New Chief Will Be An Outsider
City CEO Tom Hatch told the public last Tuesday evening that the herd had been thinned in the process of selecting a new Chief of Police, and that he would be conducting what will amount to the final round of interviews with the remaining few candidates. No number of candidates nor the identities were given of those who remain.
ALL CMPD CANDIDATES ARE OUT
Today sources close to the process confirmed that none of the four candidates from the Costa Mesa Police Department remain in the running. The four candidates from the CMPD who tossed their hats into the ring are Captain Les Gogerty, in charge of Field Operations; ABLE Commander Sergeant Tim Starn; Lieutenant Allen Huggins, in charge of Professional Standards and Lieutenant Tim Schennum, in charge of Logistical Services.
GOGERTY SEEMED RIGHT
From what I know of the four men, Gogerty's resume and experience seemed like a pretty darn good fit for the opening. His education and training have prepared him for this position at this time and he was acting police chief during the "Where's Chris Shawkey?" fiasco.
While I'm personally saddened that someone from within the department will not be chosen, I hope Hatch uses this opportunity to select an outstanding law enforcement leader - one who will place the public safety of Costa Mesa residents and visitors over the political demands of members of the City Council. Considering the political climate and the diminished resources available to the new chief, this is going to be quite a task.
HATCH CAN'T MAKE A MISTAKE ON THIS ONE
Quite honestly, Hatch cannot afford to make a mistake with this critical position. Ever since Dave Snowden retired and moved on to Beverly Hills, Costa Mesa has managed to shoot itself in the foot when it came to choosing men to run the department, at least on a permanent basis. With so many eyes on our city in recent months, this selection may be the most important Hatch will have made to date in his brief tenure as CEO. This one must be right.