Whitmire: 'I look forward to New Braunfels'
Future interim New Braunfels Police Chief Bobby Whitmire is set to replace outgoing Chief Ron Everett starting May 3 and said he thinks of the job as 'a great opportunity.' 'Each department is different, but from my conversations with colleagues, everyone has said New Braunfels has great officers working there,' Whitmire said in a phone ...
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#1 Apr 22, 2010
Isn't this a load of crap! Dont we have an assistant chief in there already who could "make the transition smoothly"? Gimme a break folks! If we're crunching the budget and pinching pennies to where yall down at city hall want to cut my garbage services, then why the hell hire this guy to come in at Lord knows how much we're giving him? Just don't make sense. Same logic as the severance package for Everett. Morrisson Economics 101. The guy is costing our city untold money and resources.
#2 Apr 24, 2010
Officers Association concerned about NBPD
Published April 23, 2010
Guest commentary submitted by:
Scott Renken, New Braunfels Police Officers Association President, Steve Hanna, Vice President, Chris Peltier, Secretary, and Andrew Kempker, Treasurer
I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for Doug Toneys recent column titled Problems at city hall go beyond police.
There were several key points in your article that have never been addressed in the public eye and it was nice to see that the Police Officers Association is not the only group that has concerns about the recent activities from both within the New Braunfels Police Department and our city in general.
Up until now, our membership, which encompasses 100 percent of the sworn police officers, have made it a point to not bring these issues to light in the public view because we felt it would be better for the city and the police department as a whole to not sling mud.
We have chosen, however, to provide a unified front and continue to push the issues that we feel are right for our city and our police department and not back down after certain surveys were done, which were apparently misguided attempts to quell frustration.
Your column brought to light yet another concern of ours the fact that the city manager has chosen to hire an interim chief while the process for the search of a new police chief takes place.
It should be noted that as recent as the last months of 2009, Chief Everett attended the FBI National Academy for three months. During this time, Assistant Chief Vargas was placed in charge and the transition and subsequent months following were flawless under Vargas leadership, even during the officer-involved shooting, which is one of the most trying incidents a police department and a community can go through.
As you know, the city manager has continuously advised of major budget deficits within our city and all departments have had major cut backs to include a hiring freeze and pay freeze in attempts to help out the citys current financial position. Everyone involved with the budget issue has put forth great effort in trying to insure that everything we currently do is as efficient as it can be with as little impact on the budget as possible.
With that being said, one has to question the city managers current decision to bring in an interim chief at a cost of $8,000 to $9,000 a month, when we have a completely competent and proven leader currently in the position of assistant chief and who is, and has always been, ready to step in and take command when the current chief is gone. And that no one had an issue with him being placed in charge for the three months that the chief was out of state.
The city manager said Vargas needs to do his day-to-day duties. Part of his day-to-day duties is to run this department in the chiefs absence.
You would also have to question the fact that Chief Everett is receiving a severance package, which includes four months pay based on his current salary and three months of continued health insurance for him and his wife. What other city employee has ever received a severance package when retiring?
When you look at the starting salary for a police officer within our department, you will find that the cost of having an interim chief for six months costs more than the starting salary for a new officer for the entire year.
In closing, it would appear that during this time of financial crisis within our city, the city manager still has his own ideas of who he wants to run the police department instead of doing what is sensible and cost effective.
New Braunfels Herald Zeitung
#3 Apr 24, 2010
Of course this dude is happy to give New Braunfels a try at 8 or 9K a month! Apparently he screwed up in Waxahachie pretty bad, so of course we'll take their rejects. If anyone had taken the time to actually interview officers where this guy has done his gig as Interim Chief, they would have gotten this information. What a waste of money and resources. Atta boy, Morrison! Way to run a great and proud city into the ground.
#4 Apr 27, 2010
You know you should read your own post and apply it here. You talk about interviewing people from where Whitmire is from...This city did interview a bunch of folks from inside the PD as part of the investigation that was in the paper. Perhaps they are doing exactly what the officers want by not placing the assistant chief in charge. Seems Everret just got back from being gone and now all of this mess while someone else was running the department. Just because the "association" puts an article in the paper saying they want it does not mean that everyone agrees. Oh...by the way I heard the assistant chief and the association president have been best friends for like 20 years...coincidence???
#5 Apr 29, 2010
This department was not messed up by Asst Chief Vargas by any means. He promoted from the ground up and cares a lot about this department and employees. Hey I have known him and worked with him for 10 years, does this make me biased? YUP! The man has proven his leadership abilities and from my understanding, he has the trust and respect of the officers he works for. I am one that will give Chief Whitmire a chance. He is filling a role that was made available by our city manager, I hold no ill will towards him, unless he proves otherwise.
#6 May 3, 2010
New Braunfels never gives outsiders a chance. You evil cold Germans. God help this man. Hope he survives your metaphoric gas chambers you krauts.
#7 May 3, 2010
There are hardly any krauts left here to be evil anyway. Sigh. If only. Those were the days.
#8 Jul 25, 2010
Good riddance to witless whitmire. Get ready for your civil rights to be removed new braunfels
#9 Aug 14, 2013
Officer Kempker is a lying sack o cra p.
#10 Feb 21, 2014
And you're an unintelligent, cowardly, immature, probably criminal, definitely worthless, jizz trail. Well done! Now go back into your shitty mobile home and drink your 40.
#11 Feb 21, 2014
Whitmire is a tool.
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