With the usual summer crime wave plaguing some neighborhoods in New Jersey’s capital city, the Douglas H. Palmer administration has apparently taken the position that the city’s ousted police director can decide his own succession plan, at his leisure.
Also, while that process does or does not occur, the rest of the city will be kept in the dark over who exactly is taking over public safety responsibilities in Trenton.
Actually, what is going on right now with the status of former Police Director Joseph Santiago’s position really doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, given the political status quo here in Trenton.
That’s because, to state the obvious, not too many other mayors or associated administration officials in New Jersey would ever decide to keep their municipality out of the loop when it came to who was taking over the reins of power at the police department.
Most good public officials are somewhat accountable to their constituents, and the reason that most places enjoy such a peachy state of affairs is because the populace tends to hold their public officials accountable, at least when it comes to such important affairs as who is leading their multi-million dollar law enforcement organization.
But in Trenton, one of the many things that public officials lack is accountability. And that is just so much more clear when it appears the Palmer administration is doing absolutely nothing when it comes to ensuring a smooth transition into the post-Santiago years.
It amounts to just one more area of public policy where the people leading the City of Trenton come up woefully short, and what’s worse, most people could probably care less.