Before leaving Beacon City Council late in the year 2017, I was informed that Cheif Solomon would be leaving our Police Department and that the City of Beacon would not have a permanent Chief of Police. I was unsure how our current City Administration and newly elected City Council would assure residents that the position of Chief will be filled in a transparent manner. Given our diverse and evolving population, having a clear and open public hiring process, would reassure residents that a diverse pool of applicants has been encouraged to apply and then considered. In today’s social climate, it is urgent to have committed community leaders that will contribute to our collective growth and development. A way to foster this ideal is by having responsible and responsive leaders who reflect our population.
That’s how I felt, sure about what I wanted to see, insecure about how this transition would happen and willing to fight to see positive policy effectuated. Then I had a long conversation, at the gym mind you, with our Mayor Randy Casale. He better informed me on the process in which we hire law enforcement (a process that I’ve been a part of in my 2 terms serving on Beacon City Council) more specifically on how we appoint officers to the Captain and Cheif positions. He explained the time line in which our acting Cheif of Police would be placed in, a provisional period after the City Council approves him and until he passes the civil service test with a top 3 score followed by a probational period for when or if he passes the test, where he’ll be under the microscope for another year before becoming the official City of Beacon Police Cheif. Our Mayor also stressed the fact that an open hiring process is needed at times, such as when we went out of the department and hired Cheif Solomon. Mayor Casale felt strongly that Captain Kevin Janjulas, now our acting and provisional Cheif of Police (as of Monday 2/5/18) would continue to serve our residents well and follow the charge that our Cheif Executive Officer (our Mayor) has set.
I had my reservations up until recently, after listening to what our Mayor had to say, our community members, members of our police department and my conscious, I would implore the citizens of Beacon to stand with our City Administration, City Council, and Law Enforcement. This past Tuesday (2/6/18), unbeknownst to the public Cheif Janjulas, Mayor Casale, Yvonne and Lavonne McNair (two members of Beacon’s Commission on Human Rights members) met productively with the New Covenant School parents whom had been victimized this past Summer causing many of our community members to become dismayed. I would suggest that we improve upon our public relations as a municipality. Working on that weakness will foster a stronger relationship between our citizens, law enforcement, and public officials. A better informed and more educated public can only help as the culture is shifting in our magnificent city.