From Steven Bodway:
“The Perfect fit for the Job”
Making people feel good for what they do every day is a driving force behind leadership. At 45 South Main Street your Sheriff continues to be driven by his own narcissistic behavior without consideration of what is best for Harford County’s citizens.
Recently, yet another poor decision has been made once again by Sheriff Bane to fill a leadership position at the CAC (Child Advocacy Center.) The Center provides services of care for victims of child abuse, which is a crucial entity within our law enforcement community. In order to complete the selection process of who is best to lead the center, a promotion system of competition through testing and interviewing was recently conducted.
The best candidate for the Lieutenant’s position was selected by outside board members comprised of allied police agencies that are invited in to conduct interviews of candidates in an unbiased manner. This process has been long-standing and is a preferred method because it is designed to prevent injustices.
Traditionally, the Sheriff will respect the selection process and uphold a sense of fairness by abiding by the end result and promote the top cop for promotion and position. Any of the three candidates on the Lieutenant’s list would serve well in any other position in the agency. The issue here is that the CAC is a unique assignment that requires a unique skill set.
With no regard to recommendations of his staff members and dismissal of the board recommendations, the Sheriff has decided on the third most qualified candidate to coordinate the Child Advocacy Center.
It must be mentioned that the deputy recommended as the best candidate has a Masters Degree from Johns Hopkins University, 9 years experience working at the CAC, is nationally recognized as an expert in the field and is the top trainer for new CAC operations opening across the country. We must also recall the Aegis article (4/21/10) when Sheriff Bane stated that this deputy is “the perfect fit for the job.
Everyone knows the reason for this politically driven choice but for now, Sheriff Bane will have his way. It seems that all of his decisions are based on what is best for him instead of what is best for the citizens of Harford County.
Unfortunately, this particular decision fails miserably because it deals with sensitive issues that take care of our most vulnerable children.
A leader who makes a decision to throw out the final results simply due to political obsession should truthfully explain why he did what he did. Not just to the citizens that he has sworn to provide the maximum service to but to those who worked hard all their life to achieve the distinction of being the best of the best.
People don’t feel good about this decision because it was done for the wrong reason. The simple truth is that this was done for political vindictiveness and will be remembered long into the future.
Steven E. Bodway
Harford County Sheriff’s Office