It’s official and unanimous; a new police chief was voted in Monday night by the city council.
Tim Carmody is set to take the reins but as agreeable as the proceedings were – up until Friday -- the police union said they had several major questions about the integrity of the selection process that were left unanswered.
During the council meeting, Jean Edwards, representing city landlords and who was part of the five-member selection committee explained to the council that the same, standard nine questions were asked, in the same order to all candidates. Carmody was in the audience looking on, as the vote would come in. However, not before the police union made sure the council took note to take a serious look at the selection process.
In the end, council members agreed it was a learning experience but welcomed Carmody as the new chief. “We all have the same motivation and that is to provide Council Bluffs with the most professional people we can and to keep our city moving forward and there might have been some questions about the process, but I think the intent on all parties, was to do what is best for the citizens of Council Bluffs,” Councilwoman Sharon White said.
Nate Watson mentioned the council could not tell other councils how to make the selection in the future, but they could only offer recommendations. The police union did say they would “agree to disagree” about the process but welcomed Carmody to the force.