Duncan to head ADPS
Robert A. Duncan, shown above at Tuesday night's city commission meeting, was hired as the director of Alamogordo's Department of Public Safety.
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#1 Dec 19, 2012
Positive direction for this city!
#2 Dec 20, 2012
Yes very good news indeed !!
#3 Dec 20, 2012
Hope Duncan can take care of the still ongoing dissention in the ranks. The same individual - the self appointed officer who has been undermining administration for years - will do the same thing again. He cannot take care of his own job, or the duties he has been appointed to, but he can publicly complain about every administrator, all ADPS departments, and spends all his time running other people down.
Hope Mr. Duncan can get a handle on that before the individual does more damage to department morale etc.
ADPS has said goodbye to officers, detectives, and administrators that had always put the safety of the community first. Even the most dedicated and professional people can only take so much of backbiting and sneaky underhanded tactics as they follow personal agendas.
The majority of us employed within ADPS departments truly hope Mr. Duncan can solve the problem.
#4 Dec 20, 2012
Seems like he has work cut out for him and he is highly qualified but can he do the job, time will tell. Wish him luck.
#5 Dec 20, 2012
@Info From Inside: if what you say is true, and I don't debate it, the best thing to do is bring as many people with this same complaint to the city HR dept to build a file against the hostile person inside the dept. Only with a case of documentation can any business fire an employee. Lodge a real complaint with date, time, what, where. If you're an officer - you know how to right a statement. Get others to join you. It may help the new chief out somewhat. It only takes 1 bad apple to spoil the bunch.
#6 Dec 21, 2012
Info from Inside I guess you didn't read the recent DPS study. If you did you'd realize folks like me in the community know it's not just one disgruntled employee - so you must be part of the select few that personally benefited by past DPS leadership. I imagine you and a few others in DPS are a little nervous about now -realizing the background of your new Chief. After meeting and talking with him I don't think he is going to be swayed by tears, the 'it was Kelly's fault''I didn't know' and 'not my problem' statements. He appears to be a leader with ethics, strong moral character and integrity. These are the qualities of a true leader and much needed in the next chief. If Alamogordo DPS is really going to move forward and regain the trust and respect of community people like me then this new DPS Chief will have to lead by example!
#7 Dec 21, 2012
Insider - You also might not realize the over the past months several current and former DPS officers have been talking to this city commission and others about their concerns about what really has been going on in DPS. If your comments weren't so typical of the current culture within DPS I would laugh at your statements. Really if this was one lone ranger doing so much damage why would they still be employed with DPS? For the majority of decent officers that are doing a good job and have the moral standards that we as a community expect in our DPS, they have nothing to worry about. Its folks like you Insider that need to start checking your pants because in a few short weeks I expect they will be loaded as you realize there is a new Chief in town and a growing citizens 'watch dog' movement to make sure the officers that are entrusted with our public safety are worthy of that responsibility!
#8 Dec 21, 2012
It wasn't one complaint and the documentation against the dissention goes back years and years. People were disciplined, but a certain former city manager made some decisions that were possibly in error regarding some personnel issues and then he bailed. Unfortunately, when other employees believe they are better managers and complain about every element of the structure, spend their time running people down, and undermining efforts of anyone with integrity in any job, it makes life difficult. And it isn't as easy as taking a complaint to HR. The new interim city manager, all the commissioners, and the new director have the full scoop. Things will work out. In fact, some things have already been put in a better order. I'm just saying that a handful of people in any work environment that push an agenda, can make the environment miserable for everyone. We will help Mr. Duncan and wish him the best. Most of us are there to serve the community in a career we worked hard to be a part of. Some employees really don't need to be there any more if they aren't going to play as part of the 'team'
#9 Dec 21, 2012
As an outsider looking in and reading the dps study it is must be alarming to know your own dont trust you. I think the former city manager bailed because he knew what was coming. Lawsuits bring exposure he had lots of explaining to do. The curtain has been lifted how the two former directors and their faithful followers really conducted business
The burden is now on the entire dept to gain trust. Words denials and the good ol boy
razzle dazzle isnt going to cut it anymore.
We know too much about dps so Read the
Study and learn from it because we are watching and waiting for real change.
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