Council approves Stewart interim police chief
Following a lengthy discussion Tuesday night, the Laurel City Council voted to confirm Laurel Police Department Deputy Chief Tyrone Stewart as the City of Laurel's new interim police chief.
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#1 May 5, 2011
I don't understand. How can the Laurel City Council vote to do something so unethical as to give someone holding the top law enforcement position absolute power. The reason there is no civil service protection for a police chief is that if he begins to run amuck then he can be fired. Not this guy. He has absolute power because the governing body elected by the people just gave it to him and now he can do to the people whatever he wants without fear of losing his job. The same people that elected each of you. No other chief in the history of the department, or in the history of any other department for that matter, has ever had this kind of protection, ever. There is a reason for that. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Do the members of the council not understand that they just liabled themselves with this confirmation. At least those that voted for it did. You gave him this tremendous power and if it is abused by him, or any one under his command then you can be held liable as well because you have created an environment that is not supposed to exist in law enforcement. Is this guy really worth all of that?
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