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City makes right pick for Chief

Pete Kerns When it was announced at a news conference last Friday in the Eugene City Council Chambers, that the city had hired its new police chief, they didn’t have to look far after a nationwide search – they already had one, interim chief police Pete Kerns, became Chief of Police during the announcement.

Kerns will inherit a 300 member plus department, along with 911 dispatchers and a $42 million budget, his annual salary will be between $100, 000 and $109,000.

A 28 years veteran of the department, Kerns is no stranger to the EPD, he began his career as an unpaid police reserve officer in 1981 and was hired as a full time police officer several years later. Kerns quickly rose the ranks in the department and was recently a Captain of the department before former chief of police Robert Leher left for California earlier this spring.

Many wonder from reports to blogs surrounding Kerns appointment if the city had made the right choice and the right man for the job.  I have had the privilege  to work with Chief Kerns over the years, when he was a reserve police officer with EPD, as I was a young gun learning the ropes of law enforcement with another Lane County Agency as an police explorer.

Kerns appointment as the police department’s Top Cop, brings a moral booster, hopefully for both line officers and dispatchers within the department. As the level of service in the department went belly up over department over scandals – it was mentioned during the press conference that the recent scandals are now in the past and the department is now moving forward in rebuilding the department’s image.

I would have to agree – now seems the time for the department to improve its image and provide the level of community service of public safety the city needs from a highly regarded department, that makes Eugene safe and sound 24/7/365.

However, the rebuilding process seems to make some unchartered waters among those in the community that oppose the new chief’s appointment, I can understand those feelings among some citizens who dearfully critical of the department rank and file & line officers on the streets.

As working with Kerns in the past, he’s dedicated to his service to the department and I’d trust him with my life, if I were in arms way.

Time will tell, if Kerns appointment will make for a meaningful approach in working with the police auditor’s office and the city’s police oversight committee, hopefully the will of the people the live and work in Eugene, will give the guy some time to make amends

America Celebrates

The birth of our country has proven that we have done the most righteous things in life for the past 233 years, since the founding fathers of our declaration of Independence penned the great document of our birth. It is said, that freedom comes with a price, a price we all have to pay in order to make our ideals of freedom a safer bet, than not.

“Wars and politics aren’t the worth cause of political bickering, but of ones natural endurance of make a point – Collateral damage on the other hand is a another story for another time and place”.

Politics are the pivots of the game. No wonder why those in Washington are elected each year to speak and voice their concerns among those that have the legal right to vote our men and women to Capital Hill. Public service is what it is called, but the freedoms and ideals that come from the “Hill” are the one’s that make the transition from hometown hero to national hero in a matter of seconds of winning an election.

Make life a little simple, Huh? But, sure is a crappy way to get the job done! It’s only common sense and America deserves better.

A taste of middle age

Middle aged crazy? What’s a guy like me with a Cochlear Implant, ok, a bionic ear have to do with being middle aged?

Crazy enough to challenge the souls of life as I see it today, compared to what life was like 44 years ago in my past.

The future today, isn’t what I had dreamed it would be today, compared in a lifetime.

“Wait a minute?”, your starting to sound like a one of those crazy sleazy Dave Berry types! Shall, I conquer?  – Not a chance.

I wonder why life has become such a melodrama of its own without the serial reruns? Perhaps, Dave Berry would’ve agreed? Probably not, after fetching sexual jokes about David Letterman and Sara Palin’s 14 year old daughter. Life would never be the same on Television – in fact, the mad cappin beef may have been the hurdle turtle on Dave’s overture to take over the “Tonight Show”  from Jay Leno.

“Ding”, the sounds of the bell ring to start the fight for late night ratings.

Speaking of late night – the late Johhny Carson was an icon of his own time and demeanor, but he was human, just like you and me, middle aged, always a crackpot of first class jokes, always brought in the rich and famous.  Maybe that’s why Jack Parr was so famous at the same time in the 1950’s, before Carson came around?

“Ding”, round two.

Whatever one’s middle age? Life, is always the same and the story is different than one can tell, depending on whom you ask. Maybe that’s why, I celebrate my 44th birthday today, as life is always full of stories to tell, especially to the kids as they grow up.

“Ding, round three!” – say, this a fight or what?

“Uh no, you must be in a post Twitter world, right?”, well…..

Like I said, life has its drama – perhaps the 40’s seem better than the 50’s? Perhaps this is the taste of one’s middle age drama, minus Dave Berry.

Welcome to my new blog!

I am hoping that some of my loyal readers over at Blogger will understanding that the blogs there will still be maintained, I’ve decided to start another approach and try my hand at doing a more serious blog, than my Cochlear Impland and Amateur radio blogs on Blogger.

It was decided that, that I needed more intriguing blog to go with the type of writing I do as blogger, rather its political or humorous, it was time to settle more serious in tone. I am hoping that the readers here on will give me that same enjoyment here as I did over at Blogger.