On January 6, the City of Oakley put out an open invitation to the public as a way to to participate to the hiring process for the new police chief. The public had until January 10 to provide potential questions that could be asked during the interview process.
According to City Manager Bryan Montgomery, he stated in an email that input is good and that the last time they did these kind of interviews they received good input.
Here is what was posted via the City’s Facebook Page.
Now it appears, the City has rescinded the offer for public participation and moved forward without public participation. This morning, City Councilman Kevin Romick announced to the world that they will be interviewing six-candidates today.
In the big scheme of things the public likely will have little impact, if any, on the final choice of the new police chief, but this is yet another example of the City not showing residents respect by allowing input to be provided. Given the timeline by the City Staff and then Councilman Romick, clearly public participation is not a high priority.
Lets hope Mayor Randy Pope can work to fix the communication between the City of Oakley and the Community because Oakley does not need any more “oops moments” in 2014.
By Michael Burkholder