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For the week of December 4 - 10, 2002


City administrator named acting chief of police

Express Staff Writer

With little public notice and no public discussion, the Ketchum City Council Tuesday morning unanimously confirmed Mayor Ed Simon’s appointment of City Administrator Ron LeBlanc to the post of acting police chief.

Councilman Maurice Charlat was absent.

Ron LeBlanc, Ketchum city administrator and acting police chief


The affair took roughly two minutes and was the only significant agenda item for a meeting that began at 8 a.m. The result is that LeBlanc will head the police department until a new police chief is hired, which is expected early in the new year.

Shortly after LeBlanc was sworn in, the council convened in executive session to begin interviewing three of six police chief finalists.

"That really sucks," exclaimed Mickey Garcia, a public meetings habitué, as the council moved on to other business.

Public notice for the Tuesday morning meeting arrived at the Idaho Mountain Express on Nov. 21, but the LeBlanc appointment was added roughly 18 hours before the meeting commenced.

Though the notice and agenda amendment were within the letter of the law, Garcia said that not enough time was given for the public to contribute to the discussion.

In a Monday interview, Simon said the appointment of the city administrator as acting police chief is "not standard."

"But because it looks like we won’t have someone hired until at least the end of January, I wanted to make sure we have someone in there who can manage the day-to-day activities and personnel issues, and to make sure we have a smooth transfer from the past to the future," Simon said.

Assistant Police Chief, Mike McNeil declined to comment.


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