david gibbs

david gibbs 1 day, 18 hours ago on Police chief, deputy chief investigation expected to last into June

It is imperative that the communities confidence and trust in the police department and city management begins the restoration process as soon as possible. Without quick action to deal with these required duties of government, the City Council puts at risks much of the time and money invested on several majors capital improvement projects.

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david gibbs 1 day, 22 hours ago on Police chief, deputy chief investigation expected to last into June

It still remains unclear why this process is so cryptic and complicated. This question needs to be answered; Does Chief Rae’s conduct and management style reflect the values of Steamboat Springs?

In the private sector, the recording of the Oct, 2014, staff meeting would be enough for any business owner to fire their top manager. The irony of Rae’s inability to conduct himself professionally and maintain composure while holding the much overdue meeting about his officers responsibility to act professionally and maintain their composure, would be comical if the issue was not so serious. Rae might as well have been screaming and cursing that “I’m not f@#$# qualified for this job.” The excessive force lawsuits and runaway turnover has been very costly to the taxpayers. Each lawsuit costs the City 50k out of pocket and officer turnover can run as much as 100k each. Even if you assign only half of the recent turnover to Rae’s mismanagement, the taxpayers have incurred nearly one million dollars in unacceptable expenses. This does not include any of the current tab for the ongoing investigation or future lawsuits. Managers should be an asset not a costly liability.

I find it impossible to believe any personnel matter would take three months to investigate. It is increasingly clear the people at the top are getting special treatment. A preliminary report needs to be issued by the investigator and action needs to be taken. It is time for someone to take charge of this situation and stop wasting taxpayers money.

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david gibbs 1 week, 4 days ago on Some community members continue to call for more enforcement of Yampa River rules

Thanks for the clarification of what you meant by private user. This is a numbers issue. The more outfitters, the more crowds, the more problems. Expansion of outfitters, good or bad stewards, will only over crowd the resource and cost the City more money.

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david gibbs 1 week, 4 days ago on Community members will soon be able to serve on parks and rec funding group

"The Parks and Recreation Commission proposed the working group because it believes parks and rec amenities are not being adequately funded and improved by the city's general fund."

What is the City properly funding? Sidewalks downtown?

Is it reasonable to add new parks if the current ones lack adequate funding?

Does the City have too many irons in the fire?

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david gibbs 1 week, 4 days ago on Some community members continue to call for more enforcement of Yampa River rules

"Parks and Recreation Commissioner Doug Tumminello said it was unfair for the city to burden commercial river outfitters with regulations and fees while leaving private river users unregulated."

If there is anything unfair about this discussion, it's the idea that locals need to be regulated and charged a fee because the government has over sold the use of public space to for profit ventures.

Wow, you can't make this stuff up if you wanted to!

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david gibbs 2 weeks, 4 days ago on Citizens committee not ready to rule out west Steamboat for police station

The City ruled out the current location when the property was almost sold out from under the PD. The fact that no one from the PD was asking for a new building at the time, should cause great concern. This process was started for the wrong reasons and the time and money spent seems to have been largely wasted. At this time, Steamboat would be better served if the Council put a complete halt to their need to be a development company. The community deserves nothing less than the undivided attention of the Council in an effort to rebuild the management structure of the City and the public trust.

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david gibbs 2 weeks, 5 days ago on Citizens committee not ready to rule out west Steamboat for police station

If yampa st is to be the entertainment/drunken corridor and we already have a vacancy issue downtown,

  1. Move fire department west of town
  2. Expand the police department into the fire department quarters.
  3. build a parking ramp at the corner of 8th and Yampa with the lower level secured for city/police parking and upper level used to address the public parking issue. 4.yampa could be one way, adding even more parking.
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david gibbs 3 weeks ago on Excessive force, excessive lawsuits

Why does Rae start the meeting by blaming the alleged victims for the meeting?

Does this article fully describe the tone Rae uses during the meeting, such as yelling, swearing, shouting and breaking down crying?

Why is Rae so mad at the beginning of the meeting?

Why can't Rae control his emotions during this meeting?

Is a yelling, screaming, swearing out of control police chief qualified to lead a meeting about maintaining your emotions and de-escalating tense situations?

Why if this is such a big deal, did Rae wait so long to address it?

“This is just the icing on the cake,” Rae said. “It just so happens that our next lawsuit from Mr. David Weaver is at home snuggled up in his little house in Missouri 11 miles from Ferguson. What are the odds?”

Why does the leader of the City's most powerful enterprise seemingly show such deep contempt for the alleged victims?

Is the Ferguson comment intended to delegitimize Mr. Weaver to the officers in the room?

“ruined it for all of us” What was ruined? Secrecy? Lack of oversight? Sitting in his office doing nothing?

If Rae believes the alleged victims are to blame for the problem, how can he oversee an internal investigation of alleged abuse?

How can a small PD do an internal investigation on itself, when a negative outcome reflects negatively on those conducting the investigation?

What types and how many de-escalation trainings have been offered to officers since the Ferrugia incident? Can adequate and reasonable de-escalation training take place during a one hour department meeting?

How much training can $100,000 and counting, buy?

If obstruction arrests are not condoned by the department, why does it take 34 for Rae to take action?

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