Sooo another commish bites the dust.
I think that it is too bad Kathleen O'Toole is leaving her job as police commissioner.
Of course, this being Boston, I do believe that there is shelf life for competent city officials. The retarded ones stay on FOREVER, while the half decent ones leave in disgust.
For example, Hizzoner the Mayah.
Mumbles has been on the job for far too long. While he has been able to maintain the long standing Boston tradition of cronyism and patronage he has managed to replace city official nudge-nudge-wink-wink bribery with a peculiar righteous indignation when pocketing the envelope.
The problem in Boston is that all the really shi**y criminals get locked up for 5 to 10 years and then they are released back into their old haunts.
The reality is that most career criminals don't change. A person dealing in heroin or crack can make a $1000 bucks a day. If that's what you know, it would be difficult indeed to go into a job where a) you are required to be there for X hours a week, b) get taxed a third of your pay, and c) having a record is a mark against you.
In the drug trade you make your own hours (heroin/meth during the day, crack/coke at night), nothing gets kicked back to Uncle Sam, and having a record is practically a job requirement.
Oh wait, I am getting distracted here.
Back to the police commissioner.
Well, for a while things had been going pretty good crime wise. The housing market in Boston since about 1998 has been in a boom.
(I use that year arbitrarily. It's not based on science ok)
Anyway, people have been spending millions to live in the city, and in parts of the city that had once been areas of ill repute. People seem to be comfortable in the city. The bad guys were either in jail or living in Brockton.
However since last year things have gotten all gunfight at the OK Corral.
And I know that O'Toole has only been on this job since 2004, but she seemed like a competent person to guide the Boston Police Department, but who knows. She must have pissed of the Mayah but good. Which isn't hard to do if you have an IQ greater than a peanut.
Given the current crime climate, it will be interesting to see who is next up to bat.
I am sure the Mayah will want to see some kiss-a** in that position who will appease his various groups of constituents who are clamoring to get one of their own in there.
City Hall is completely out of touch with what resources the police department actually needs. All the Mayah knows of the neediest neighborhoods is what he sees from the back of his tinted -window, chauffer-driver Escalanche on his way home to Readville.
Or from carefully constructed ribbon cutting ceremonies.
Good luck O'Toole.
And remember, in Ireland, they drive on the OTHER side of the road.