Seven bite-size Lemmon Drops to nibble on while bracing for the King Kong hoopla:
OK, maybe he still would have beaten Jack Ford, the current mayor. (But the final margin would have been much closer than 62 percent to 38 percent, right?)
Mr. Finkbeiner hasn t even taken office yet, and he has created a controversy that is reminiscent of his first eight years as mayor. All because he made another ready, fire, aim -type decision.
Mr. Finkbeiner announced Monday that Chief Navarre would be replaced by Capt. Jack Smith, commander of the Scott Park district station.
By making the announcement 29 days before taking the oath of office, Mr. Finkbeiner gave the impression that it was going to be a smooth transition between police chiefs. Among other things, I assumed he brokered a deal that was satisfactory to Chief Navarre, who is widely respected.
Chief Navarre is threatening legal action to keep his job.
Mr. Finkbeiner s passion got him in trouble again. There was no urgency to make the announcement.
Perhaps in time Chief Navarre would have accepted Mr. Finkbeiner s offer to become deputy chief. And maybe he still will.
Mr. Finkbeiner didn t have the patience to make sure his ducks were in a row.
Not that anyone is surprised.
The Urban Coalition, a constant critic of Mr. Sanders, talks a good game. But we ll see how the group, soon to be represented on the school board by Darlene Fisher and Robert Torres, reacts when it is the target of criticism.
On Mr. Sanders watch, TPS became the first urban district in Ohio to achieve continuous improvement. That was in 2004; it maintained the ranking last year.
As the Urban Coalition will discover, that s no small task.
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