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  • HE Chief take buyout - Strange comment from union president?

    http://dailyherald.com/story/?id=400341
    Hoffman Estates Police Chief Clinton Herdegen is among 10 village employees leaving their jobs before Dec. 31 in buyout agreements.
    The police officers union did not bargain, and to cut costs the village laid off three officers. Despite the layoffs, the officers union president, Flo Williams, said she would prefer Herdegen's replacement to come from outside the department.

    An acting police chief will be named as the village searches for Herdegen's successor. In 1998 it took the village 20 months to name Herdegen the chief - he was acting chief much of that time, replacing former Chief Donald Cundiff.
    This last part seems very odd to me. The union president would prefer the new Chief be from outside the dep't. Why would that be? Wouldn't that be the ultimate goal for someone who may have spent the last 20-25 years in that very same union?

  • #2
    Maybe just maybe, all of the prospects from within the department are unacceptable to the union and they don't want any of them.

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    • #3
      It just seemed odd that in the news of the chief retiring, the only comment from the union president would be that they hope an outside person takes over next.

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      • #4
        Maybe morale is just that bad there.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by AxleFoley View Post
          It just seemed odd that in the news of the chief retiring, the only comment from the union president would be that they hope an outside person takes over next.
          Or that's all the paper decided to print. There could have been other comments but the paper knew it would raise eyebrows.
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          • #6
            to be a fly on that wall.
            One Shot, One Kill. Anything else is just pu(ff)y!

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            • #7
              A recommendation that the city look outside sometimes means that there is internal strife within the department. Often the department is broken into warring factions with each having a favorite Chief candidate that represents their interests and politics. No matter who gets appointed, the side whose candidate doesn't get the job feels shafted and morale gets worse than it is now.

              An outside candidate is sometimes favored because they are perceived to be neutral, are expected to put an end to any power plays and get the department back on track.
              Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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