This is what I would call an abuse of power under for cause -malfeasance. This is not the corner bakery where the
husband and wife work. This is a tax base salary paid public service department. The scripture says, "whoever is
faithful in little things will be faithful in greater things as well." We have unwittingly set up a fiefdom. I am a
City Council person and I have a duty to share these things with you.
If we as council fail to do something about this -these officers will pay the price. There will be retribution for talking to me. We shouldn't let their lesson be to keep their mouths shut and go along or be fired/resign. This Is not the way our department should be run. My only reason for doing this is that I believe we can and should do something to make a change. This is not a problem to be ignored. Our City should not have to pay someone to do virtually nothing. cause constant animosity and fear among the officers, and feather their family nest at the City's expense.
I am not starting rumors, I am not telling you what I think -I am the messenger reporting to you what I have been told by members of his department past and present under tenuous conditions. When I first started the interviews I knew only the complaints of an officer's spouse to spark my curiosity. Now, after having spoken with 11 officers, and heard comments from another spouse of an officer now retired, the common theme in all their statements is "There is a big problem of unfairness and favoritism in the department and everybody knows it." This management style should not be tolerated. City Council should not allow these tactics to flourish just because we 'like' Paul Shelley. The turnover rate of our department speaks for itself. The officers have held their silence this long. We have the duty to set the department right. Our island is a great place to live and likewise, our police department should be a great place to work. It shouldn't matter who you wake up next to... The old song When a man loves a woman ...' is no excuse for blatant favoritism and nepotism in the workplace.
For all of this and in consideration for as much as I have heard from the officers I have spoken with, -I have a lack of confidence in Paul Shelley to lead the police department.
This is not something I have wanted to do. I have nothing to gain and I have nothing against Paul Shelley or Tina Shelley.
My interactions with both have always been cordial. But, this is not about my personal relationship with them. We are
dealing with more than just 2 lives -we also have to take into consideration the officers and their families who were
affected and are currently being affected by the actions of Paul Shelley. If Paul Shelley treated his department .as well as
his citizens we wouldn't be here tonight.
I have more details and info but I tried to hit the high points. I hope you get the picture.
Tami PerkinsThis is where I stand next to Councilman Perkins. Our police department, hell, no organization, should be run like the one she envisions. It is not conducive to progress or good will. We, as a community need to stand shoulder to shoulder to make Clear Lake Shores the place everyone wants to be. Just like it has been for 30+ years and was up till about 7 weeks ago. I choose to believe that things are not as dire as Councilman Perkins has painted them. I also choose to believe, rightly or wrongly, this is the best place to live my life and raise my family. Council, I will do what I feel is necessary to meet those ends because as soon I believe there is a better place their will be a FSBO sign in my yard. As of this posting I believe we have a management problem. This issue could not possibly have been more mishandled and I am asking Council to look within for the source of this issue. Just think, If someone would have put on June 17ths agenda. “Discussion to separate Police Chief and City Admin duties” instead of “Discussion and possible action to dismiss….” But no one did. This tells me no one is THINKING! If you’re not thinking what the hell are you doing behind that desk. It’s time to step down before you do real damage. Sincerely.