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Three community members will help interview finalists for job of Lodi's next chief of police

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Richard Jones

Russ Munson

Randy Rosa

Posted: Monday, April 18, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 5:59 am, Tue Apr 19, 2011.

Three community members will have the opportunity to interview and provide feedback on the seven finalists for Lodi's open police chief position next week.

Members of the community panel include Russ Munson, developer and owner of Wine and Roses; Richard Jones, president of the Lodi Boys and Girls Club; and Randy Rosa, a local attorney.

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  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:59 pm on Tue, Apr 19, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Mr. Morgan, what makes you think so-called successful people bother me so much? I just like to leave the opinion open to speculation just how how good old boys become successful while others that are more successful are forgotten in little towns like Lodi because they don't agree with the dominating pecking order or they just don't happen to live on the right side of town. Why are you so affixed on these conspiracy "theories" that seem to bother you so much? They're just assumptions and opinions garnered from other old time Lodians who haven't had real pleasant experriences with the good old boys and their ilk.

  • Josh Morgan posted at 6:46 pm on Tue, Apr 19, 2011.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 541

    Well Doug, your paranoia is creeping in again. Where in my post did I dispute your post or declare you weren't entitled to your opinion? Your problem is that you talk to people who do nothing but speculate, guess and rumor monger. Why don't you look Mr. Munson in the eye like a man and ask him these questions yourself. Why do successful people bother you so much?

  • Doug Chaney posted at 4:58 pm on Tue, Apr 19, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    I'm not entitled to my opinion, Mr. Morgan? Maybe you should do some research and ask some questions about which good old boys businesses here in Lodi proper get plenty of untalked about corporate welfare from Lodi city council. Apparently Mr. Scott seems to have the opinion that Mr. Munson doesn't fit into the mix either, so why direct your comment to just myself and not both of us? I wish I had the Lodi Wine tasting visitors center located on my property and garnered the lease or purchase money the city of Lodi pays Wine&Roses, if indeed it's on their property. And what earmarks are granted to the Rosewood downtown? Maybe lease payment subsidies or even enterprise zone tax credits?

  • Josh Morgan posted at 1:33 pm on Tue, Apr 19, 2011.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 541

    Let me tell you something about Russ and Kathy Munson. I've never known anyone who works as hard as this couple. They are personally present at their respective restaurants every day. You can't walk into one of the restaurants without seeing one or both of them. Of course that's not unusual when you're in business for yourself and someone else isn't writing your paycheck.

    I wish that some day Mr. Chaney would personally introduce himself to Russ and have a meaningful conversation. Mr. Chaney might feel differently about him.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 8:44 pm on Mon, Apr 18, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Mr. Scott, I consider Mr. Bartlam a fair and honest city manager to deal with and with timely responses to any questions to any issue addressed to him. That's more than I can say for certain inept seemingly corrupt council members. I also consider city attorney Mr. Schwabauer another very capable and knowledgeable city employee that also responds in a timely manner and with accurate information.

  • John Randall posted at 2:57 pm on Mon, Apr 18, 2011.

    John Randall Posts: 21

    Funny how some articles allow comments...others do not

  • Jackson Scott posted at 2:14 pm on Mon, Apr 18, 2011.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 392

    As soon as I saw this mornings paper I knew Doug would be blasting the selection of Munson. And so he should!

    I personally believe Bartlam is doing a heck of a job, and agree that he has created an open & fair process for selecting our next Chief of Police. But, I just dont understand how Munson fits into the mix.

    Doug, from my dealings with Bartlam I don't think you need to worry about any shenanigans.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:31 am on Mon, Apr 18, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Mr. Bartlam, I' very impressed with the manner in which the selection committees are set up. It includes a nice mix of interviewers in the three panels, most of which are familiar of the needs of the city of Lodi and the complex financial and crime problem here, although some are in deep denial. I would extend my vote of confidence to Mr. Rosas and Mr. Jones, assuming they deal pretty directly with the population that most needs the crime problem addressed. Mr. Munson and Mr. Hansen, IMO, only represent what is in the best interest of themselves and their pocketbooks. During ex-chief Larry Hansen's long tenure as Lodi police chief, the gang, drug, crime and deterioration of the eastside became the most rampant, while it seems LPD under his direction, looked the other way and pretended it wasn't there. And all the while setting up the pecking order and inside rules that favored only those who agreed to go along with the program. And building the ridiculous benefits and pension plan that's part of the collapse of Lodi's financial success. It's time for an outside chief that is a real leader and not just another fixture for the dysfunction that is now rampant in LPD. Lodi's younger, efficient officers are the new breed and should be part of that leadership, too. It's time for the old guard to step aside and let the young, dedicated and efficient police men and women renew the rumored low morale of LPD and work to solve the crime, drug and homeless problem in Lodi in a tactful and considerate way and erase that denial of those problems still held by the old guard. I sincerely hope those few officers that voted no confidence to literally oust Chief Gary Benincasa will adapt to a new outside chief and strive to work with him, not against him, as they did Chief Benincasa.



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