Chief Mills visited Talkshop yesterday, for another one of his lively and enlightening talks. As expected by the Examiner, “Murl Jr.” has made a very important decision in his effort to modernize the Department. Instead of opening up testing for Captain positions statewide, as he had spoken about so many months ago, he has made the decision (meaning his bosses have directed him) to keep the 3 promotions in house.
According Mills, he’s “got the talent” within EPD. Even the normally complacent Papstein couldn’t believe it. He asked in a surprised tone, “There’s that kind of talent in-house????” The Examiner calls bullshit on that statement. Don’t be surprised if the next EPD Captains have the kind of talent that old Murl’s EPD always espoused; “Martial Talent”(we’re EPD and we kickass). Which of the “bread and butter” former SWAT members will finally get the promotion that oiling their assault weapons should prepare them for? Only time will tell.
So following in the footsteps of his EPD forefathers, Chief Mills is going to change the department for the better by………not changing anything. We guess that makes about as much sense as so many decisions made by the City. It also makes about as much sense as his stance to keep the public informed on the community by having the department release less information in the form of press releases and suppressing crime stats.
The bizarro world of Eureka city politics and the continuation of Murl Harpham’s policies will be interesting at the very least, and increasingly dangerous in the long run.