Every spring the emails start popping up, and the Facebook posts start appearing. “Cars are driving too fast down my road!” Or, “Cars never stop at that stop sign!” And sometimes, both. It is the number one complaint during the summer, since it is such a visible and naturally concerning issue. Almost all of us live in a residential neighborhood, and we watch as cars speed by and roll through stop signs.
The news about the police chief today is beyond surprising. Shocking doesn’t even describe it very well. The council was told that the chief of police Steve Smith offered his resignation to the city manager this morning, and she accepted. We did not receive any additional information. Fortunately Robbinsdale has extremely qualified leadership from Captain Jim Franzen who will step in and lead the department as interim Chief. The police will continue to operate at the high level we all expect.