Atherton may name interim chief Ed Flint 'acting interim manager' Atherton, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on Nov 16, 2011 at 3:05 pm
Atherton's Interim City Manger John Danielson is out of the state and unable to return due to medical issues, so the council has been asked to appoint interim Police Chief Ed Flint as "acting interim city manger" until Mr. Danielson can return to the job.
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Posted by Coup d'etat, a resident of the Atherton: other neighborhood, on Nov 16, 2011 at 4:08 pm
I notice the Police Dept. is requesting another new patrol car-another new motorcycle-and 30 something new radios on tonight's consent agenda. This after just hiring a new officer from the ONLY department that has NOY been sqeeezed completely dry and then out sourced.
So what's the Town's budget going to look like with the Police Chief now running it?
Was the Police satisfaction survey meant to represent their satisfaction?
Or, Was the 99% figure meant to represent their portion of the budget?
Posted by Horrible governance, a resident of the Atherton: other neighborhood, on Nov 17, 2011 at 12:45 am
This is a horrible decision, mainly for the reasons Coup d'etat outlined.
Nothing against Flint personally, but he was hired to clean up the APD, not run the town. His clean-up job involves conduct and professionalism issues. Or is supposed to. We haven't seen any real change.
The second clean-up job, to be performed by Danielson, was the financial one. The costs of the department were and are unsustainable.
The same person cannot run the town to keep the police department budget in check and also run the police department in a way that engenders good relations with the officers. A police officer cannot be running the town as that is a conflict of interest.
Posted by WhoRUpeople, a resident of another community, on Nov 17, 2011 at 9:16 am
I have a question for anyone who knows the answer. No speculation, please. The article's headline says the council will be asked to make this appointment. Who is the person authorized/empowered in City government to make this request of council? (i.e. City attorney, City manager). I understand the need for needing a protocol to react in emergencies such as this, but just what is the protocol? Lacking one, coup d'etat is clearly the right description for this move if successful.
Posted by Answer, a resident of the Atherton: other neighborhood, on Nov 17, 2011 at 6:28 pm
WhoRUpeople, the answer is the "staff" proposed Flint as the person they wanted.
Now that the building and public works departments have been eliminated/outsourced, and the finance director has left, the "staff" is, with the number of exceptions you can probably count on the fingers of one hand, the police department.
Posted by Tuscaloosa, a resident of the Atherton: other neighborhood, on Nov 18, 2011 at 8:05 am
Yeah, I miss Ed too. I also miss Insight and finally. They graced these message boards with many expressions of support for Atherton's police department. Rumor was Insight was actually an Atherton police sergeant who grew up in Atherton, and finally was his dad. I know they both have a lot to say about not putting the library in the park, so the library money can be given to build a police station, thereby ensuring Atherton's police force doesn't get outsourced like Millbrae's just did.
Fortunately they are still here in a way, as Insight is video taping every council meeting to assure residents who want to express an opinion that they should be intimidated if it is not one aligned with the police department.
Posted by Muffy, a resident of the Atherton: other neighborhood, on Nov 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm
Let's hope all "staff" is lined up like Dominos. Danielson is probably making the moves on another unsuspecting town/city - needing to know his knowledge on how to capture and destory a town within 6 months. Kashawagi is the wizard behind the curtain. Just watch...