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City of Lodi won’t release names of police chief finalists

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Posted: Saturday, April 30, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 9:25 am, Sat Apr 30, 2011.

The city of Lodi has narrowed the number of potential candidates for the position of police chief down to four, but their names will remain secret.

Lodi traditionally has not released the names for department head positions that the city manager selects, city spokesman Jeff Hood said.

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  • Doug Chaney posted at 11:25 am on Sun, May 1, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Or, Mr. Bitz, as in the case in Sacramento a few years ago with the city public works department, there were those who were guilty of supposed bid fixing, bribe taking and the loss of unaccounted for water meters, who were never formally charged and the documents pertaining to this situation were kept confidential, and these thieves were free to find other positions in other municipalities without ever having been fired or charged with any wrongdoing, freeing them to be hired elsewhere without any blemishes on their resumes, who in turn take their schemes and greed to yet another city or town, even possibly Lodi.

  • Josh Morgan posted at 11:22 am on Sun, May 1, 2011.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 542

    I always find it fascinating when the City is criticized for not being "run like a business" and then when they do they're being secretive or not forthcoming. When you are dealing with people who are experts in their field they are making the request for anonymity. I don't want someone in a position such as police chief who doesn't give a damn. Chances are they won't give a damn once they secure their position. it's a good policy.

  • roy bitz posted at 9:36 pm on Sat, Apr 30, 2011.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    I cannot understand why any high level public employee such as chief of police, fire chief, electric utility manager or city manager would find necessary to "sneak around" to interview with other cities for a like position if they are good at what they do'
    If they are good at what they do--- they do not need to worry about losing their current job simply because they interview for a job in another city---for whatever reason.
    Those that are not so good at their job are apt to try to find a job elsewhere. This confidentiality game does not serve our city well---it further empowers a few city decision makers.

  • Ryan Jameson posted at 4:55 pm on Sat, Apr 30, 2011.

    Ryan Jameson Posts: 195

    Law enforcement has traditionally always drawn one race/gender combination. Caucasian males are the most likely group to apply for law enforcement positions. Of course in the 50's and 60's it was almost unheard of to see a police officer who did not fit the "all white, all male" stigma. Law enforcement has changed drastically (for the better) and now many different races make up the demographic of police agencies all over this country. The police should reflect the community in this regard. However, white males still make up the largest percentage of police officers in the US. It's not due to racism (as many on these forums would have you believe) but it seems to be a more attractive career to this particular demographic. So of course it is more likely that white males will be applying for high level police positions because of simple math. Higher percentage of white males in law enforcement means a higher percentage apply for promotions and special assignments.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 4:19 pm on Sat, Apr 30, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Definitely, Robert! All those power mongering white faces at LPD, LFD, city of Lodi, LUSD and anything connected with the good old boys will stay fearsomely white forever. How sad. Livable, lovable Lodi. Over 50% minority in Lodi, I believe. So why the disproportional ethnic representation at these above named entities?

  • Robert Jacobs posted at 4:00 pm on Sat, Apr 30, 2011.

    Robert Jacobs Posts: 298

    I bet you whom ever is finally chosen it'll be a white boy.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 2:32 pm on Sat, Apr 30, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Although I don't completely agree with this non-release of applicant's names, I do understand the negative ramifications that could cause those applicants to open themselves to adverse feelings concerning their present place of employment. The disadvantage of all Lodi residents knowing who they are and being able to research their present employment circumstances that would give residents an indication why certain appointees were passed up over another who was less qualified or was a typical yes person, that would gratify the needs of the dominant three councilpersons that always vote together, Hansen, Johnson and Katzakian.No matter which candidate is the finalist, these three also have the power to disqualify the finalist with their three dominant votes. I'd feel more comfortable knowing who each of these applicants are and how the process of elimination could bypass the better applicant while leaving some "weaklings" still in the process. Should the citizenry at least have a chance to scrutinize each applicant and be able to ask questions concerning bypassing a better qualified applicant for a lesser qualified one?



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