A Brief Note About Chief Stanley:I share the Wareham Police Union's "concern" here.
Wareham — As a Wareham resident, it made me proud to watch the Selectman's meeting where they announced that they were going to bring Chief Stanley on full time.
I mean, WOW! What a find!! I can't really refer to him as an unsung hero because virtually anyone who has dealt with him is singing his praises.
So I was surprised to recently learn that there are actually efforts by some supports of the newly elected Selectmen members, Steve Holmes and Cara Winslow, to make sure that Chief Stanley never gets hired full time.
As one put it...
Dan O'Connell wrote on 3/30/2010:
The only thing I see Chief Stanley do is kiss [expletive removed] and hope for a bright and fruitful future. What he has done since he has been there is no more than a qualified street cop could do. Get a real full time Chief, through Civil Service, after the exam has been called for.
What's up with that?
Mr. O'Connell's remarks are especially dismaying to me because I live here and I have seen first hand the improvements that Chief Stanley has made. It is more than just the great new cruisers, and the remarkable crack down on drug activity. It is the new found pride in the stride of our officers that is impossible for someone like Mr. O'Connell to see from his keyboard in Florida.
So many people recognize the great job that Chief Stanley is doing for the safety of the Wareham Community and for the professional development of our officers. Other than the knee-jerk reaction that some have to anything positive that the former BOS can take credit for, why on earth would anyone be against hiring him full time?
Attached is an excerpt from the latest entry on the Wareham Police Union's blog. Until the other day, I thought bringing Chief Stanley on full time in Wareham was a shoe-in. Now I share the union's "concern" here.
From the Wareham Police Union's website:
A brief note about Chief Stanley...
Chief Stanley is making great strides here at the Police Department. He is working hand and hand with the Union and its members. He has made key changes, updated out-dated equipment, offered numerous beneficial training opportunities, boosted the moral of the rank and file, and various other improvements. The men and women are supportive of his efforts and hope to learn a lot from his years of experience as we await the appointment of our permanent Chief.
Personally, I find Chief Stanley to be on the level. He has been very helpful and accommodating. I have only one small concern, and that’s his part-time status. While Chief Stanley has been putting in more hours than his previously announced 19 hours, I would love to have him here on a full-time basis. While we do reap great benefits by his current status, he’s the kind of person the Department needs around the clock. Maybe when his time is up in North Andover he can be convinced him to take the provisionary position full-time.
Personally, I put more stock in the views expressed by our local police union who have boots on the ground right here at home, than I do from a self described "consultant" blogging from Florida.
Let's hope our new Selectmen do too.
Thank you for your time.