Former Los Angeles Police Department Commander Andrew Smith sure could teach former LAPD First Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell a thing or few about leadership.
And humility. And being a good steward of taxpayer dollars. And being a servant leader. Or just a credible leader.
After 27 years at the LAPD, Smith became the Chief of Police in Green Bay, Wisconsin. When it came to selecting his official vehicle, he decided against using public funds to buy an extravagant, luxury guzzler of taxpayer-funded gas driven by a $2 million stable of sworn chauffeurs and opted instead for a 2007 Jeep obtained through asset forfeiture.
“I take it as a point of pride that I drive pretty much the crappiest car in the fleet,” Smith says.
Meanwhile at LASD, McDonnell has spent around $100,000 that could have gone to replace unsafe deputy patrol cars or training 911 dispatchers on a blacked-out Denali and at least $1.4 million in deputy drivers (who should be in the field doing police work).
Check out the video below from the Green Bay Press-Gazzette; their article is also here.