In my opinion, RCPD does a remarkable job. In today’s environment, it takes professionals to keep on step ahead of the criminal element in society. We have that with Director Schoen.
The Brownbackistan Legislature suddenly realized an entity might be non-political… non-biased. Can’t have that. We need to make the Director an elected position so money and politics can influence enforcement. It’s bad enough when the Chamber owns both the City and County Commissions. Now, they will be able to own RCPD.
The “conservative” element says having the Director an elected position will be a step in solving the fiscal issue of RCPD’s budget. Ummm… We currently have a Law Board that has no spine. The Law Board authorized the RCPD budget. And, they simply pass through the requests. The Law Board is the entity that needs to be elected. They are the ones that need held accountable to the voters. The Director needs to be maintained as a professional, highly trained in the most current law enforcement technology. To move this to a political position is a huge mistake.
For any of you who are watching, Brownbackistan is also attempting to turn the local School Board into a politically biased body. The Legislature is wanting to have School Board elections the same time as national elections. The State has a large majority of Republicans. Evidently, they feel more of the Republicans will show up for the national elections and be there to vote in the “R” school board candidates. Should the School Board be “R” vs. “D”? Should the School Board be a political position, with the elected official “owing” the Party for their support? Or, should the School Board remain independent of the national political agendas and independent of Brownbackistan’s influence?