Wilton promotes sergeant to police chief

Wilton has appointed a new police chief, more than a month after its previous chief resigned in support of an officer accused of using excessive force. Full Story
Chad Said

Muscatine, IA

#1 May 15, 2006
I would like to wish Chief Leathers the best of luck in his new position. I believe the City Coucil did a good job in picking Leathers. Leathers, in my opinion is one of the nicest guys I know and it was refreshing to see him as a new officer but not get the "new officer" mentality that some guys tend to get once the badge is pinned on. I believe that Chief Leathers will do a good job especially if the Mayor and City Council allow HIM to run the police department and not try to do it themselves. That is the whole reason for hiring someone you feel confident in being experienced enough and level headed enough to run the agency is so the Council doesn't have too. The Chief should advise the Mayor and the Council on major issues as they occur and brief them on how he is handling it, not be told how to handle everything. When that occurs the Chief is nothing more than a figure head and not the "leader" of his department and that soon leads to problems.
I'm not saying the Chief should be allowed to continue doing something if it is wrong, but the Chief should be afforded the chance to lead and make the necessary decisions that his experience dictates is good for the department.
Good Luck Chief Leathers!
none of your business

Davenport, IA

#2 May 24, 2006
Tim is a good guy,but did not deserve to be chief.
Chris Penn

Muscatine, IA

#3 May 25, 2006
none of your business wrote:
Tim is a good guy,but did not deserve to be chief.
None of your business why do you not think that Tim does not deserve to be the Chief? Did you apply but did not get an offer? I think Tim will do a great job as long as the city will allow him to run the department.
Chad Said

Muscatine, IA

#4 May 25, 2006
None of your business, give Tim a chance, I understand he is not as experienced (law enforcement)as some of the other candidates. Tim is however very community oriented and has a great "people person" type personality which I feel will be invaluable when dealing with "small town politics". I saw him and his family at the 10 cent family deal in town the other day, Tim was mingling with the public, smiling, shaking hands and talking to anyone who was interested in doing so. I'm just saying give him a chance before you pass judgement. I am not saying that any of the other candidates would not have been able to do a good job, but Tim was selected for qualities the city council felt fit the city.
Silent

Wilton, IA

#5 May 30, 2006
this is some interesting things said in here.
Matt Conrad

Wilton, IA

#6 Jun 7, 2006
Really people do need to give Tim a chance.. Look at Tims background with the church. I got the chance to work with him and that man never said a bad word about anyone. Tim is the kind of guy that will do his job and do it to the best of his abilities. Hopefully Tim will be able to correct some of the problems that have arose in the police department from past leadership. And for the people who don't think Tim is right for the job please give me a good reason why. I don't think you could come up with one, besides the fact that he is a police officer in which you probably had a negative run in with the law at one time.

Best of luck to you Tim.
Inside Man

Ottumwa, IA

#7 Sep 16, 2011
I have seen Tim in action, he is a very busy guy indeed. Writing all those sermons and making church related calls all day when he should be out patroling and keeping the city safe. And I tought Mallinger was a lazy F$@k.
Adam-12

Redmond, WA

#8 Dec 10, 2011
Remember your I understand he is not as experienced as other candidates comment when some other copper or member of the public is being shot at or batted around like a ball. To be a police chief you better have it all in one basket, years of experiance, education and plenty of time on the street. Public education is great but I do not care if you are in New York City or Wilton Iowa a cop is still a cop and they get killed all the time doing their job. The nice guy thing stops when the badge gos on. As for your mayor he sounds like an asshole.
Inside Man

Ottumwa, IA

#9 Apr 12, 2012
Well PRAISE JESUS!!!! Instead of a ticket he could give a blessing. He is too busy ramming his nose up the Mayors' puckered butt to go out and patrol.

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