Leader had 'no confidence' vote in Kentucky but defends his actions
It seems that this man talks up a good game. I do not think his actions will
reflect how he talks, though. Nevertheless, let's give the guy
a chance and see how it goes. I think WVC made a mistake on this one, though.
I'm just surprised that we have a 20 year veteran cop manager from
Kentucky, where the crime rate is high for the national average. Why
not hire a cop from where the crime rate is surprisingly low for the past 20
years; like New York City or Boston?
It would be interesting to know why he was fired from his last job by the city
council and why he has not worked for over a year.
Wouldn't it been great if your reporter had done some thoughtful research
and discovered that River City News is a one-person blog created and supported
by the very politicians and good old boys who wanted Russo out in Covington?
He may deserve a chance to prove his value but I have a problem with his comment
of catering to "community activist" can be from anywhere in the country
or world which can lead to chaos if no standards are set and maintained. He has
to establish standards for local peace officers to maintain and limit community
activist who are not citizens of the city.I think that Winder should
have left the selection and choice to his successor so the lame duck Mayor is
not inclined to hire someone with the old mayors view points. The new Mayor
should have the option to retain or change the guard to a new rule of order to
set the standards of the city.The troubled mayor Winder should not
have made this decision and retained a temporary chief until the elections in a
couple of months. The new mayor can fire the city manager and chief and winder
has intentionally created more chaos for the city with his character is
questionable in making good choices.The police Chief is accountable
to the Mayor and administration duties, Winder just made it more difficult for
the city and his replacement.
With all of the reported "nonsense" that has happened with the police
department in WVC, someone outside that department had to be hired. Hiring
someone from outside the State is even better. If the news reports are true
about the "nonsense" that has taken place in the WVC police department,
Mr. Russo will have a hard job ahead. Changes will have to be made, major
changes. Most likely people will be fired. Some might be demoted. There is no
easy way to end the "nonsense" that was reported without cleaning house.
Let's hope that he has what it takes to do that cleaning. If a city
can't trust its own police department, that city is in trouble.
People liked him, the system didn't. Last time I checked, the system
usually ignores the people, despite the government we ordain, uphold, and pay
for.Mr. Russo, welcome to West Valley. I don't care if the
governor, mayor, or any other office likes you or not in 5 years. If you're
honest, just, and the people like you... I don't really care about much
Communication with the troops is THE way a new boss makes changes happen. Unless
the city is prepared to fire everyone and start over, the new chief must be able
to garner support from those he inherits. It isn't like there are not ample
examples of how new chiefs have accomplished that very thing. It isn't
rocket science but it does require consistency and effort.
The Fraternal Order of Police is a fancy name for "police union." The
leadership of the FOP is often disgruntled police officers who have failed to
make rank or have been disciplined. The FOP often protects police officers who
make serious mistakes. Challenging this FOP culture is an act or courage. The
new chief will have have to make tough decisions that support the community and
could be viewed negatively by some officers. The new chief is responsible to
the community. I hope the West Valley police officers understand that their
loyalty is to the community and not to each other.
Sad that it takes the media to actually vette the potential leadership. Its a
good thing too. WVC police needs leadership with integrity.
Ah, Community policing. T-shirts, cops in dog costumes, Christmas toys for the
little kids.Do you suppose the new top cop will want a police station like
Burbank's palace? Complete with a big lobby and lots of glass to convey the
architectural feeling of transparency?And lots of promises to make nice
with minorities.And don't forget all that grant money flowing from
Washington into the department.Did anyone bother to ask him how he feels
about crime and criminals?
You just quote an online site -- not even a newspaper -- called River City News
that is a front for the very people who got Chief Russo fired in Covington.It is a one-person operation. Not a newspaper. It also only does work on
the side for those who wanted Russo out.
94 percent of the people working for him didn't trust him? Nice job WVC.
"Community Policing" is one way to phrase it or as police call it
"hug a thug" law enforcement.The current Baltimore County Police
Chief is who Senator Dick Durbin turned to when he opposed the NRA.
If cops didn't like him, but the community did, then he probably a great
Sounds like a perfect fit for West Valley City.
I think he deserves both a chance, and the support of the public.Covington, KY, is across the river from Cincinnati, OH, which had a long
history of mismanagement, crime and corruption. If this guy ticked off some of
the established folks there, he was probably doing the right things.WVC certainly has its own sets of challenges, from an ineffective and corrupt
Police Department, to a large population of criminals who ply their trade on a
regular basis. He will have his hands full.
Yeah- he got a "no confidence" vote from a bunch of thugs, thieves &
crooked cops. He took over a PD in Kentucky that was very similar to WVPD. Bad
cops & supervisors, zero public trust & rogue policies. He changed their
culture of corruption & muscle. Of course he got a no confidence vote from
the FOP. I'm sure a lot of the long term WVPD cops won't like his
changes either. He's been hired to clean up a ongoing mess, not ride herd
over the same old, same old. I wish him well.