Chief of Police Glenn DeCaire’s announcement that he will leave at the end of his contract caught a lot of people off guard.
Much will be written and said about the Chief over the next few months, but the numbers don’t lie.
Most crime rates are down significantly.
The downtown core, once considered to be a place to avoid, is a safer, more vibrant community and independent analysis shows that DeCaire’s Action Team initiative has played a major role in that turnaround.
One of the biggest knocks against DeCaire is that he doesn’t jump when City Councilors tell him to jump.
Frankly, that’s one of the things I admire about the Chief.
Let’s be honest here; there are a lot of Councilors who like to micro-manage and sometimes even try to bully staff.
DeCaire didn’t bow to that pressure,nor should he.
Like most Hamiltonians, I’d rather entrust the public safety of our community to a proven police veteran like DeCaire, rather than a group of self-serving Councilors, who’s primary goal is their own re-election.
Let’s face it; those Councilors didn’t like the last Chief, they don’t like this one and, as soon as the next Chief disagrees with Council, they’ll dump all over that Chief.
DeCaire isn’t the first talented manager who will leave Hamilton for greener pastures, and as long as small minded Councilors continue to micro-mange, he won’t be the last .