published Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Chief Sneed

about Clay Bennett...

The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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rolando said...

Another good one, Mr Bennett. Two in a row.

A controversial character, indeed. Did he or didn't he?

Police chiefs/CEOs are not chosen for their camaraderie or to be the lapdog and roll over and play dead, but to get the job done.

Seems to me he did just that. I hope he wins his suit and bankrupts the city.

July 21, 2010 at 4:40 a.m.

I don't know if Chief Sneed deserved to be fired. The more I interact with citizens and police officers, I am inclined to believe he was not pleasant to work for. In such a small department, a balance between "getting the job done" and building camaraderie is important.

What bothers me most about this whole situation is the way that it was handled. Whether or not there was any impropriety on the part of the city manager and the three commissioners involved in Chief Sneed's ouster, all of this controversy could have been avoided by informing the other two commissioners prior to his firing. While the city charter does not require this of the city manager, the secretive meetings held between the commissioners and the city manager in private homes (off the record) give the appearance of impropriety, especially since it takes three commissioners to fire the city manager and one of the three commissioners was arrested by Sneed.

Regardless of the current controversy, Red Bank has become a banana republic of sorts. The city commission is a joke and an embarrassment to the citizens of Red Bank.

July 21, 2010 at 8:27 a.m.
claybennett said...

Mister Bennett?

I thought we were on a first name basis, Rolando.

Your cartoonist, Clay

July 21, 2010 at 9:39 a.m.
rolando said...

OK. Clay it is, in future.

Unless you thoroughly tick me off [as political cartoonists are supposed to do, right?]. :O)

One of your critics [don' cha luv 'em] rolando

July 21, 2010 at 9:51 a.m.
rolando said...

Police chiefs, like military commanders, are required to send their men [and women] into the teeth of battle with "the enemy". Death is always waiting. Although that analogy only holds so far, being pals with the troops does not enhance obedience in the face of that danger anymore than does ignoring illegal acts by elected officials.

From the sounds of it and by their silence, "the troops" don't think much of their chief's twice arresting a law-breaker in high places. Unusual in LEOs of MY acquaintance. Perhaps THESE troops condone illegal acts by elected officials??? [Hm-m-m. Avoid Red Bank in future???]

July 21, 2010 at 10:04 a.m.
Clara said...

I can't believe it. Three posts by the prime beligerant poster I cannot fault him for. I'm waiting for the axe to fall on someone, however.

It seems there definitly collusion from the articles I read.

It especially intrigued me that the councilman was arrested because of domestic problems, with which I am concerned as an advocate for the protection of victims of domestic troubles. I am wondering what the exact charge was that caused the councilman to be arrested.

July 21, 2010 at 2:25 p.m.
rolando said...

See, Clara, miracles DO happen. :O)

Any time a city gov clams up about something they did, it is almost a given that they are dirty in one way or another. Which is NOT to say the former chief isn't is the secretiveness that bothers us all.

PS: I am sure when lkeith turns up -- as she always does -- she will open the ball with some wisecrack involving religion in one way or another...then things will liven up, no doubt. And no, I do not look forward to it. The woman just doesn't know when to quit.

July 21, 2010 at 2:46 p.m.
citizen311 said...

I am all for the city disclosing the details of the firing. But it is very common for governments in Tennessee to not disclose details of terminations because of the "at-will" employment practices.

I wish Tennessee would be a due process state instead of at-will so that employees could better defend against political and personality conflicts with employers.

I like the cartoon. I don't believe you could have captured the situation any better.

July 21, 2010 at 3:25 p.m.
Clara said...

I think this will be my last post for a while. I've spent 10 days trying to get my computer to work properly. McAfee is partly to blame although Dell might also be responsible.

I guess it's time to take it for repairs. I know it is slow on dial-up, but to take 15 refreshes, without success, to reach the end of a long blog is incomprehesible. McAfee keeps downloading stuff but never clears the problems.

McAfee sent me their Virtual Technician because I have a subscription that expires in Jan. 2011.


Forgive my complaining and actually that is the least of my problems.

I do hope I get to join back in soon.

July 21, 2010 at 4:26 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Nice try baiting me rolando, but it won't work. This is about local politics, and I'm not a local. I have nothing to say on this matter. Toodles!

July 21, 2010 at 4:46 p.m.
sd said...

The fact that both sides are mum on the issue makes me wonder: just how deep DOES this rabbit hole go?

I'm sure we're all in for a treat when this thing hits the courts. Well, everyone except the citizens of Red Bank, naturally. Maybe Clay will wring a few good toons out of it.

somethingorother said, "Regardless of the current controversy, Red Bank has become a banana republic of sorts. The city commission is a joke and an embarrassment to the citizens of Red Bank."

Banana republic is probably a fair assessment. Red Bank's government officials seem to be capable of little but incompetence and unprofessionalism--at least, that's all I ever read about in the TFP.

July 21, 2010 at 7:57 p.m.
rockmomma said...

Well, it seems to me that in a town full of elected criminals and officers that can't even follow laws, Red Bank was lucky to have someone in charge not willing to look the other way. And think about it, if the head of the department can be tossed out so easily....then why would his supporting officers defend him? That would be asking for their walking papers..... I say kudos Mr. Sneed for reminding people who believe they are above the law, that they indeed are not.

July 21, 2010 at 9:10 p.m.
Oz said...

Clara...Try removing McAfee and reinstall it.

July 21, 2010 at 9:16 p.m.
dewey said...

I'm just glad you included the the flag Red Bank needed so badly in the drawing. Ya, take that East Ridge!

July 21, 2010 at 9:56 p.m.
Clara said...

Oz, Thanks Did that first thing, 2 weeks ago. I'm even having trouble with this short note/blog. Wrote McAfee, who sent me their Virtual Technician.


Bye for now.

July 22, 2010 at 4:31 a.m.
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