Congratulations OF Police Chief Anderson

Congratulations OF Police Chief Anderson

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Promote from within

Alsip, IL

#1 Sep 9, 2011

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Police chief finalists named

No internal candidates from Denton department chosen for top-five list

12:33 AM CDT on Thursday, September 8, 2011
By Donna Fielder and Lowell Brown / Staff Writers

City administrators have narrowed a field of 80 candidates for police chief to five, according to an announcement late Wednesday afternoon.

Only one of the candidates is local, and there are no finalists from within the department.

City Manager George Campbell said that all five finalists will be interviewed Sept. 14 and that an announcement of the new chief will take place either that day or shortly afterward.

Denton County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Lee Howell was the only local finalist. Howell, who was a career officer and a captain with the police department before taking over as the second-in-command at the sheriff’s office, was also a finalist in 2007, when the city hired Roy Minter from a Colorado police department.

Howell declined comment Wednesday.

Two of the finalists are from Illinois.

Gregory J. Anderson is police chief of Oak Forest and Randall D. McKinley is police chief of Bloomington.

Glen Fowler, deputy police chief of Allen, is the fourth finalist, and William A. Read, a major in the Fort Worth Police Department, is the fifth.

All three captains within the Denton department applied for the job, Campbell said.

“After we got down to the last 12 to 15 candidates, eventually those three [internal candidates] were cut back based on additional interviews with those candidates by the consultant and comparing them to the profile for the job that was written prior to the search,” Campbell said.“We just concluded that as strong as those candidates were, we needed to get it down to the final five, which did not include those three candidates.”

In May, the city contracted with Waters Consulting Group Inc., the firm that brought Minter to Denton, to conduct a nationwide search to replace him after he resigned to become police chief of Peoria, Ariz., in February.

The firm reviewed and screened the applications and will help the city executive staff with the decision.
watcher

Oak Forest, IL

#2 Sep 10, 2011
No wonder morale is in the toilet over there
Just asking

Alsip, IL

#4 Sep 11, 2011
We hired an outside candidate and he is looking somewhere else. If he leaves, are we going to do the same thing again or would we give one of our own officers a chance? Maybe if we did, that person might care more about our city. Same thing with economic development. They work for an outside company based in Villa Park. Is that why this city is doing so well?
DAISY

Chicago, IL

#5 Sep 12, 2011
Well we all know where the Police Cheif will be on SEPT.14th..So LT ..Keep the City safe.YAP. In Denton Texas.
Seems as thou the city has hired several people that don't care about us. One Being the Mayor, Why is it that the EDC. Girl spends her time with the Camera ,while not bringing business into town. Did we hire her for that JOB? Look at all the money we spend on Funny Stuff. Watch T.V. and you'll see what I mean. Going to bowling alleys ,Galeic Park to show how they cook,as well as many other places. Shouldn't she be in the office trying to Help Adam get things done. oh well we pay people to stand around in Oak Forest or drive our Trucks all over as they are MARKED! HEY Mayor do your job get those trucks marked...
Anthony P

Blue Island, IL

#6 Sep 13, 2011
When you pay peanuts, they will stray. If you hire from within, they will also stray to be the Chief somewhere else.
analogy

Chicago, IL

#7 Sep 14, 2011
Adam Dunn is to White Sox
as
Chief Anderson is to Oak Forest
ResandPO

Lansing, IL

#8 Sep 15, 2011
What a statement that makes. Hasnt done shit here and wants to leave already. Buh Bye!!! So if he gets passed over, and returns to OFPD, how can he demand loyalty and commitment from his officers??? Mayor Hank and Council have to fire him if he does return.
ResandPO

Cicero, IL

#9 Sep 15, 2011
So I just read he did not get the job in Denton. What do you tell the guys on the job and your bosses?
Anthony P

Blue Island, IL

#10 Sep 15, 2011
He was passed up in Denton, Texas today. I hear he is also aiming for Tinley Park spot.
watcher

Oak Forest, IL

#11 Sep 16, 2011
heard he has another interview in Texas next week
Cop

Chicago, IL

#12 Sep 16, 2011
ResandPO wrote:
So I just read he did not get the job in Denton. What do you tell the guys on the job and your bosses?
Where did you read this?
Denton names Police Chief

Harvey, IL

#13 Sep 16, 2011
City Manager names Police Chief
Posted Date: 9/15/2011 Denton, Texas – City Manager George Campbell announced today the appointment of Warren Lee Howell to the position of Police Chief for the City of Denton. Howell will begin his employment on or before Oct. 31, 2011 and will oversee the operations of the Police Department and Animal Services Unit. Howell was selected from a field of five finalist identified from a nationwide search.
“Lee is a highly qualified and skilled individual with a long and distinguished law enforcement career. His six plus years experience with the Sheriff’s Office, coupled with his experience at the Denton Police Department, prepared him to compete very effectively with other highly qualified law enforcement executive candidates. A comparison of the best qualified individuals is critical in making a selection for this very important position in our organization and community. Lee’s familiarity with the Denton Police Department’s operations and personnel, and with the Denton community, makes him the ideal candidate for our next Police Chief,” said Mr. Campbell.
Howell currently serves as the Chief Deputy Sheriff for the Denton County Sheriff’s Office. He has over 30 years of law enforcement experience, with over 15 years of progressively responsible command and executive level experience in all areas of administration and management. His duties as Chief Deputy Sheriff include oversight of almost 600 employees assigned to over 15 functional areas, preparation and administration of the budget, and establishment of long term goals and plans.
Howell left the Denton Police Department (DPD) in Dec. 2004, at the rank of Captain, to serve at the Denton County Sheriff’s Office. He began his career at DPD in Feb. 1981 and held various positions including, Field Training Officer, Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain. He had responsibilities over the preparation of the department budget, command of various areas including, Training, Communications, Records, Jail, Warrants, Property and Evidence, Court Bailiffs, Duty Officers and Computer Technology. He also supervised Criminal Investigations and Narcotics operations, managed Internal Affairs functions, and managed the Tactical Unit.
"I am proud to have been selected to lead an organization like the Denton Police Department, which has a long tradition of being one of the most professional and innovative law enforcement agencies in the country. I look forward to working with these men and women to continue this tradition and keep Denton as one of the safest communities in the state,” stated Howell.“Participating in the nationwide search process was beneficial to me as I learned a great deal about the management team of the City and I am very impressed with the leadership and quality of the people I will be working with. I have personally known several of the candidates and met several others for the first time and all of these individuals are highly qualified law enforcement professionals.”
Howell holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences from the University of North Texas. He also has extensive Law Enforcement Training including: FBI National Academy, 30th Management College at the Southwestern Law Enforcement Institute (ILEA), and Command Institute for Law Enforcement Executives. He holds Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) certifications for Master Peace Officer and Instructor. He was awarded a Police Commendation Award in 1985 and 1994, Meritorious Conduct Award in 2002, and Supervisor of the Year in 2002 while at DPD.
Get Out

Chicago, IL

#14 Sep 16, 2011
Anderson is one of those guys who somehow keeps moving up the corporate ladder by doing nothing. He was a terrible pick and our city leaders should be embarrassed. Kuspa, this guy used you as a stepping stone. He has zero loyalty to the citizens, police force, and town. PROMOTE FROM WITHIN!! Promote someone that truly has stock in the situation and the future of O.F. Ideally, pick a good cop that lives in O.F. A cop who has kids in our schools. A cop who wants to stay on the job to better HIS town. That is the kind of guy that we need.
Cop

Chicago, IL

#15 Sep 16, 2011
Kuspa tried to appoint from within the first time around and the Kelly faction of the City council turned Jensen down. Toland and Simon supported an appointment from within.
Try it again

Alsip, IL

#16 Sep 18, 2011
Kelly is gone now. Get rid of Anderson and promote one of our own. He obviously has no stake in Oak Forest and already has a pension from another town.
Cop

Chicago, IL

#17 Sep 18, 2011
Looka like Denton was playing the old search fraud while knowing from the start they were going to appoint locally. Many town do this. Can't blame Anderson for his appointment, he didn't appoint himself. It was done by the city council over the objection of the mayor who was left with no choice, so blame the Aldermen.
Really

Chicago, IL

#18 Sep 18, 2011
Try it again wrote:
Kelly is gone now. Get rid of Anderson and promote one of our own. He obviously has no stake in Oak Forest and already has a pension from another town.
Amderson appointed by Kuspa, not Kelly! Internet candidate that should have been chief just couldn't keep his pants on!
Seriously

Forest Park, IL

#19 Sep 18, 2011
Totally agree, if he doesn't want to be here, he shouldn't be here. Sad thing is they would probably have to buy him out of his contract.
ResandPO wrote:
What a statement that makes. Hasnt done shit here and wants to leave already. Buh Bye!!! So if he gets passed over, and returns to OFPD, how can he demand loyalty and commitment from his officers??? Mayor Hank and Council have to fire him if he does return.
Seriously

Forest Park, IL

#20 Sep 18, 2011
Was Jensen the only candidate they considered? What about some of the Lt's. I really like one. I think his name is Shaunessey or some Irish name similar to that.
Cop wrote:
Kuspa tried to appoint from within the first time around and the Kelly faction of the City council turned Jensen down. Toland and Simon supported an appointment from within.
Seriously

Forest Park, IL

#21 Sep 18, 2011
Internet Candidate that couldn't keep his pants on? Please explain.
Really wrote:
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Amderson appointed by Kuspa, not Kelly! Internet candidate that should have been chief just couldn't keep his pants on!

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