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Patricia Nugent: A hometown police chief has merits for Worthington

To the editor:

I write to respond to a letter Friday from a Worthington resident against a petition calling for the town’s next police chief to live in Worthington.

As a taxpayer, I prefer my money to stay in town. If Worthington has had no one qualified to be chief of police, then perhaps we should have no police department. How much would that save us?

The petition reads: “We, the undersigned residents of Worthington, believe that it is in the best interest of our town to hire a Worthington resident as chief of police.”

Would someone have preferred all those who signed the petition to come to a meeting? It is still was the right of every American and taxpayer to have their say collectively.

The letter-writer seems to have information that the average taxpayer like myself does not know.

I want a chief of police in this town who knows our children, especially the young ones, knows their parents and can perhaps — without making a big deal out of small childhood matter — talk with the kids and the parents and rectify things before they become big issues.

I furthermore want someone whose position is not justified by how much money he or she makes for the police department by ticketing every town resident rushing off to work or rushing home to take their kids out to practice or to spend more time with their family.

The people who know best what is needed by the police department are the departing chief, past chiefs, chiefs from other towns and other town department heads (because they have to work together). For me a real “clincher” would be this: Have they served our country in the military?

Patricia Nugent

Worthington

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