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Can’t justify Meidl

In 2012, Mayor Condon decided to hire Frank Straub as chief of police, disregarding the recommendations of a chief selection committee to not hire him due to his “baggage.” We are aware what a disaster that was and still is. Condon repeated history by appointing Craig Meidl as the chief, again ignoring a months-long process, four interview boards and public meetings with two finalists.

It’s beyond comprehension how Condon could arbitrarily ignore established processes and unilaterally choose Meidl, who said he didn’t want nor would apply for the chief’s position. Meidl has too much baggage from the Otto Zehm case with the infamous salute in a courtroom for the officer convicted of using excessive force and lying. Also, there’s the 2011 email Meidl wrote to 80 officers that read “an innocent man was found guilty.” That email and his actions can’t be disowned.

There is no way for Condon to justify what he did in selecting Meidl. I can only guess an ego out of control. I believe the citizens want a chief without baggage from outside SPD and that was the expectation. Condon’s actions are costly and deceiving. The police and citizens deserve better than what Condon has delivered.

Chris Powell


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