Immediately after newly-installed Mayor Reed appointed George Turner as our interim Chief of Police a number of staff changes were announced in APD. We were affected directly in that our beloved Major Propes has gone on to being Commander of the airport police zone to gain experience so that she can move on up the APD command staff. We wish her the very best as she assumes this all-important command position coordinating all of the many, many security agencies on duty at the world’s busiest airport. Now, we welcome Major John Dalton as our new Zone 6 commander, who is coming to us from the head of the Major Crimes division. We also welcome to Zone 6 Lieutenant Rodney Bryant from Zone 3 to be our 2nd in command and newly promoted Lieutenant Brent Schierbaum from Zone 5 as our evening watch supervisor. We are indeed in good hands with all these able and dedicated folks.
An interesting article about these changes is here though I do not agree with Ramage’s assessment of all of us Zone 6 residents. But her accolades for Major Propes and Major Williams are right on!
I attended the community meeting held 1/7/10 in Eastlake organized in response to Major Propes’ reassignment, conducted by Mayor Reed and Chief Turner. Some of the things I learned from that gathering – all agreed that our 911 call center operation is broken and a national search is underway to find a new director aiming for a March selection. Pay raises for APD personnel are high on the Mayor’s list of needs. Additional sensitivity training in APD will be conducted in response to the Eagle raid. APD is actively recruiting to fill the 50 positions afforded by our federal stimulus grant. Turner wants to actively involve the community in APD – there will be 4 of us from NPU “F” attending his 1st city-wide meeting 1/12/2010.