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Election results should clear the way for unbiased police chief evaluations

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Story Time by Bob Story

The posse, as I and my circle of friends refer to them, flamed out in the General Election earlier this week.

The three Sunnyside City Council candidates – incumbent Don Vlieger and challengers Robert Perales and Ardell McNearney – all have worked as cops. And all three weren’t shy in pushing the campaign message they were fully behind providing ample funding to Sunnyside’s police department. Come hell or high water, their pledge was interpreted by many that the PD was not going to lack for anything, even if it meant other city departments would have to make do with less.

The campaign materials distributed on their behalf also whole-heartedly endorsed Deputy Police Chief Phil Schenck as the right man for the job as the city’s new police chief. It became obvious that if the posse had been elected, they had the votes to ensure Schenck would be given that title.

Schenck may be the right man for the job. He may not.

What can transpire now, though, is an evaluation of police chief candidates by City Manager Don Day that is fair and doesn’t come with pressure from outside sources.

If Mr. Day concludes Schenck is the man for the job, the community needs to stand behind that decision. If our city manager chooses another candidate, local residents should support that choice, as well.

Comments

srt8 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I must disagree with your assessment of the campaign. My understanding is the candidates were trying to prevent the PD from being chopped to pieces and leaving the City of Sunnyside wide open to criminals. Yes, they were cops. But to look at them in the fashion your portraying them is completely unfair in my opinion. I find it also unfair you make your assessment AFTER the election results came out. I don't think you would be saying what your saying if the results were different so stop with the armchair quarterbacking of the issue. If this is how you truly felt about the candidates, then you and your paper should of made that point prior to the elections...not after.

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dargen3655 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I totally agree with Mr. Story's assessment of the campaign! In my opinion, he "Hit the Nail on the Head". It will be a breath of fresh air to have council members who aren't prone to strong-arm tactics in order to get their way.

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dargen3655 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I totally agree with Mr. Story's assessment of the campaign. In my opinion he "hit the nail on the head". It will be a breath of fresh air to have council members who don't feel they have to resort to strong-arm tactics in order to get their way.

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