Chief Andy Mills must have a protective shield around him (the City Council most likely). It seems that with his silver tongue and lack of ever taking responsibility, he can get away with almost anything!
Yesterday, the Times Standard reported that the Lawsuit regarding city sponsored prayer breakfasts was settled. There was a lot of bluster from city officials in the article, but the last sentence was the most important. It said that Mills was scheduled for a deposition regarding his prayer breakfast (as opposed to Mayor Jagers), but that the deposition never took place because the case settled.
Take note folks….Mills seems to have skated again. Unless there’s any astute Eureka residents reading this blog who might want to seek legal counsel and sue the city for Mill’s misuse of public funds (hint hint).
Obviously Mills is used to skating the issue’s of responsibility. Recently, a young man was shot to death by EPD on his own property. The police hadn’t been called there, and the issue of whether or not he was armed is far from settled. What does the ‘Teflon Chief’ do? Has his department investigate itself!!! John Gotti couldn’t have done better!!! Guess how this investigation is going to turn out???? You got it….EPD was justified so STFU.
Of course, all of us should have seen this coming. He has been practicing his deceit game for quite a while. The first time it boiled to the surface was in the aftermath of the Father Freed murder. EPD had contacted the suspect in front of the rectory where Father Freed was murdered shortly thereafter. EPD failed to address the situation then and an innocent man was murdered because of it.
But the Teflon “Chief” would have none of that. He changed the conversation completely. Instead of anyone asking tough questions about the interaction the suspect had with EPD, Mills threw down the jails “midnight release” policy. The conversation turned, and hasn’t ever gone back to what EPD should have done differently. Like water off a ducks back, the failures of Mills EPD just disappear.
Obviously Mills is a practiced con man. The timing of the prayer lawsuit deposition, and then the potentially unjustified murder by police couldn’t have been worse. After all, the Chiefs one year contract is about done and a new one should be coming up for discussion in the weeks to come. Might look pretty bad if he doesn’t get rid of any controversy. And that just what the ‘Teflon Chief will do. Sweep his dirt right under the rug. Truth be damned, this man wants to stay in power.
If anyone is thinking; How did this guy get so good at deflecting responsibility? The answer is that he’s had lots and lots of practice. If you feel like he doesn’t address problems, but instead provides excuses, then you are spot on! Here’s a portion of an article from San Diego. The Teflon “Chief” was questioned about the lack of police response to burglaries (sound familiar Eureka). Well Andy couldn’t let that complaint stand. Time to distract…distract. He just reached right in his pocket and pulled out a ready made excuse (filled with potentially misleading data):
A woman told Mills that no one responded to her 911 call about a suspicious car parked in front of her vacationing neighbor’s house. He apologized, saying, “It’s not an excuse, but we’re dealing with an increase in suicides and attempted suicides. One was when an officer was driving on Friars Road and someone dropped off 805.”
Whats the saying about a leopard never changing it’s spots……..