Where Were the St. Pete Police Command Staff?

The boys on the third floor at the PD didn't have any trouble snuggling up to Bubba a couple of years ago when they had a need, but now not so much.

Sunday, Bubba the Love Sponge and his foundation hosted their injured or killed in the line of duty. The event started and ended at Jim's Harley-Davidson in St. Petersburg.

More than 600 hundred riders showed up. The Pinellas County Sheriff showed up. A couple of the surrounding county sheriffs had staff reps there. The Lakeland Police Chief was there; even Mayor Bill Foster showed up.

Who did not show up? Not a single command staff representative of the St. Petersburg Police Department.

Not Chief Chuck Harmon.

Not an Assistant Chief, nor a Major.

No one.

The motorcycle unit was there, along with several others to lead the ride. Patrol helped with traffic. A couple of officers who regularly ride in these events were there, as was one guy from the PD building maintenance department.

I don't know about everyone else, but as someone who just retired from the PD, and was there when we lost three officers, I thought it was a bit of a snub, and downright embarrassing.

The boys on the third floor at the PD didn't have any trouble snuggling up to Bubba a couple of years ago when they had a need, but now not so much. Let's hope they don't need Bubba's help anytime soon, but then I think Bubba's heart is a lot bigger than his memory is long.

This is typical of the Harmon, Williams, Gordon, DeKay mentality; it's all about me and the moment. Nice day for golf, church, hanging with some friends. Who would want to hang around with a bunch of bikers when you don't need them?

Alone on the stage, Foster made some very appropriate comments, but did not once mention the St. Petersburg Police Department by name. If it bothered him it did not show, but he has been covering for the poor leadership at the PD for a while now. It has to be wearing thin.

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Peter J Dunlay April 18, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Mayor Foster would do well to separate himself from the "poor leadership at the PD" as quickly as possible. These Officials, including Harmon, have been around a long ttime before his Administration came into office. Your observations are correct! It's time for the Mayor to cclean house at the PD. Re-election time is coming soon and many will reflect on our fallen Officers as they enter the voting booth. St. Pete needs new leadership at the PD ASAP!
Bob Wilson April 18, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I wish the Mayor would clean house at the Police Department, and a lot of other city departments, but he seems scared of his own staff, unwilling to fire anybody directly. Even staff members that purposly mislead and even lie to City Council he hasn't disciplined in any way. Unfortunately we can't expect much in the way of competent management from our stumbling Mayor Foster. http://billfosterwatch.blogspot.com/2011/12/is-mayor-bill-foster-scared-of-his-own.html
Scott Bitterli April 18, 2012 at 09:59 PM
I am glad. I would rather not see any city or county officials working with Bubba. He is not a good representative of the people here and he should be ignored at all costs.
DALE FRANKENBERG April 19, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Cleaning house is putting it mildly......All Police Administrators above Lieutenant should be eliminated. A few strong leaders is all St. Pete Police need. Chief Harmon does not qualify to remain as Chief. When I was a Patrolman/Detective in the 60's we were a proud and always respected organization. Chief E. Wilson Purdy stood up for his Officers unconditionally. He ran a "spit & polish" police department. Chief Purdy said "If I don't see your name come up once in a while I wonder if you're doing your job".......Chief Harmon's philosophy is "If you do your job and get into trouble you will be Suspended or Terminated".........His fear of City Council, the Mayor and PUBLIC OPINION intoxicate his decisions.
jeff connor January 08, 2013 at 09:46 PM


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