San Diego holding secret interviews for new police chief

Screenshot 2018-01-20 at 08.36.49Six unidentified finalists interviewed with community leaders on Tuesday according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

They interviewed with law enforcement experts on Wednesday.

The public doesn’t know who’s applying — or even who did the interviews.

The mayor has released a list of organizations represented on the community panel, but has resisted requests to identify individuals until after the new chief is selected.

Critics correctly point out that revealing the names of panelists would make the panelists and the mayor listen to public input and be more accountable. They say the process gives the semblance of community participation, but that it’s smoke and mirrors because the mayor has all the power and discretion.

The mayor say he should go beyond naming the organizations and name the individual panelists, the procedure followed when Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Tucson chose new chiefs in recent years.

Enjoy your Police State.

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