I won’t address the whole nepotism issue. I worked for a family business in Binswanger Glass Co. for many years. I had a great time. It doesn’t apply here and if it’s that bad just fucking quit. In the words of uncle John Scallion “Don’t whine son, it ain’t manly”
Executive Session: Chief of Police
What is Nepotism?
• Nepotism includes many of basic government ethics Issues: conflict of Interest, misuse of office. preferential treatment, and patronage •
• Nepotism undermines public trust by making government look like a family business run not for the community, but for the family In power.
• Nepotism Is bIld for morale within the organization. It goes far beyond hiring and remains a problem every time raises and promotions occur.
Nepotlsm creates a culture of loyalty and secrecy. Nepotism in government naturally leads to nepotism in contracting, which means a failure to competitively bid, or bid-rigging.
Fiefdom. I’ll use her definition. “Something over which one dominant person exercises control” Isn’t that called management?
What is a 'fiefdom'?
1. The estate or domain of a feudal lord.
2. Something over which one dominant person or group exercises control: "long the independent head of a powerful fiefdom within the Police Department" (David Burnham).
The City Council was instructed to evaluate Paul Shelley, the Chief of Police/City Administrator by the Mayor in April of this year. like you, I have always liked Paul Shelley. And what exactly was Councils evaluation? But external affairs in this case are completely different from internal ones. OK .Once you put on the uniform and begin working for Paul Shelley, depending on who you are, things are very different. How in God’s name would you know that? I heard from an informant very close to the force .that there were big problems stemming from nepotism and abuse of power within the police department. You heard? OK. It is difficult and intimidating to try to find out these things concerning someone with so much entrenched power and influence. I can imagine I could tell the informant was frustrated with the situation. My desire to make things right is what motivated me. In trying to get an accurate, factual picture of the situation I conducted 10 interviews of officers, in which they all did concur the Chief openly demonstrates favoritism, and gives 'carte blanche' to his wife and Captain, Tina. Then why in the name of all that’s Holy didn’t you go to the Mayor?
He does not require she perform to the standards of the other officers, nor does she have to be on time. It's okay if she surfs the internet, does little or no work and then leaves early. It's fine if she threatens and intimidates another officer. She's the Chiefs wife -don't mess with her. What she says - goes. All of the officers I. interviewed concurred that. They all agreed it is a big problem, and said she Is the driving force behind those being targeted and chosen to be got rid of. Since Tina unofficially runs the department -she decides who stays and who goes. Paul looks the other way and does whatever she says. If she doesn't like someone they might as well pack their things -they're be on their way out soon. Once she has it in for you -you are doomed.
I have interviewed 5 currently I only talked to 5. One left for a better schedule. Number two left because he was an asshole and he was going to be fired if he didn’t resign. Chief made the offer and said if you make me fire you it will be harder to find a job. JUST LIKE HE DID FOR MY NEPHEW WHO USED TO WORK HERE. Thanks for that little bit extra Paul.
employed officers (out of a total of 6) and 6 previous officers (1 forced to quit, 3 outright fired, 1 who left for better pay and benefits and 1 who resigned due to personal reasons). All said there is a problem with nepotism. Many told stories of having received certificates of appreciation or rookie of the year awards just prior to being terminated. I have been told by' the current officers that the 5 officers who left CLS and went to Kemah had also complained about the problem although I did not interview them. The current officers have everything to lose by telling me their story. I could understand negative comments coming from those fired or forced to resign, but the ones who are still here have no reason to make these statements if they were not true.
This is clearly a management problem that our City Council has allowed to go forth for the past ten+ years. Council. You have a problem. Fix it without firing the whole goddamned police department please….The officers in the department have a lack of confidence in their chief. His management style is one of unfairness, favoritism and malfeasance. They are powerless to do anything about it. They don't dislike Paul Shelley personally, but professionally they feel abused.
From a former officer, and I have edited the content
“I read your blog about the nonsense that is going on in CLS. You have been a straight shooter and honest as long as I have been around so I figured I would drop you a line. I am very concerned about what is going on. I really fear for X and don't want to see X get caught in any of the bullshit crossfire. It doesn't appear that some of the people involved here give two shits about the current city employees, just getting their agenda heard. I didn't post on your blog out of fear that it would affect X in some negative manner. I know when I was there I loved the island and still do. I would like to be able to come back some day but not while some of the council people are throwing their little bitch tantrums. I left for various reason but the main ones were money and the ability to do more and "blow and go". The pace of CLS was just a little slow for my brand of police work. Some of what I see about officers leaving or getting asked to leave worries me. I can tell you that any past employee that was given the chance to resign could have been fired but the Chief was decent enough to try to salvage their future. Termination from a police department can make it hard to impossible to get hired else were. I think he did them a favor and every one of them had it (discipline) coming!!!! I see a lot of people bitching about Tina, and I would like to ask them have they all been Buddy's with their bosses. A boss / supervisor has to be honest and a straight shooter with the troops to include discipline when needed. If this offends there sensitive nature then they need to get out of law enforcement or put their big boy panties on and go back to work. While this area is pretty laid back, a cop is a cop....we are hated until we are needed, targets, councilors, peacemakers, and from time to time hero's. Some of the people on council seem to forget we are human as well. We have to do a job that isn't very popular from time to time. The Chief wants his people to work but not shit in their own back yard. That isn't wrong but young officers want to save the world. Being nice to your citizens is very important. So when a young officer bitches that the Chief told then to go easy on the citizens if you can, my question to council would be is that a good thing or would they rather have a department full of badge heavy assholes that would screw them down just because they could. Maybe their agenda is clouding their view of the big picture.I'm sorry to vent but I just wanted someone who I thought was a good person to have this information. I’m not asking you to go be the champion now. I guess I am just hoping that if while in conversation you let the right people know this info it might help bring an end to the B.S. that is going on. “