Last week, Louisville’s Metro Council approved a resolution expressing “no confidence” in Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad and calling for his replacement. But the vote was nowhere near unanimous. The motion received the support of a bare 50% of the council, with 13 “yes” votes counter-balanced by nine “no” voters and another four members who either weren’t present or chose not to vote.
But – technicalities aside – we should also note that this scapegoating of the chief has been primarily led by the council’s own Pied Piper of Discontent, David James -- a man who seems bent on building his reputation as a leader at the expense of a good and honorable man.
Why? Well, I’ve heard from multiple sources that Mr. James has ambitions that extend far beyond his current position. That, at the very least, he has designs on the Metro Council presidency, and, in a more ambitious scenario, hopes to someday take Greg Fischer’s place as Mayor – or maybe even become the next police chief himself.
Conflict of interest, anyone?
Thank goodness, this resolution doesn’t have the power of law, and the only guy who can fire the present chief is a man with the backbone to stand up to his detractors. Mayor Fischer deserves our thanks for standing behind Chief Conrad, and in doing so, favoring the well-being of the community over unjustified political maneuvering.
But please – let us know your opinion.
I’m Bill Lamb and that’s my Point of View.
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