman spilled the beans that Police Chief Rosie Sizer will be retiring this summer. Today he's doing a classic Saltzman -- saying the exact opposite of what he said the day before. Step 3 is that he then disappears.

I think Saltzman missed a memo. Sizer is going to retire after the big civil judgment comes back against the police in the Chasse case. Then the city can act as though it finally did something about that senseless homicide. Now that we hear that she's leaving no matter what because her pension is vesting, well, it makes that touching scene a lot less convincing.

Comments (9)

I'm thinkin the Legend is just pointing her the when and way out... Sloppy but effective.

Rosie needs to go NOW. If not, then shuffle her to another bureau assignment. Another 6 months of a lame-duck cheif cannot be good for anyone, especially if she's bitter. I'm sure she will move around her cronies and hand out as many promotions as she can get away with between now and retirement. The problem with appointing any new chief is that all the potential ones are just looking at it as a sunsetting gig to ride until retirement instead of being concerned about the long-term big picture.

Randy Leonard for Police Commissioner!

One of his kids can be chief!
Storm Large can be Public Information Officer!

"I'm thinkin the Legend" needs a head-on-a-stick to cover for his personal and group incompetence.

How did Dan get the nickname "Legend"?

Let's give out a good...HIP! HIP! HOORAY! Rosie Sizer is short-timing it at PPB, and this is some the best news to come out today...way to go Rosie...can WE THE PEEPS help you get out the door? Let us know and give us one of Portland's finest "going away parties" and do suspend Public Drunkenness for that day as we'll have much to celebrate! bye-bye!!

"How did Dan get the nickname "Legend"?"

If you look at the MLS blog, there is a numbnutz who has taken Saltzman as his avatar and called him a legend because he sold his vote for the stadium re-do and Randy gets to keep his hand up his back.

Legend, please, he probably needs a tail of bred crumbs to find his way home at night.

The officer who wrote the letter saying Thumper should be fired should be chief, or that Old Town street crime/narcotics officer who looks like a viking. Both of those guys seem to have the tough, common sense disposition we should have in a police chief.

I pray they don't appoint a woman or minority officer just for the sake of diversity. If there is a good affirmative action candidate, great, but another hapless Sizer or Foxworth, who both lacked the common sense, perspective, and fortitude to stand up against the police union on issues like what to do with Thumper, would actually harm the long-term advancement of women and minorities.

DEAR DAN:
Can you promise THIS to Portland citizens?

In Seattle tt's a national search (but in Portland) that begins with no front-runners, inside-track candidates or preference for ... (rather than the union's annointed successor)

The successful candidate must have... significant experience in working with members of the community and Police Department employees in a large urban multi-cultural environment. The desired candidate must have a strong character and possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Experience with and a strong commitment to innovation, technology and community involvement are required. ...

DAN, WHY AREN'T YOU ASKING PORTLAND'S CITIZENS THESE OR ANY SIMILAR QUESTIONS?:

Here are the questions the Mayor’s Police Chief search
committee is asking of interested citizens:

What qualities are you looking for in a new Police Chief?
What is the most important public safety issue in Portland ?
What does the Portland Police Department do well?
What changes would you like to see?

DAN, YOU STATED IN A RECORDED WILAMETTTE WK INTERVIEW WITH NIGEL JACQUIS THAT CHIEF SIZER IS PLANNING TO RETIRE (BUT ONLY ONCE FULL VESTING OF HER PENSION OCCURS) -IN JULY AND PRESUMPTIVELY, AFTER YOU'VE BEEN REELECTED, YET WHY ARE YOU NOT NOW IMMEDIATELY FORMING A 26 MEMBER SEARCH COMMITTEE AT THIS TIME? SHOULD THE CITIZENS OF PORTLAND JUST GO AHEAD AN TAKE APPLICATIONS FOR AND FORM OUR OWN ETHICALLY UNCOMPROMISABLE CITIZENS POLICE CHIEF SEARCH COMMITTEE WHILE YOU WORK ON THAT TRANSPARENCY THANG, GET THOSE FANCY COP SHIELDS AND RUN FOR RE ELECTION? ?


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