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Should Chiefs of Police be an elected position as Sheriffs are ?
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Sheriffs are Common Law officials, elected by the citizens of a county and are the highest authority of the county.
Chiefs of police are creations of the municipalities and are appointed by the mayors.
Not really a matter of should, but a matter of how it is. There’s nothing that says they can’t be elected.
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No matter how you get em . . . somebody won't like it . . . elected / appointed / name drawn from a hat . . .
BUT if they were elected . . . I can see some trouble develop when it comes to jurisdiction, etc. As an appointee . . . he does what he is told, . . . and the only ones to blame for his bad conduct is the mayor and city council.
They can be "de-elected" for their bad decisions . . . whereas it would be a blame game and you wouldn't know which way to go if they are both elected.
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In our village of 10500, the police chief is nominated by the village president and voted on by the full board, after extensive vetting.......
I don't see how electing a Chief of Police would work, but I am all for coming up with something new. I have seen a lot of Chiefs, especially in larger cities, who were just a piece on a chess board for activist politicians. Public safety should be about public safety, not playing game to help someone get elected, or to pander to some group, or help someone get rich off the tax payer.
Elected police chiefs were common in Texas back when I was a kid..and had the pleasure to work with one of the last in the 70s in Childress. Tuffy Maddox..70 year old retired Cowboy who could whip any young weigh lifters butt in town. The FBI come to investigate him one time and he shot at em and they never came back. Back to the original question..yep..its probably a good plan. The Major at Dallas PD say they are there to enforce the laws the people want enforced..so that should work by cracky.
Last edited by bigwheel; 06-29-2020 at 12:33 PM.
Or just move to a town that is small enough it does not have a police department. Then you only have to interact with the Sheriff's Department.
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What would a chief in Seattle, LA, NY, or Philadelphia have to promise in order to get elected...
The same thing a hired police Chief in Dallas does..promise to let the citizens do what they want. Shes a big BLM supporter and fresh from Detroit. She could get elected easy peasy.
Originally Posted by Maine-Marine
Some little hick towns in Texas have to rely on Texas Highway Petroleums for most all their law dog type needs... and life goes on. lol.
Originally Posted by Inor