So, let me get this straight… LISD’s Crime Stoppers program coordinator, who was part-time, retired. LISD announces the full-time job posting, sets up interviews at 10 minutes each and hones it down to two finalists? An article by Andrew Kreighbaum in the Laredo Times on August 30, 2012 has the following:
Nelson interviewed both candidates and recommended Rangel to trustees, who approved the recommendation at their Aug. 16 meeting.
Nelson dismissed any notion that Rangel’s hiring was political.
“With all due respect to any concerns about this, the crime in our schools is way bigger than any political discussions that anyone wants to have,” he said.
“The larger issue right now is what will Rangel do in the position to make a difference.”
Right. With all due respect – Seguro que si.
The top two candidates include one person who is passionate about the position and Crime Stoppers, has established good working relationships with the law enforcement entities that make up Crime Stoppers and is well connected with state Crime Stoppers officials, has been active in Laredo Crime Stoppers since 2002, has the degree, understands the Texas statutes that regulate Crime Stoppers programs, has been instrumental in assisting to make the LISD Crime Stoppers program (and the Laredo Crime Stoppers program too) one of the top-ranked in the country and is the current president of the Crime Stoppers Board and then there is the Transportation Coordinator who has not attended one single Crime Stopper training conference ever but happens to sit on city council.
I had seen Ms. Rodriguez’ resume before and asked her for it. This is part of her training:
Laredo Independent School District is free to choose whomever they want for their positions; BUT…, those choices do impact programs, perceptions and in this case, risk (I see possible conflicts of interest). Right now, they aren’t looking too smart.
Council member Rangel has big shoes to fill, especially if LISD hopes to keep the quality of the program it currently has. This situation sheds light on what undeserved opportunities are handed to those who happen to accept a position where they are supposed to be serving the public, not serving self. Fellow bloggers can make lists of other instances but the more the average citizen says, “this is not right,” the more ethical a city can run. This is but one example. I hope Laredo continues to speak up.
And don’t get me started on the widening of the gender ratio that hiring Rangel amplifies. As it is, decisions made this past year at the Sheriff’s Department already have created an all-male team handling all of Laredo Crime Stoppers. Nice guys but… the question does need to be asked.
Just remember, readers, the first step in trying to fight crime, is considering ethics.