Runnels retirement comes early after ...

Runnels retirement comes early after recent events

There are 111 comments on the Farmington Daily Times story from Dec 1, 2010, titled Runnels retirement comes early after recent events. In it, Farmington Daily Times reports that:

Police Chief Jim Runnels, citing personal health reasons, announced he retired Tuesday, one month before his previously scheduled Dec.

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GWM

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Dec 1, 2010
Looks like more of the tail wagging the dog. Happens at FEUS and all of the rest of this city.

GWM
Capn Crunch

United States

#2 Dec 1, 2010
Nice back tracking Rob what to clarify yourself. Even you know there's a difference between administrative duties and administrative leave. I the memos from other officers on scene weren't going as planned. Guess this couldn't be covered up with the old "Yeah he violated some policies but he apologized and he's retiring so I won't take any action".
Sandman

Phoenix, AZ

#3 Dec 1, 2010
Nothing they can do now.... Unless they find a way to prove he was drinking!
Logic

United States

#4 Dec 1, 2010
Wow once again good ol City of Farmington and Rob Mayes show how stupid they really are. Talk about a bunch of spineless wimps. The article was nothig more than an excuse to sweep everything under the rug yet again and make it sound like no one is at fault. Isn't it time they clean house and start with Rob Mayes. Oh wait, there is no one with enough back bone to do that. Our city council is worthless and mayor even worse. What a joke. And then to find that Westall is the ONLY person that applied for the job as PC. Come on what's up with that??? Better look outside then if you only have one application in house. Once again a total joke!
Anonymous

Aztec, NM

#5 Dec 1, 2010
He should have called in sick. Drank Vodka, or the people should have had enough tolerance to back him up.
We Need Another Change

Albuquerque, NM

#6 Dec 1, 2010
Do you really think their would be any others apply for the chief's job other than Westall, Mayes? To do so would be career suicide for anyone else in the department to apply. If Westall is given the chief's position without looking outside for a replacement for Runnels, you may as well expect the same old "good ole boy" coverup standards to apply. Westall is not the man you apparently believe him to be. He's not respected on bit by the admin and officers who've worked with him for years at the PD because anyone who's been there a while knows he's just another lying, cheating, backstabbing snake in the grass who's made his way up by stepping on other officer's backs. He was a sissy boy working on the street, couldn't go on a call by himself or if he did, he always called dispatch to send a backup officer. If he's the only one who's applied within the department, that should spell it out for you. Everybody knows how he is and knows if they tried to compete agains't him and if they didn't get the position, he would nail them the first chance he got. Don't be stupid!! Look outside the department before just handing such an important position to Westall so he can drag FPD further into the snake pit. Of course you should also realize if you interview other admin or officers at FPD about Westall, nothing negative will be said because they know he will someway pay them back later if he's appointed chief.
BTW

Farmington, NM

#7 Dec 1, 2010
He deserves a drink after surviving a career in the police force. Leave the gentleman alone. There's bigger fish to go after than this one.
GEOMAX

United States

#8 Dec 1, 2010
I wonder if he drove to the scene in a city vehicle? Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs is against the law and city policy. Of course, the CITY will let him get away with this - continue with the spin, tail wagging, etc.... Remember BUZZ driving is DRUNK driving!!
We Need Another Change

Albuquerque, NM

#9 Dec 1, 2010
That should've been "there". Too early to be typing I suppose.
Goodbye Jim

Albuquerque, NM

#10 Dec 1, 2010
Sad note to end such a long career but you'll be happier away from the department Jim. Thank you for your service but couldn't you have left somebody other than Westall next in line? Or, are you just leaving us what you think the department deserves? Bad joke Jim. Bad, bad joke.
Freedom Fighter

Farmington, NM

#11 Dec 1, 2010
When the going gets tough, the tough retires! Rather than prove his innocence to the public, Runnels tucks his tail between his legs and openly displays his GUILT for all to see, and to add insult to injury.....he'll live happily ever after in the land of retirement! Paradoxically in "the Land of Entrapment" the laws are reversed for the "good ole boy's" in blue!
Thanks Jim

Farmington, NM

#12 Dec 1, 2010
Thanks for your years of faithful service Jim. I don't blame you for moving to Texas. Many of us will be right behind you to escape this dustbowl town.
Dang - Did it Wrong

United States

#13 Dec 1, 2010
So Jim screwed up at the end. Doesn't change the good things he did early on. Agree that Westall would be a disaster. Looks like Farmington is so deep in the hole it can't get out. Get a new police chief, city manager, and if the city council can't get it together, get rid of them too. There's no place for honest people in city management with this crew running things...thanks Jim for your service, sorry you had to go out dirty.
5 - 0 Farmington

Santa Fe, NM

#14 Dec 1, 2010
Freedom Fighter wrote:
When the going gets tough, the tough retires! Rather than prove his innocence to the public, Runnels tucks his tail between his legs and openly displays his GUILT for all to see, and to add insult to injury.....he'll live happily ever after in the land of retirement! Paradoxically in "the Land of Entrapment" the laws are reversed for the "good ole boy's" in blue!
You sound jealous with our comment, easy to sit behind your computer and make statements unfortunately few on these boards would ever come out.
Hmmmm

United States

#15 Dec 1, 2010
health reasons = Rehab
stir the pot

Tularosa, NM

#16 Dec 1, 2010
Alls well that ends well. As I see it, we should be grateful for Runnels service all those years.
So there was the "smell" of alcohol on him with no impairment of his senses. BIG DEAL.
I say to Runnels, walk away and put Farmington behind you.
Enjoy your retirement, you earned it and then some.
Cover Up

United States

#18 Dec 1, 2010
stir the pot wrote:
Alls well that ends well. As I see it, we should be grateful for Runnels service all those years.
So there was the "smell" of alcohol on him with no impairment of his senses. BIG DEAL.
I say to Runnels, walk away and put Farmington behind you.
Enjoy your retirement, you earned it and then some.
But how do we know if there was no impairment? From all the posts by bitter cops/city employees on here it sounds like no one is brave enough to say what really happens. They all run around trying to be very PC to keep their jobs. It appears that unless they join the good ol boy club and cover up like the city manager does and the city council etc that we have no way of knowing what the truth is. Sounds like he could have been falling down drunk and no one would be man enough to do anything about it. Oh well chalk another one up for Mayes and his band of losers. I guess FPD problems are much worse than the Fire Department ever thought of being.
MARK

Houston, TX

#19 Dec 1, 2010
5 - 0 Farmington wrote:
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You sound jealous with our comment, easy to sit behind your computer and make statements unfortunately few on these boards would ever come out.
I will come out punk! You sound like a bad cop dude.
MARK

Houston, TX

#20 Dec 1, 2010
Hey Runnells let me buy you a beer, and your driving dude lolol.
stir the pot

Tularosa, NM

#21 Dec 1, 2010
Cover Up wrote:
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But how do we know if there was no impairment? From all the posts by bitter cops/city employees on here it sounds like no one is brave enough to say what really happens. They all run around trying to be very PC to keep their jobs. It appears that unless they join the good ol boy club and cover up like the city manager does and the city council etc that we have no way of knowing what the truth is. Sounds like he could have been falling down drunk and no one would be man enough to do anything about it. Oh well chalk another one up for Mayes and his band of losers. I guess FPD problems are much worse than the Fire Department ever thought of being.
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We can all speculate and build fantasies in our own imagination about what might have happened. BUT only Runnels himself knows the whole truth about that night. Only he knows how much, if any he drank and if he was impaired.
He earned his retirement through years on the job. So just let him enjoy it.

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