Kevin Faulconer hasn’t been a politician known for unexpected moves.
In eight years as a City Councilman, Faulconer often deferred to more outspoken Republican leaders and stuck with vanilla talking points.
But Faulconer, who will be sworn in as mayor Monday, took a different approach toward one of the most significant decisions he’ll make as the city’s chief executive.
In a matter of 24 hours, the mayor-elect accepted longtime Police Chief Bill Lansdowne’s resignation and picked his replacement, forgoing a national search that some city leaders had publicly pushed.
Faulconer nominated Shelley Zimmerman, who is expected to become the city’s first female top cop after a Tuesday City Council confirmation vote. Zimmerman, who has been close with Faulconer for years, will take over a department in the middle of a misconduct scandal.
Interim mayor Todd Gloria and others urged a nationwide search for a new chief. Faulconer said no.
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He also decisively agreed with Todd to delete all their old emails: http://voiceofsandiego.org/2014/02/28/city-hall-to-purge-emails-older-than-a-year/
Fletcher would have been a far better mayor but the powers to be who actually run this city saw that he didnt win.
It was not so much a bold move as a good management move.
Whether or not its meaningful in terms of effective re-organization is yet to be seen.