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June 22, 2007

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it *is* funny

I really cannot stress enough how important it will be to show up at the public hearing. Large numbers of concerned citizens will demonstrate the importance of this hire ... and if Bradley gets it many many people will be turned off the political process altogether, because it will be clear that it's rigged. I hope Champion is reading this and knows that it's not just the looney left that is watching this process very very closely.

Bag Job 101

This thing is thew most elaborate and expensive bag job that we've seen from City Hall in a long time. The acting chief has this all wrapped up. Done, finished, over with, slam dunk.

stop_whining

Watch as closely as you want. Joe will pick who he wants. If you dont like it- go work for another police department.

it *is* funny

I don't work for the police department, thank god. Just a regular joe here in Somerville (no, not that joe). If this is the bag job you guys say it is, a lot of concerned citizens will be even more disgusted than we already are with the joke that is SPD.

brickbottom

If the Mayor chooses Bradley and makes the taxpayers look like fools by spending money to hire an outside consulting firm for this "nationwide search", this farce will without a doubt be the downfall of the Mayor.

People are so fed up with the rising crime rate and the do nothing Acting Chief who is so concerned about our city that he resides about 20 miles away from us. We don't need a bootlicker at the helm of the SPD we need a man or women with an outsiders view of the mess that is now the SPD. Someone with fresh ideas and outstanding credentials who will shake up the police force and not play favorites and kiss the Mayors arse.

Please don't play the citizens of this city as fools and actually try to convice us that Bradley was the best candidate that applied for this job. If he gets this all important job this city is going to pay for this huge mistake for years to come!

Ron Newman

And just imagine what would have happened to our city if we had allowed grocery stores to sell wine!

Fool on the Hill

Joe Curtatone will do anything that he wants to do, so long as it doesn't threaten his future ambitions. Right now, he sees no threats.

He has no serious opponents, and he believes that his approval rating among Somerville voters is something like 83%. So it's likely that this whole lengthy and expensive process of recruiting a chief is another example of the window dressing that he's managed in the past to cover himself on actions that he was going to take anyway.

It's also very likely that a majority of the Board of Aldermen knew that this would be the outcome when they voted to remove the Chief's job from civil service.

You have to feel bad, though, for the candidates for Chief who went through the effort to be considered, not knowing that it was already wired.

Somerspeak

Amen Fool, Amen.

brickbottom

Today was supposed to be the day that they announced the final candidates for the Police Chief's position, I haven't seen any postings yet. I'm sure Bradley will be one but who are the other four suckers who wasted their time and energy and our money to go through this farce?

Ron Newman

The other newspaper web site has this information; so does the city web site's press release section. There are three finalists, not five.

brickbottom

Sorry to rob this from the city web site:

June 26, 2007

Police Chief Selection Panel Recommends 3 Finalists to Mayor

Final Candidates include Somerville’s Acting Chief, Police Major from Miami and Police Captain in Clearwater, Florida; 3 Finalists Will Appear at Public Q&A Meeting on July 10; Mayor Vows Field Visit As Part of Selection Process


City of Somerville Personnel Director Richard D. Tranfaglia announced today that the city’s eight-member Police Chief Selection Panel has forwarded three names to Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone as finalists for the job of Somerville Police Chief. In alphabetical order, the three recommended candidates are: Acting Somerville Police Chief Robert Bradley; Miami-Dade Police Department Major Ruben Galindo; and Clearwater, Florida Police Captain Anthony Holloway.

“Based on the thorough work of our consultant and the careful deliberation of the selection panel, we’re very satisfied that these three candidates are not only the strongest in a very strong candidate pool, but are all well qualified to step into the role of Somerville Police Chief,” said Tranfaglia. “They each bring different sets of skills and experience to bear on the job, but all three have outstanding records as senior police commanders.”

Bradley, who has been acting chief since 2005, is a 38-year veteran of the Somerville Police, commanding a department with 136 employees and an $11 million annual budget. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Salem State College.

Galindo is a 20-year veteran of the Miami-Dade Police Department, a 4,500-member force with a $530 million annual budget that serves a multi-jurisdictional metro population of 1.4 million. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Miami and is fluent in Spanish.

Holloway has been with the Clearwater Police for 21 years, and holds the rank of captain in a department with 368 employees and a $35 million annual budget. With a population of 110,00, Clearwater ranks fourteenth among Florida’s 20 largest cities.

“This is a great group and I look forward to getting to know each of them and carefully evaluating their credentials,” said Mayor Curtatone. “After we hear from these finalists at the July 10th public meeting here in Somerville, I plan to conduct a site visit to Florida to assess the performance of Major Galindo and Caption Holloway in the context of the departments they currently serve. This is a crucial selection process – nothing else could make me go to Florida in mid-July.” Curtatone added that he would conduct a similar site visit in Somerville to evaluate Acting Chief Bradley’s candidacy. “Even when you’re very familiar with an organization and its people, you always learn new things in the context of a formal evaluation,” said Curtatone.

Under the terms of the police selection ordinance passed in 2005, the selection panel was required to submit at least three but no more than five final candidates to the mayor, who will make a final recommendation to the Board of Alderman. The first regularly scheduled meeting following the July 10th public meeting will be July 26th.

“I want to remind the public that that they are invited to attend a Q&A session with all three finalists on Tuesday, July 10th at 6:30 p.m. in the Aldermanic Chambers at City Hall,” Tranfaglia said. The questions will be compiled from the submissions received from the public. Anyone can send in questions either by email to chiefselection@ci.somerville.ma.us or by postal mail to:

Police Chief Selection Questions
C/O Personnel Department
City of Somerville
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville MA 02143

Tranfaglia noted that these intake addresses would remain open for seven days following the Q&A session to allow the public to submit additional comments and observations. “We’re broadcasting the event live on cable and will rebroadcast it several times during the comment period,” Tranfaglia said.

In addition to Tranfaglia, the members of the selection panel were:

Maryann Heuston, Ward 2 Alderman
Aru Manrique, Multicultural Commission Director
Ray Perrone, Board of Aldermen appointee & resident
John Carreiro, Board of Aldermen appointee & resident
Jacques Dessin, Mayoral appointee & resident
Howard Horton, Attorney, Mayoral appointee & resident
Bernadette Sullivan, Somerville Police Employees Association appointee, and
Daniel Hyde, Superior Officer’s Union appointee

“I want to offer both thanks and congratulations to the entire selection panel,” said Curtatone. “They’ve done a great job with a challenging task, and the city owes them a debt of gratitude for their service.”

Now That's a Revelation

Her you go brickbottom:

1.- Bradley, who has been acting chief since 2005, is a 38-year veteran of the Somerville Police, commanding a department with 136 employees and an $11 million annual budget. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Salem State College.

2.- Galindo is a 20-year veteran of the Miami-Dade Police Department, a 4,500-member force with a $530 million annual budget that serves a multi-jurisdictional metro population of 1.4 million. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Miami and is fluent in Spanish.

3.- Holloway has been with the Clearwater Police for 21 years, and holds the rank of captain in a department with 368 employees and a $35 million annual budget. With a population of 110,00, Clearwater ranks 14th among Florida’s 20 largest cities.


Who would YOU choose?

There was no mention of the placement of the bald SPD Captain.

Now That's a Revelation

Sorry brick... I was posting at the same time as you... Oops.

brickbottom

Without even interviewing the three, not five that was promised us before, who do you think is the most qualified on paper?

Bradley, who has been acting chief since 2005, is a 38-year veteran of the Somerville Police, commanding a department with 136 employees and an $11 million annual budget. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Salem State College.

Galindo is a 20-year veteran of the Miami-Dade Police Department, a 4,500-member force with a $530 million annual budget that serves a multi-jurisdictional metro population of 1.4 million. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Miami and is fluent in Spanish.

Holloway has been with the Clearwater Police for 21 years, and holds the rank of captain in a department with 368 employees and a $35 million annual budget. With a population of 110,00, Clearwater ranks fourteenth among Florida’s 20 largest cities.

I think the answer is pretty clear.

brickbottom

Sorry Revelation,

I guess we both had the same idea at the same time!!!

Ron Newman

The Clearwater police chief has to constantly deal with nutty Scientologists, a problem we fortunately don't have here in Somerville.

Intolerance

Gee Ron, that's what a lot of people say about the Progressives. Of all people, I thought YOU would be tolerant of others views and religion. To be be fair, assuming that these Scientologists are really "nutty" as you say, this guy will fit right in: He can trade those nutjobs for you nutbag Progressives!

Somerspeak

I would hire Galindo, providing the references check out.

How about we save the taxpayers of the city some money and contact the residents of the Miami-Dade jurisdiction and ask them ourselves about Galindo. I'm sure the folks down there have access to the internet, have blogs and would love to share some thoughts with us about Galindo.

Curtatone going to do research himself in Florida? What a f&^%ing joke.

rachelfromtheville

Bradley...he's from here, he knows Somerville. He has more experience both on the job and with this area.

Its kinda clear to me, I dont get what all the hoopla is about. I wonder who would win if it was an elected position...

Go Figure

Rachel,

Believe me when I say, the last thing City Hall would want is to see this go to an election. It may be clear to you, but I think the voters would go for the person with the gaudiest credentials.

rachelfromtheville

yeah...i suppose youre right.
I wasnt really thinking we should have an election...more just thinking of a "what if" scenario.

I still think "person with the gaudiest credentials" so to speak, is the person who is from here. Can you imagine the cheif of the SPD with a southern accent? now THAT would be a trip.

Go Figure

Rachel,

Southern accent... now I never thought of that. That's kept me laughing for the last 10 minutes. Nice point.

New England cuisine might not suit him.

rachelfromtheville

yeah, i even cracked myself up with that one. ;) I bet he might have a tough time understanding the thick accents, too. I have relatives down there...sometimes we need a translator just to chat on the phone.
as for the cuisine thing...Someone will have to cook him some Yankee potroast.

brickbottom

Most people that live in Florida were not raised in Florida. It is a state of transplants from all over the country, especially the Northeast. How do you know that Galindo isn't originally from New England?

I guess we will have to wait and see.

And who the hell understands Bradley, without his pumps on he is talking at everyones bellybutton! If this buffoon gets the job then the citizens of this city are getting a big middle finger from the Mayor. He doesn't like to be told or asked what to do and that is why he will probably hire that bootlicker Bradley, who will jump through hoops for the Mayor and if asked will roll over when commanded.

accents/????

Rachel now that really is a funny one you want to talk about accents well brick touched on it but if u have a short memory just look at the news when bradley talks or his ethics violating commercials (by the way how is that investigation going) I think i would rather listen to a southern accent on news conferences than bradley and his elmer fudd impersenation if the fix isnt in bradley can go to warner bros and get a job there and talk about his wicker wicenses!!!!!!!!!!

And why would they give the job to bradley anyways he has done nothing since he has been in charge and the crime rate is shot through the roof (literally)!!!!!

what has there been 4 murders and about 8 people shot in less than six months in the city-he cant even find a way to protect his buddy Joe in his own neighborhood three of the people shot were withing 3 blocks of his house!!!


pick the outsider!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

it *is* funny

If all else were pretty equal, I'd hire Galindo, too. It would be good to have a police chief who speaks Spanish. Bradley *barely* speaks English. And Miami-Dade has their fair share of drug issues -- some more expertise here would be a good thing.

I'm not surprised to see Bradley's name on the list, but I'm sure as hell going to turn up to judge the three for myself on July 10.

rachelfromtheville

yeah....accents???...I was trying to lighten the mood a little. things are always so serious in here...its too hot to argue so all i'll say is....LIGHTEN UP.

Go Figure thought it was funny.

Go Figure

Rachel and I were just saying that a southern drawl on a Somerville police chief would be funny. We were'nt saying that Bradley is a great orator or that he should be Chief over the other two men. It was a funny observation (at least to Rachel and I). SOrry to set the keyboards aflutter over nothing.

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