TribLIVE

| Opinion/The Review


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

The police chief vote: Government dysfunction

Letters home ...

Traveling abroad for personal, educational or professional reasons?

Why not share your impressions — and those of residents of foreign countries about the United States — with Trib readers in 150 words?

The world's a big place. Bring it home with Letters Home.

Contact Colin McNickle (412-320-7836 or cmcnickle@tribweb.com).

Daily Photo Galleries

Friday, April 5, 2013, 8:57 p.m.
 

Perhaps by now, Kittanning Council will have someone hired to replace retired Police Chief Ed Cassesse.

Monday's effort to do so was a bit of a fiasco.

When councilwoman Kim Fox moved to nominate current policeman Bruce Matthew and it was approved by a 5-3 vote, councilman Dick Reedy objected. He said he thought it was just a vote to approve the nomination and not to agree on the hiring. He had someone else he wanted to put up for the job.

The solicitor wasn't there to help the eight leaders with a decision of what exactly was voted on, so the matter was put off until the lawyer could tell them if the vote was good or whether the matter needs to be addressed in a special meeting.

It was a tempest in a teapot. And as good government goes, this episode falls flat.

A robust discussion about potential candidates prior to the motion and a vote would have helped clear the air, and the public would have felt more confident about the deliberation.

Council President Chris Schiano said council had interviewed current police and outsiders for the job. It would have been helpful to the public, as well, to know what criteria were considered — and why Officer Matthews qualified.

Here's hoping the borough's next police chief will have more respect for the public than council displayed on Monday.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Editorials

  1. Netanyahu’s speech
  2. ObamaCare in court
  3. Unsolved McKeesport murders raise concerns
  4. The IRS scandal: A cover-up grows
  5. A green-tip assault: ATF’s end run
  6. Pittsburgh Tuesday takes
  7. The Thursday wrap
  8. U.N. Watch: Russian buffing
  9. Taxing consequences: The Shell effect
  10. The Thursday wrap
  11. Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances