In Albero’s post “Terry Cohen Discusses Racial Workforce Diversity”, he continues his rhapsody in the matter of the Salisbury Fire Department promotions. Instead of taking an objective stance on the issue and attempting to get the true and complete story he has chosen the perplexing views of a few and has used their take on the process to take issue with the administration. I am sure if the truth would be told those feeding moldy fodder to Albero are some of the many passed over for these promotions. I am very accurately informed there were 14 candidates for 3 available positions.
A commenter identified as “ratchief” has taken Albero to task on this posting. With his permission ratchief has graciously permitted me to use his real name. He is Assistant Chief Jimmy Gladwell. I have know Chief Gladwell for many years and I can assure you he is a man of truth and integrity. Chief Gladwell sat on the review board of all the candidates that interviewed for these promotions. A short list of criteria considered is education, time in service, annual performance reviews, general observation of the candidate both in an emergency situations and in general duties in and around the stations, and the candidate must attend an oral interview and answer questions presented by the board. The candidates are graded equally and in the end recommendations are presented to Administration for promotion.
Granted the Chief may have the final say and probably has the authority to promote anyone he sees fit. But if that were the case why is there a review board in place with guidelines to follow? To what end would it serve the Chief to dismiss the boards finding and promote at his discretion. THAT would be the “Good Ole Boy” system Albero touts as being the case here. A/C Gladwell has assured me each candidate is very much aware why he or she was passed over for promotion. Should any of the candidates not understand they should seek out A/C Gladwell or other members of the board and ask for clarification
Up until recently Albero has mocked, taunted, made fun of and generally attempted to put Shannie Shields in bad light at any opportunity. Now she apparently can be an ally to Albero. He has claimed to sit down “one on one” with her to discuss the promotional process with in the department. With all due respect to Ms. Shields I doubt she has much more knowledge of the process than Albero. I would imagine however that she would objectively look into the process before making any rash and only slightly accurate statements. Ms. Shields, as I understand it, does not read the BLOGS. Maybe someone should enlighten her about some of the disparaging remarks and uncomplimentary photos Albero has posted about her in the past. If that were to occur I am sure her objectivity in fact finding would intensify.
Albero has been offered an opportunity to meet with A/C Gladwell and in a civil manner to discuss the promotion process. Albero has refused to do so. Instead he has found that by focusing on a single issue the dissention he creates here better serves his vendetta against the city. That issue being a non-exsistant race card.