Sunday, July 17, 2011
Albany Mayor clueless
Here is what Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa says:
Mr. Tim Smith,
Albany City Councilors and myself are policy makers and we do not manage
the city or staff.
I recently heard about the situation regarding
Officer Rose. The City Manager Wes Hare and Police Chief Ed Boyd
explained the situation to me. The situation was investigated from three
investigators who were from other jurisdictions. It was resolved over a year ago.
They found there was no violation of the law, since this was between two
people having a
relationship. The person having the relationship with the officer was not
a city employee.
The photographs were shared with a third party after the relationship
It did fall under a violation of employee policy. Officer
Rose was disciplined for not following his employment policy.
Mr. Smith, as you know any city, county, state can not control all
actions of every employee one hundred percent of the time. The same for
private businesses or corporations. Sometimes employees can make errors
and you probably have as well in your life. No one is perfect in this
world. But, I do know as my involvement with Albany's government for
fifteen years we have one of the most qualified and professional staff in
the state. I have high trust in their judgment and what decisions are
made are with full consideration of all issues.
Mayor of Albany
So, you citizen's of Albany, writing letters to the mayor or city council is probably hopeless. They don't care and are unwilling to demand integrity from the Albany Police Department.
A couple of things. The pictures were sent to an 18 year old police cadet who graduated from high school in 2010. I would argue that she was an employee of the city as she was a volunteer. She performed work for the city for the experience she gained by performing the work.
Second, Konopa better take off her rose colored glasses and take a hard look at what is going on in the police department. Maybe when I publish the next story in a few days, her eyes will open a little.