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Since: Jun 12

United States

#1 Jun 20, 2012
CONFUSED
The Del Rio Newspaper said there were 14 persons applying for the Chief of Police and that three did not meet the qualifications. It listed only 10 persons ,, so were there 3 persons or 4 persons whose application was thrown out. Or will three persons who do not meet the qualifications be thrown out from the 10 persons listed.
MMMM

United States

#2 Jun 20, 2012
The newspaper said that City Manager Robert Eads said that any application not meeting the listed qualifications would be thrown out.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education and Experience
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in criminal justice, public or business administration, or related field is required.
Must be eligible for certification by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standerds and Education at the intermediate level.
Ten years experience in law enforcement including five years in an executive level of law enforcement management; and have attained the minimum rank of Captain/Deputy Chief or equivelant in a comparable or larger agency.
Graduation from the FBI National Academy or other Police leadership development program preferred.
Knowledge of Civil Service Rules and Regulations
SO right of the D.E.A guy Gaspar Blanco does not meet the qualifications of attaining the rank of Captain/Deputy Chief or knowledge of Civil Service Rules and Regulations so he is probably one of the three that does not meet the requirements.
MIKE

United States

#3 Jun 20, 2012
James Von Debrow III must be another one of the three that don’t meet the minimum qualifications in D.P.S. he only attained the rank of Sergeant and in T.A.B.C. he hELD the rank of Lieutenant and interim Captain from September 9, 2010 to August 15, 2011 not five years. Never worked in Civil Service agency.It does say he is a Special Ranger anyone knows what that means.
DEJAVU

United States

#4 Jun 20, 2012
Not another Trooper
Del Rio

United States

#5 Jun 20, 2012
Isn't the local applicant a Lieutenant how would he qualify he is the third one.
Texas Law on Special Rang

United States

#6 Jun 20, 2012
It is an appointment for retired officers here is the law:
§ 411.024. SPECIAL TEXAS RANGERS.(a) The commission may
appoint as a special Texas Ranger an honorably retired or retiring
commissioned officer of the department whose position immediately
preceding retirement is an officer of the Texas Rangers.
(b) A special Texas Ranger is subject to the orders of the
commission and the governor for special duty to the same extent as
other law enforcement officers provided for by this chapter, except
that a special Texas Ranger may not enforce a law except one
designed to protect life and property and may not enforce a law
regulating the use of a state highway by a motor vehicle. A special
Texas Ranger is not connected with a ranger company or uniformed
unit of the department.
(c) Before issuance of a commission to a special Texas
Ranger the person shall enter into a good and sufficient bond
executed by a surety company authorized to do business in the state
in the amount of $2,500, approved by the director, and indemnifying
all persons against damages resulting from an unlawful act of the
special Texas Ranger.
(d) A special Texas Ranger is not entitled to compensation
from the state for service as a special Texas Ranger.
(e) A special Texas Ranger commission expires January 1 of
the first odd-numbered year after appointment. The commission may
revoke the commission of a special Texas Ranger who commits a
violation of a rule of the department for which an active officer of
the Texas Rangers would be discharged.
(f) The commission shall authorize a badge for persons
appointed as special Texas Rangers under this section that is
distinct in appearance from the badge authorized for special
rangers under Section 411.023.
Bad Recruits

United States

#7 Jun 20, 2012
Hell what kind of recruiting did the city do

Victoria Police Chief and City Attorney indicted by grand jury
Whoa!
Victoria’s police chief and former city attorney leaked secrets and tampered with an investigation, a grand jury indictment alleged Tuesday.
Chief Bruce Ure and David Smith are accused of four felonies: misuse of official information, aggravated perjury, tampering with a witness and criminal conspiracy. Both were also indicted on official oppression, a misdemeanor.
Was this charge about taking to a reporter about the DA's assistant? Michael Ratcliff, a former Sheriff, was indicted for sexual assault.
Ure and Smith talked to Advocate reporter Gabe Semenza about the Ratcliff investigation sometime around Aug. 5, which was a misuse of official information, according to Tuesday’s indictment.
The Victoria Advocate has complained of intimidation over the Ratcliff reporting. The Mayor thinks the indictments are political retribution, too.
[Victoria Mayor Will] Armstrong criticized the grand jury’s action Tuesday as political indictments.“This is not good for Victoria.” He declined to elaborate and referred further questions to City Attorney Miles Risley.
Here's an educated guess:
Victoria attorney Patti Hudson said she was not surprised by the indictments, but she was disappointed in Ure and Smith.
“Indictments don’t necessarily mean they are guilty, but these are very serious allegations.” The ongoing feud among law enforcement officials has been getting uglier and uglier, Hudson said. While some have speculated there is some personal vendetta among the men involved, Hudson said indictments indicate it has gotten past being personal. And arrests of police chiefs and city attorneys seldom happen, she added.
Posted 28th May 2008 by CouldBeTrue
Bad Recruits

United States

#8 Jun 20, 2012
Assistant City Manager Bruce Ure Resigns
. Newscenter 25 has obtained a copy of Newscenter 25 is continuing to uncover startling details about the sudden Ure’s resignation letter and in it the letter details some events that led to what Ure describes as “Polar” opposite management styles between him and City Manager Charmelle Garrett.
When Newscenter 25 spoke to Ure, he cited leadership and management issues as the reason for his sudden resignation from the City. In the resignation letter, Ure points out specific examples of clashes between himself and City Manager Charmelle Garrett. Ure says that Garrett criticized him for micro managing Bootfest, when he saw his leadership and the event as a tremendous success.
Ure also brings up negative feedback from Garrett about a trip he made to meet with the Interim Director of the Williamson County Parks System and a meeting he attended with UHV Baseball Coach Terry Puhl about improving Riverside Stadium. This was all included in Ure’s six month performance review and he describes over 95% of his critique from Garrett as,“Over-the-top negative.”
Ure even goes on to question the motives behind categorizing his Assistant City Manager performance as needing improvement. Ure says he had to make a choice between what he calls Garrett’s authoritarian leadership style or leaving the organization. He then quotes Garrett as saying that she will not change for anyone.
The City released a statement today saying Garrett respects Bruce Ure’s decision and wished him well in his future endeavors. The City of Victoria will begin the search for a new Assistant City Manager starting next week.
Bad Recruits

United States

#9 Jun 20, 2012
Dunnellon police chief resigns
Austin Miller
Staff writer
Published: Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 3:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 10:29 p.m.
OCALA — Dunnellon Police Chief Roger D. Free abruptly resigned on Friday and city officials have name Sgt. Joanne Black as interim chief.
In a memorandum dated Sept. 24 from Free sent to City Manager Lisa Algiere, Free wrote:“Please accept this as my resignation from the position of Police Chief effective September 25, 2009. It has been a pleasure serving the City and residents and business owners of Dunnellon.”
Free came to the department in early 2008 after the retirement of Chief Bob Jackson.
“This came out of the blue, said Vice Mayor Fred Star.“I don’t know why he would do that. Maybe he’s going somewhere else. I’m aware of nothing that is going on that would cause him to do this.”
Star was not the only city council official surprised at Free’s sudden announcement.
“I was taken by surprise,” said Louise Kenny, another city council official.“He did a fabulous job while he was here.”
Algiere told the Starbanner Free did not give a reason why he resigned.
While Free, who could not be reached for comment, has decided to leave, city officials quickly elevated Black into the post as chief.
“I’m excited to have someone to step into the role,” Algiere said.
The city manager, who appoints all department heads, including the chief, said she’s not in a hurry to conduct any search for a new chief and hints at wanting to give Black a chance to prove herself.
“I haven’t made that step yet, I want to evaluate the situation,” when asked about what’s next.
Asked if Black could fill the role permanently, Algiere said,“Certainly, if I got the talent within. I would like to promote from within.”
Black seems to be a popular choice among city officials and residents alike.
Kenny said Black is “well received by the public,” and thinks she “would do a good job.”
“I’m looking forward to working with her,” Kenny said.
Ron McAndrew calls Black “a first-class law enforcement officer,” and “a natural leader.”
“We’re in good hands,” said McAndrew, whose wife, Lynne McAndrew, is a council member.
Black, who is single with no children, is 43, and joined the department as a part-time officer in August 1997.
She concedes there will be “challenges,” but says she’s “ready” and is “excited” about her new position.
“I want to move forward. I believe in community policing, just like the last chief, and it’s going to be an easy transition,” Black said.
The interim chief said she’s familiar with the community and believes the change will be “smooth.”
Though she says she was surprised by Free’s decision, she said she does not want to worry about the past and the agency will survive.
Free’s arrival in Dunnellon last year was as controversial as his departure was this week.
Bad Recruits-more on Free

United States

#10 Jun 20, 2012
He joined the Dunnellon Police Department in March 2008, after being fired from his job as Flagler Beach police chief. The acting city manager in Flagler Beach, Bernie Murphy, said at the time that Free was let go because he failed to provide adequate training for officers and was often absent from the office during the workday.
Murphy wrote to Free on Sept. 24, 2007, that his job performance was unsatisfactory, that there were union complaints, widespread problems with morale, and that Free failed to purchase budgeted police cars and apply for grants for a victim advocate program.
The letter further states Free failed to provide adequate training for the city’s police officers even though there were adequate funds and that he often was absent from the police department during the workday and was unavailable to provide direction.
The Coastal Florida Police Benevolent Association supported Free’s termination from Flagler Beach, saying in a 2007 press release that there were “serious morale problems within the agency.”
But Dunnellon council members who selected Free said they investigated his background before hiring him and were satisified with his qualifications for the job.
How about Richard Hatler

United States

#11 Jun 20, 2012
United States Court of Appeals,
Fifth Circuit.
No. 95-10360.
Jan FORSYTH, Richard Kirks, Plaintiffs-Appellees Cross-Appellants,
v.
CITY OF DALLAS, TX, et al., Defendants,
CITY OF DALLAS, TX, Willard Rollins, Richard Hatler, Defendant-Appellant Cross-Appellee.
Aug. 16, 1996.
Aug. 16, 1996.
Appeals from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.
Before POLITZ, Chief Judge, and BARKSDALE and JONES, Circuit Judges.
EDITH H. JONES, Circuit Judge:
Jan Forsyth and Richard Kirks were veteran undercover detectives in the Intelligence Unit of
the Dallas Police Department ("DPD"). They alleged, both to superior officers in the DPD and later
to the media, that several high-ranking DPD officers had participated in illegal wiretapping that
interfered with a sensitive undercover investigation. After the Dallas Morning News ran two articles
about their allegations, Forsyth and Kirks were transferred from the Intelligence Unit to night
uniformed patrol. Forsyth and Kirks sued the City of Dallas ("the City"), and Officers Willard
Rollins, Richard Hatler, and Mack Vines for retaliating against them in violation of 42 U.S.C.§ 1983
and the Texas Whistleblower Act, TEX.CIV.STAT.ANN. art. 6252-16a (1992), because they had
exercised their First Amendment rights to free speech. After a jury trial, the district court entered
judgment against the City, Rollins, and Hatler, assessing a total of $175,000 in actual damages,$1
million in exemplary damages, and $153,470 in attorneys' fees and costs. The district court granted
judgment as a matter of law to the defendants on Kirks's claim for lost wages. Both sides now
appeal. We affirm the district court's judgment.
I. BACKGROUND
At the time of this suit, Forsyth and Kirks were conducting an undercover drug "sting" in
1
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conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Agency. Through
a complex series of events related to the sting, a Dallas lawyer (Barr) and a politically influential
Dallas businessman (Grogan) decided to level a complaint against Forsyth and Kirks with the DPD.
The Internal Affairs ("IA") division of the DPD investigated the complaint and exonerated Forsyth
and Kirks. A copy of the IA report was given to Forsyth.
From this report, Forsyth and Kirks formed a belief that several high-ranking officers within
the DPD had engaged in illegal wiretapping. They complained about the alleged wiretaps to several
superior officers in the DPD. Forsyth and Kirks contend their complaints were ignored.
Subsequently, Forsyth and Kirks turned the IA report over to their attorneys and instructed
the attorneys to "go public" with their allegations that several high-ranking DPD officers had engaged
in illegal wiretaps. On February 5, 1989, the Dallas Morning News ran a front page article about
Forsyth's and Kirks's allegations. Two days later, Forsyth and Kirks were called to a meeting with
their supervisors, Chief Rollins and Assistant Chief Hatler. Forsyth and Kirks testified that Rollins
and Hatler told them to "stop the publicity" and threatened to transfer them from the Intelligence Unit
if any further publicity ensued.
Ex trooper

United States

#12 Jun 20, 2012
The city needs to check James Von Debrow’s background on why he got transferred out of the D.P.S. Academy and put into issuing out Drivers Licenses. He assaulted someone there at the Academy.
What The

United States

#13 Jun 20, 2012
Sounds Like the City Did not attract the best candidates
CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY

United States

#14 Jun 20, 2012
I graduated from the first Citizen's Police Academy and I know that Favela was a Captain so he can't be the third person. The way I understood the nws article the three persons were immediatelly dropped and now they are checking these 10 maybe Karen just left some names out. Looks like some more will have to be dropped. I wonder who investigates the applicant's background. I still stay in touch with the officers and they are unanimous that they are fed up with the city hiring D.P.S. guys who know nothing about municipal policing. The current chief was a Lt the previous one was a Captain and the one before that was a Sgt and none of them had a clue about running a police department
So soon

United States

#15 Jun 20, 2012
great job Favela supporters! You've made your point as to who ends as Chief from your processes of elimination. Here we go again Del Rio with more of the same from within. Anyone look into asking about what could happen if they hire from within? From the "crew" of entrenched officers? Going backwards from what I hear, WAY backwards and that is putting it nicely.
So soon

United States

#16 Jun 20, 2012
Ask other law enforcement aOUTSIDE OF PD, about the current and possible hire from within and how Del Rio will be in a world of hurt...I can't believe this is eve being contemplated. We're screwed if we don't change this broken system and have outside look in and find the skeletons in every closet...
ROBERT GUZMAN

United States

#17 Jun 20, 2012
No you lazy azz we have not asked what would happen but your lazy ignorent ass and all your lazy ass relatives at PD would be gone
hey pelado

United States

#18 Jun 21, 2012
the next chief needs to get rid of Brandon Vasquez, Robert Maldonado,William Rattay,William Culpepper,Manny Herrera,Fedrerick Knoll,Ro0bert GUZMAN lmof just kidding just because they don't do shit don't mean we should not pay them
hey

United States

#19 Jun 21, 2012
Hey bad recruit....you cantx get indicted on a misdemeanor.... Smart guy
NothingNew

Dallas, TX

#20 Jun 21, 2012
Bad Recruits-more on Free wrote:
He joined the Dunnellon Police Department in March 2008, after being fired from his job as Flagler Beach police chief. The acting city manager in Flagler Beach, Bernie Murphy, said at the time that Free was let go because he failed to provide adequate training for officers and was often absent from the office during the workday.
Murphy wrote to Free on Sept. 24, 2007, that his job performance was unsatisfactory, that there were union complaints, widespread problems with morale, and that Free failed to purchase budgeted police cars and apply for grants for a victim advocate program.
The letter further states Free failed to provide adequate training for the city’s police officers even though there were adequate funds and that he often was absent from the police department during the workday and was unavailable to provide direction.
The Coastal Florida Police Benevolent Association supported Free’s termination from Flagler Beach, saying in a 2007 press release that there were “serious morale problems within the agency.”
But Dunnellon council members who selected Free said they investigated his background before hiring him and were satisified with his qualifications for the job.
Sounds like you really want to be the Top Cop, to dig up so much dirt on only a hand full of applicants. Process of elimination.

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