A couple of days ago, our own Barry emailed me his thoughts about the finalists for the job of Columbia police chief. I just now noticed that he said “yes” to my request for permission to post his observations here. He based these thoughts on this story from WIS:
Tony Fisher looks like a good choice- but he’s 64 years old and he retired last year after a long career in Spartanburg. Not sure someone that age needs to be brought in to head up a headache of a job in Columbia.
William Holbrook – Columbia is almost 3 times bigger than Huntington, West Virginia. Huntington is 90% white. Columbia is 51% per 2012 estimated census data. Doesn’t look like a great fit.
Bryan Norwood – resigned as Richmond Police Chief amid pressure. For some reason, he also personally supervised the probation conditions of R & B Singer Chris Brown. (Very odd that a police chief would do that – and folks were very critical of it). We really don’t need someone that just had to quit somewhere else because of problems. http://www.newsobserver.com/20
Charles Rapp- very impressive credentials (Baltimore police department veteran, hostage negotition team leader, training academy director, led 2 precincts, has a masters from Johns Hopkins) – but same thing as Tony Fisher- looks like someone that would only be able to serve a few years due to his age- which I couldn’t find.
Gregory Reese – Air Force experience- but hasn’t led a city department. He led a large group – 1600 people- but I see not having led a city department as something that would hurt him.
For further info, here’s the story that ran in The State.