Calexico City Council members continue to disagree regarding the process of hiring a new police chief. Now one council member hopes that everything will be scrapped and they start over again.
"I believe the process was flawed and I from the get go established good ideas that I felt were pertinent for this particular position," Councilman John Moreno said.
Moreno thinks it wasn’t rigorous enough. Moreno says the candidate didn’t test on a computer and was only interviewed by a panel of seven that included the five council members. The city manager and the district attorney.
"I’ve gone through several interviews that were a lot more rigorous than this one. That’s what I brought up to them. They obviously have no experience in going through interviews or holding interviews themselves," Moreno said.
Councilman Bill Hodge believes in the process. He says there was integrity in procedures.
"There was a lot of controversy as to the process and I need to say that our city manager and our staff did an excellent job.
Hodge says it became controversial because he says it’s a political situation.
"There’s a history here in Calexico about Chief of Police and immediately people know everybody people start to say ‘oh I think this candidate is the best, Hodge said.
Moreno isn’t questioning the candidate but mainly the fairness in which the candidate was chosen.
"I’d like to have seen police commissioners on there. I’d like to have seen clerical staff from the police department also on the panel along with perhaps our sheriff from the County of Imperial," Moreno said.
Then he says an interview with the city manager and also a series of test on the computer and a test on writing memos and press releases and grants.
They’re hoping to announce the new police chief at next week’s council meeting.