In regards to the April 17 Arizona Daily Star article (“Oro Valley Police Respond...”) cited in last week’s letter by Don Cox, I encourage those interested to read it themselves and in context.
Mr. Cox’s portrayal is overstated and sensationalized.
Haven’t we had enough of all this bickering and political scheming already? Let’s face it, there really are no villains here. Both the police department and the council are filled with folks committed to public service. The rub is the huge disparity in power/clout between the two.
Our council is basically a group of community-minded part time volunteers (extremely nominal compensation for the energy spent) that have neither the time, training or experience to be exercising effective oversight of a large, full time, professional, unionized police dept. This is a role better suited for a full-time town manager and not the council which can be (and has been) swayed by the sheer political clout of the department and union.
Zinkin and Garner are just trying to do what our current governing structure requires of them, asking some tough questions. They get pummeled for doing what the rest of the council is too timid to do. But alas, enough already, give Town Manager Caton the oversight role and let us move forward.