Smith’s leadership of MPD impressive
Another city council meeting is behind us, and progress is being made towards the issue of the hiring of a chief of police. Although things are moving forward, we still need to stay involved and attend the meetings to make sure our city is in capable leadership in the future. The turnout from citizens is okay, but we need more.
Every person in the city of Mondovi should have been at the last meeting to hear and see a report from officer Scott Smith on the status of our police department. The things he is doing and has been doing for the past several months to keep the department not only running smoothly, but the improvements he is implementing, are impressive to say the least. Several issues came up that have been ignored for many years, and officer Smith is trying to address these as well as make changes to ensure the best possible officers are on staff.
Scott has gone above and beyond what is expected of a police officer. His leadership role is one that we should all be thankful that he took on, with NO extra compensation. His experience, knowledge and professionalism should not be overlooked.
The subject was again brought up by a citizen as to why a sergeant, or second in command, was eliminated by our previous police chief. This has essentially left our department with no official officer in charge when the chief is not available. There never seems to be a straight answer on why this position was eliminated, and where did the salary from that position ever end up? The chief of police is to appoint a sergeant. With no active chief at present, our city needs to backtrack and follow steps to get a sergeant back in place.
Although it is great to see the Council starting to ask questions, trying to change ordinances, and voting on important issues such as salary of a new police chief and qualifications that will be required, WHY did they not want to have all these things in place only a few months ago? They were so quick to try to hire someone a few months ago and they didn’t even have a salary or needed qualifications in place for the position. Was that all going to be worked out after the fact? We, as citizens, have to be thankful that we have a mayor that is extremely knowledgeable and enough citizens that came out to question the whole process.
Many more decisions are being voted on in the coming weeks and months, and we need people to be at these meetings to voice our opinions and concerns. I may sound like a broken record, but PLEASE try to attend the council meetings. The next meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.