Hands down, Lansdowne!
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In the day following ex-SDPD Chief William Lansdowne's February 25 announcement that he would retire, politicians, pundits, and police experts pronounced pious platitudes promising prolonged public participation in the process of picking a replacement. The Police Department, after all, had been racked by sexual scandal, liberally seasoned with nepotism, secrecy, and general clubby skullduggery. Transparency, it was said, would be the new watchword. Accountability would be the new policy. And merit would be the new path to advancement.

"Don't think of me as your chief. Think of me as your creepy uncle."

Two days later, Mayor Faulconer named assistant chief Shelley Zimmerman to succeed Lansdowne, citing the SDPD's need for immediate leadership. "Without a chief, those guys wouldn't know what to do," explained Faulconer. "It's not like there's some list of rules that tells them who to arrest and who to protect."

The choice of Zimmerman was generally attributed to her not being a sexually abusive creep, and also not a man. But this photo recently appeared on the watchdog site policeparty.com, captioned simply, "When bad touch is good touch: Lansdowne's right hand ensures that his 'right-hand man' is next in line for the throne."

Police spokeswoman Rona Round declined to comment for this story.

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monaghan April 3, 2014 @ 2:17 p.m.

Has anyone else noticed the striking resemblance between San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman and San Diego Schools Superintendent Cindy Marten? And the similar ways each was appointed to her job? I'm just saying....


jnojr April 7, 2014 @ 9:12 a.m.

Nothing new about the outgoing guy handing the job to a chosen successor. It's how Gore became Sheriff… it was known that Kolender was suffering from dementia, but he was run as an incumbent anyway. The voters blindly voted for the incumbent, and as soon as the election was over the job was handed to Gore and Kolender was shipped off to a home. Hooray, democracy!


dwbat April 7, 2014 @ 10:42 a.m.

I thought maybe she got the job as she looks like a relative of Bob Dylan (Zimmerman).


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