Police Chief Everett to retire on Apr...

Police Chief Everett to retire on April 30

There are 17 comments on the The New Braunfels Herald story from Mar 24, 2010, titled Police Chief Everett to retire on April 30. In it, The New Braunfels Herald reports that:

New Braunfels Police Chief Ron Everett announced his retirement Wednesday afternoon effective April 30.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at The New Braunfels Herald.

Celeste R

Dallas, TX

#1 Mar 24, 2010
yeahhhhh right...it has nothing at all to do with the investigation into wrongdoing that just happened to take place only weeks ago?! Granted I don't work there so I don't know first hand but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see this for what it is!
Gran Smith

Dallas, TX

#2 Mar 24, 2010
My husband and I take coffee downtown most mornings now that we're retired and we hear a lot of rumblings about this issue. The rumors themselves don't bear repeating as they're just hearsay but suffice it to say that if the man caused so much unrest and discontent among his people, then he may not be the right one for that job. I sincerely wish the very best for the men and women that protect our community. Their job is stressful and difficult enough and they need a strong, fair leader. God bless them.

Dallas, TX

#3 Mar 30, 2010
nananana hey hey hey goodbye
Figure it out

Sterling, VA

#4 Apr 20, 2010
About time. And Morrison you need to stay in your lane as the city manager when you say things like the department could have executed better with team work. I dont believe you have stepped foot in the Police Department but you know all about team work dont you.

San Antonio, TX

#5 Apr 20, 2010
I can't say you can blame it on Everett, but instead the stab you in the back to further yourself employees that work underneath him...

Dallas, TX

#6 Apr 24, 2010
anon wrote:
I can't say you can blame it on Everett, but instead the stab you in the back to further yourself employees that work underneath him...
Do you speak English? Your comment doesn't even make any sense there, San Antonio. Get your facts straight. I, we, each and all of us can and WILL blame Everett for his fair share. He is to blame for failing in his role and dumping morale into the toilet, not to mention other HUGE issues YOU would know nothing about but have been confirmed by unbiased outside resources. Morrison is to blame for mishandling and mismanaging our city departments, personnel issues (please refer to Everett's ridiculous severance package for RETIRING)(also the hiring of Interim chief at an extra salary when there is already a perfectly capable Asst. Chief on payroll ready to step into that role) budget, and a myriad of other debacles with his fingerprints all over them. He needs to go the direction of Everett. OUTTA HERE. ANYWHERE BUT HERE. Enough damage done.

Shut your pie hole until you have something useful and intelligent to contribute.

Dallas, TX

#7 Apr 24, 2010
Figure it out wrote:
About time. And Morrison you need to stay in your lane as the city manager when you say things like the department could have executed better with team work. I dont believe you have stepped foot in the Police Department but you know all about team work dont you.

Dallas, TX

#8 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 Toney’s 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 city’s 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 manager’s 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 chief’s absence.

You would also have to question the fact that Chief Everett is receiving a severance package, which includes four month’s 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.

The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Dallas, TX

#9 Apr 24, 2010

New Braunfels City Council to Review Performance of City Manager at Monday's MeetingSubmitted by admin on Fri, 04/23/2010 - 07:15
The annual evaluation of New Braunfels City Manager Michael Morrison is set for next week, as part of City Council’s regular monthly meeting. Near the end of the night, City Council will convene in executive session behind closed doors to discuss the performance of the city manager.

But as Mayor Bruce Boyer told us earlier this week on the Monday’s with the Mayor Show, the recent shake-up at the New Braunfels Police Department will be an item that’s discussed at Monday night’s performance review. The City Manager is in charge of hiring, firing, and managing nearly all city department heads, including the Police Chief’s position, as part of the City Council/City Manager form of government that New Braunfels uses. But the City Manager’s boss is City Council as a whole, which is in charge of hiring, firing, and managing the head of the city government. At issue right now is the management of the police chief’s position by the city manager, on the heels of Chief Ron Everett’s sudden retirement, just a couple of weeks after a report was issued detailing morale and communication issues within the police department. Everett’s retirement becomes effective next week, on the 30th, and an interim police chief will take over while the city searches for a permanent replacement.

Also on that agenda: Council will consider approving the 4B Board’s recommendation to fund improvements to Goodwin Lane, out past FM 306, for roughly 1.1-million dollars. That’s on top of the 800-thousand dollars in funding also up for approval Monday for the runway repair project at the City Airport, and another 400-thousand dollars that 4B Board wants to set aside for future airport development.

City Council will also hear a presentation from the Lone Star Commuter Rail group on the possibility of having that rail line come through New Braunfels. Lone Star Rail announced last November that it’s moving closer to its goal of connecting San Antonio to Austin with a commuter rail line, and now they are holding public meetings along the I-35 corridor to discuss the economic impact of bringing that commuter rail system through a particular area, plus details like where to put potential train stations. Lone Star Rail already has multiyear funding commitments from the San Antonio and Austin metropolitan planning organizations, and TXDOT equaling 40-million dollars, and they have an additional 16.4-million in federal dollars. But that’s a far cry from the estimated 800-million dollars it would take to build that commuter rail system. But Lone Star Rail still hopes to find that funding, and they are holding out hope that they could begin offering preliminary services as early as 2012.

Again, that annual performance review will come as part of City Council’s regular monthly meeting, which is set for this Monday at 6pm, in Council Chambers at City Hall.


Dallas, TX

#10 Apr 27, 2010
Hey Hammer...I think "anon" hit a nerve with you. Perhaps you are one of those "stab you in the back to further yourself" type of people. You should check your facts because the last info I heard was that the unbiased outside sources you referenced confirmed nothing and found that Everett did nothing wrong and that is public record so if you do not agree go down to city hall and ask for it. In fact it found that this was all a bunch of personality conflicts and whining. The facts are more like this from the hard working folks I know in the department...most of the employees don't really know what is going on and don't agree with actions like the article you posted by the so called Association's "unified front." That means that this is a select few who have conspired and planned to smear someone who held people accountable and pushed people to achieve more. All I have read for the past several years is positive things in the paper about the police department and since Everett there are more programs in the community than ever before. Look at the youth alcohol awareness program, the neighborhood crime watches, the public education and crime prevention program, graffiti abatement, kid fingerprinting. I know these programs are manned by the hard working officers but these were all started under Everett. Sounds like a lot of progress and positive in only 3 years. None of these programs were even mentioned or thought about in the past in this community or under any other police chief. Didn't the last guy allow two supervisors to keep their jobs after making racial slurs to a subordinate!

Everyone should focus some of their aggression and questioning toward our elected council members and mayor who have voted and approved budgets for the past 2-3 years that included pay freezes, hiring freezes, and no pay raises for all city employees. I am not talking about the "hey its been a good year" raises or the cost of living increases...I am talking about raises for longevity/step raises for being a tenured employee. I have heard that there are 20+ year officers making $1.50 an hour more than someone who started last year. How's that for taking care of your employees? I dont agree with our city council's priorities. Too much focus on keeping the golf course green, hanging historic plaques on old buildings, felony coolers, and the starving children in Darfur. Not enough focus on the folks that put out the fires, pave the streets, mow the greens, pick up the trash, and oh yeah catch the bad guys. That is your morale problem and not Everett nor Morrison nor the next Chief nor the next city manager can fix that!
John Sullivan

San Antonio, TX

#11 Apr 28, 2010
Hammer and Candor it looks like both of you are police department employees. Instead of slinging mud in a public forum anonymously there is a monthly Police Officer's Association meeting for dealing with issues like these. Now is the time we need to pull together as a department. Hopefully there were no personal agendas involved in the complaints with the Chief, personally I have more faith in our association than that. Now that he is gone, we need to move forward and focus on the job at hand.
Chris Peltier

New Braunfels, TX

#12 Apr 29, 2010
John Sullivan wrote:
Hammer and Candor it looks like both of you are police department employees. Instead of slinging mud in a public forum anonymously there is a monthly Police Officer's Association meeting for dealing with issues like these. Now is the time we need to pull together as a department. Hopefully there were no personal agendas involved in the complaints with the Chief, personally I have more faith in our association than that. Now that he is gone, we need to move forward and focus on the job at hand.
I concur. We as a department need to pull together and quit the bickering amungst each other. I too think that if you have "complaints" about how the NBPOA Board is running things, show up to a meeting and let's discuss it. Quit hiding and bitching in the background and get invovled. This is OUR department, lets make it a great one!

Montgomery, AL

#13 May 1, 2010
What everyone needs to understand is that these types of public forums, comments, personal attacks, and news articles are full of nothing but half truths. There are probably only one or two people who really know the whole truth. I know it is our God given right to speak freely but that doesn’t mean that we should always use it unless you really know what is going on and can speak fact or provide an argument that is based on fact. You should also reserve forming an opinion on an issue until you have weighed all the facts. Unless you are charged with being in a position and making those tough decisions or have been in that same position and have experience in making those tough decisions then you really have no right to judge or criticise.“Never judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes.”

The bad news about leadership and management, and this is fact that can be verified with a little research. No on likes change, everyone resists it. There will never be enough money to pay your people what they are truly worth. There will never be enough hours in the day, staffing, equipment, training, or money to make everyone happy. Unfortunately it is the job of the leader/manager/supervisor to be a change agent and to deliver this bad news and then suffer the inevitable criticism.

The bottom line is that everyone should “Let sleeping dogs lie” and move on. The now former Chief has moved on, the Interim is here and deserves a fair chance to guide the transition to a new Chief, and when the new Chief is selected he or she deserves the support of this community, cooperation from the police department, and a fair chance to make change and make a difference. It is time for the police department to refocus on it’s priorities and goals and get back to the business at hand; keeping our community safe and putting bad guys in jail.

In the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Simon & Schuster 1992), Steven Covey talks about the fact that everyone has a Circle of Concern that encompasses a wide range of concerns that we all have, such as our families, our health, problems at work, government spending, etc. Inside the Circle of Concern is the Circle of Influence that encompasses those concerns that we can do something about or have control over. Covey defines proactive as “being responsible for our own lives…our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions.” Proactive people focus on issues within their circle of influence. They put their energy toward things that they can do something about.

Everyone needs to refocus on their Circle of Influence.
Anon II

San Antonio, TX

#14 May 2, 2010
Obviously, there have been disageements between the City Manager and former Police Chief Everett. Unless Morrison lets the public know the disagreements we will never know the truth. The City Manager is the boss--he stays and anyone who disagrees with him either leaves (resign or retie) or is fired. No middle age/sane Police Chief retires as Everett did. He was fired. For what reason, agsin we will never know. Has anyone made note of how many "good" city eployees have left sincew Morrison become City Manager? The City Council should look into his micro-managing methods. I don't think he has any law enforcement background, and no internal Assistant Chief or any new Chief will tolerate a City Manager dictating on how to run a police department. Good luck in finding a replacement. By the way I liked Chief Everett as our Chief. Did I miss a farewell party for him? His initiated programs were excellent. City Council: When is Morrison's farewell party? I want to be there.
Chris Scott

New Braunfels, TX

#15 May 3, 2010
I'd like to see all these annoymous people actually put their names to their post. I'm with Sullivan, it is obvious some of you are PD employees (or ex-employees), maybe officers that I respect and count on as backup on a daily basis. I would expect more out you than to annonymously lodge complaints on this forum. So your frustrated, I get it; but to gripe annonymously is just plain chicken.
Sarah Smith

Dallas, TX

#16 May 5, 2010
With all due respect Candor, I would guess Anon hit a nerve because his or her post made no sense and we're all dumber for having read it. I'm not even involved in this issue and could care less about the goings on with the inner workings at the police station but seriously even to me you sound like you know too much information to not be an employee. Besides, you're wrong about the kid fingerprint thing at the very least. I had mine done when I was 10 in 1996. I still have the card I was given. I just think you should say truthful things if you're going to come on here and try to prove a point or your position. Regular people in town read these things and it makes you look so unprofessional. Sorry. Just an observation.

Dallas, TX

#18 May 11, 2010
Cooley Reese wrote:
DONt no nuffin bout n odamn popo cheef, but what i gots to no is whare all the WHITE WIMMEN be at???
hook some brother up.
Sorry Cooley-we're on a one moron policy here and Candor got here first.

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