Police Group Questions Hiring Methods for New Morgantown Chief

Mar 7, 2011 Full story: The State Journal 43

The Fraternal Order of Police is raising questions about the decision to hire Morgantown's new police chief, among other issues.

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Juan

Morgantown, WV

#1 Mar 7, 2011
This should be questioned! How can you justify bringing in an outsider AND giving him a huge raise!? I do not like the direction the city of Morgantown is heading!
Kubla

Morgantown, WV

#2 Mar 8, 2011
Read some of the other posts on this Topix page.
Silverstar5

Morgantown, WV

#3 Mar 11, 2011
In the spirit of being fair, my hat is off to the Dominion Post for it's editorial in this mornings paper. I have been critical of the local media but have to say they hit the nail on the head this morning questioning the salary of the new police chief and the cheap raise city employees will be getting. My hope is city residents will take notice of whats going on and make changes in the upcoming city election.
MGW Observer

Morgantown, WV

#4 Mar 11, 2011
Even a blind dog finds a bone every so often...

two in two days now...that's a streak...good job, keep it up!
Morgantown Blue

Morgantown, WV

#5 Mar 13, 2011
The FOP dropped the ball on this one. They remained silent on the whole issue of a new police chief until someone was already hired. Ditto on the pay issue too. The budget was already completed and ready for passage by council before they questioned anything. The local FOP has largly been a social organization for police officers. Lesson learned, never issue a press release without doing your homework and being willing to answer questions. Although their intentions were good, they were made to look like idiots by the slick talking city manager.
Princess X

Morgantown, WV

#6 Mar 13, 2011
There has been an extensive discussion going on for quite some time on Topix about this new police chief issue in Morgantown. I have lived and worked in Morgantown for over 30 years. It is my observation that this is a cycle that this city has gone through several times over the years. Some city council members begin to lose sight of their basic responsibilities and get hung up with the political power and personal issues and slowly take the city off course. It won't last long, both citizens and the media will take notice and will eventually hold them accountable. The movers and shakers will go on their way and a more stable conservative administration will once again take over and get the city back on course. Sadly, there is a cost associated with all this. Right under our noses basic services are being cut so select people can make inflated salaries and important sounding patronage jobs can be added. The citizens aren't the idiots they think we are!
Indano

Morgantown, WV

#7 Nov 6, 2011
Rumors continue to surface of internal issues within the police department. Expect the FOP to be better prepared as the city managers contract ends in December. Remember, the city manager appoints the police chief.
Local Politics

Morgantown, WV

#8 Nov 6, 2011
Indano wrote:
Rumors continue to surface of internal issues within the police department. Expect the FOP to be better prepared as the city managers contract ends in December. Remember, the city manager appoints the police chief.
Don't think it's rumor. Simply, employees and community never warmed up to the idea of bringing outsiders into key positions when qualified people could have been found from within. The current majority of council took exception with the way people were selected and the inflated salaries that were approved. My opinion is that it stands to reason council will soon take their actual first opportunity to address those many concerns that were brought to them. The city manager was hired on a one year contract that expires in December. Other key administrative people are appointed by the city manager. I don't think anyone will be shocked to hear of personnel changes.
Morgantown Blue

Morgantown, WV

#9 Nov 7, 2011
Local Politics wrote:
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Don't think it's rumor. Simply, employees and community never warmed up to the idea of bringing outsiders into key positions when qualified people could have been found from within. The current majority of council took exception with the way people were selected and the inflated salaries that were approved. My opinion is that it stands to reason council will soon take their actual first opportunity to address those many concerns that were brought to them. The city manager was hired on a one year contract that expires in December. Other key administrative people are appointed by the city manager. I don't think anyone will be shocked to hear of personnel changes.
It can't happen soon enough. Saying people never warmed up is quite the understatement.
tbl1234

Saint Albans, WV

#10 Nov 7, 2011
It's amazing to me that this is still an issue with a select group of people. The man has been on the job more than 7 months now, good ideas are being put into motion, grant money is being awarded, officers are being publicly recognized for their good work (something past Chief's have never done), and the same group of complainers are still on this site bemoaning how terrible it is. Stop being critical of things you don't agree with and try being more open to the good things that are happening within the Department and the City. I am happy with what the Chief has been doing and what he is trying to accomplish, and I know for a fact that I am NOT in the minority.
Insider

Morgantown, WV

#11 Nov 8, 2011
tbl1234 wrote:
It's amazing to me that this is still an issue with a select group of people. The man has been on the job more than 7 months now, good ideas are being put into motion, grant money is being awarded, officers are being publicly recognized for their good work (something past Chief's have never done), and the same group of complainers are still on this site bemoaning how terrible it is. Stop being critical of things you don't agree with and try being more open to the good things that are happening within the Department and the City. I am happy with what the Chief has been doing and what he is trying to accomplish, and I know for a fact that I am NOT in the minority.
If you were close to the situation you would know that morale is at an all time low and a record number of employees who are looking for jobs.
tbl1234

Saint Albans, WV

#12 Nov 9, 2011
I am close to the situation. You, along with a FEW other posters want to TRY to place a negative light on the department and the Chief. The fact is, he's doing a good job, making positive changes and you can't stand to see someone actually succeed where you could not.
Morgantown Blue

Morgantown, WV

#13 Nov 9, 2011
tbl1234 wrote:
I am close to the situation. You, along with a FEW other posters want to TRY to place a negative light on the department and the Chief. The fact is, he's doing a good job, making positive changes and you can't stand to see someone actually succeed where you could not.
Please expand on all the good things and positive changes.
Home Cookin

Morgantown, WV

#14 Nov 9, 2011
Local Politics wrote:
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Don't think it's rumor. Simply, employees and community never warmed up to the idea of bringing outsiders into key positions when qualified people could have been found from within. The current majority of council took exception with the way people were selected and the inflated salaries that were approved. My opinion is that it stands to reason council will soon take their actual first opportunity to address those many concerns that were brought to them. The city manager was hired on a one year contract that expires in December. Other key administrative people are appointed by the city manager. I don't think anyone will be shocked to hear of personnel changes.
Agree with your post. It's not a matter of personal feelings or sour grapes whatever you want to call it. I don't know anything about the people that were brought in from out of state. I simply don't like how things were done. This will all end up being another bad example of politicians trying to fix something that wasn't broken at the expense of Mr. John Q. Public
my turn

Morgantown, WV

#15 Nov 10, 2011
i doubt many people really care. my one and only experience with morgantown cops was bad. a lady cop who was so big so could hardly walk made my daughter come to her car because she could not walk up our steps. they must spend al thier pay on food
tbl1234

Saint Albans, WV

#16 Nov 10, 2011
Morgantown Blue wrote:
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Please expand on all the good things and positive changes.
I did in an earlier post. Why don't you expand with specifics on the so called low morale and record numbers of people within the department looking for jobs elsewhere.

The truth is you can't because then you would give your identify away, and we wouldn't want that to happen.

Get your head out of the sand, quit being so negative and trying to stir up trouble, and become more of a team player.
Motown resident

Saint Albans, WV

#17 Nov 10, 2011
my turn wrote:
i doubt many people really care. my one and only experience with morgantown cops was bad. a lady cop who was so big so could hardly walk made my daughter come to her car because she could not walk up our steps. they must spend al thier pay on food
I would bet dollars to donuts, no pun intended, that lady cop is the one who is trying to fuel the fire of all these negative comments. It's well known throughout the community that she applied for the Chief job and wasn't even considered. Can you imagine having that fat a** as Chief of Police. God help us all.
Kubla

Morgantown, WV

#18 Nov 13, 2011
Princess X wrote:
There has been an extensive discussion going on for quite some time on Topix about this new police chief issue in Morgantown. I have lived and worked in Morgantown for over 30 years. It is my observation that this is a cycle that this city has gone through several times over the years. Some city council members begin to lose sight of their basic responsibilities and get hung up with the political power and personal issues and slowly take the city off course. It won't last long, both citizens and the media will take notice and will eventually hold them accountable. The movers and shakers will go on their way and a more stable conservative administration will once again take over and get the city back on course. Sadly, there is a cost associated with all this. Right under our noses basic services are being cut so select people can make inflated salaries and important sounding patronage jobs can be added. The citizens aren't the idiots they think we are!
The above post pretty much sums it up. Previous city councils have done the same thing, bring in outside people with the thinking that it makes us look progressive and in some cases it wasn't a bad idea but the most recent decisions have been met with resistance from the start. The continuing theme has been why fix something that wasn't broke?
Newshound

Morgantown, WV

#19 Nov 22, 2011
Insiders at the city say things are not good and the recently hired leaders have received a luke warm reception at best. I have yet to hear any positive comments which I find disturbing.
tbl1234

Saint Albans, WV

#20 Nov 23, 2011
Newshound wrote:
Insiders at the city say things are not good and the recently hired leaders have received a luke warm reception at best. I have yet to hear any positive comments which I find disturbing.
You won't get many positive comments on this blog. These people on here have their own agenda. Some were not considered for a particular job they thought they were qualified for, so they have to try to stir up trouble to make themselves feel better.
Don't believe what you read until you have some actual hard facts. Do some research on your own. These people on here are just trying to stir up trouble because they didn't get their way. What a bunch of whiners.

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