Eureka to begin search for new police chief
The City of Eureka will begin the search for a new police chief by holding a pair of forums to gather public input.
The City Council has so far ignored public input over the unpopular firing of former Chief Garr Nielsen. Why would they start paying attention now?
The forums will cost around $3,000 and will be “professionally moderated.” This must mean forum goers will look at faces that appear to be listening rather than the usual smirk à la Councilman Mike Newman.
Of course, the public still does not know why Nielsen was fired or what the city council and its leader, city manager Dave Tyson, want in a police chief. Despite all the input already received from the public (for free), the city has hid its motivations behind vague a statement about “differing management styles.” What sort of management style they want remains a mystery.
Given the city’s recent history with this matter, the forums appear to be a feel-good ruse that will serve as a distraction to the city’s severe mishandling of Chief Nielsen.