When great changes are necessary, it would have been unwise to select someone
already working in the department that needed changing. Chief Russo appears to
be the person who will do what needs to be done. Those who work in the WV
police department might turn on him. They might give him an "unsatisfactory
rating". That would be expected when those existing policement try to
protect their "way of doing things" instead of changing their ways.I hope that Chief Russo uses a "large broom" when he cleans
house. Citizens have every right to expect their police to be completely
honest. Anyone who is not completely honest needs to find some other job.
It seems almost inevitable to not please everyone when working in a supervisory
position and especially within law enforcement. There are many real dangers in
the world today and I believe that any person that has demonstrated commitment
to working hard and getting good results is worthy of continued trust. Should we
expect anything less for West Valley? I suppose that it cannot get any worse
than it has during the past 5-10 years and I respect this person for seeking out
to benefit that community with his experience in leadership roles.Good luck to you Mr. Russo!
Some assume he did something wrong if he got a vote of no confidence from police
officers. But the same people probably defend Sim Gill (who I think would get
a vote of no confidence if police officers could do that vote today).You want a guy who's not afraid to do what needs to be done even if it
makes enemies in the department... but you criticism this guy without even
knowing anything about the situation he had at his last place?I
think it's good that he's not afraid to do what needs to be done, even
if it makes people in the department angry.Let's give him a
chance and see how he does, instead of judging him before he even starts.
Unjustified shootings should not be business as usual.