Left: Police chief Jack Smith; photo courtesy of Owens.edu
(Toledo, OH) Only six months into his role as police chief, Jack Smith will be returning to the position of captain tomorrow morning.
The soon-to-be ex-chief got into a "heated" altercation with Toledo Mayor Caty Finkbeiner this morning. When the exchange veered toward a physical confrontation, another unnamed city employee stepped in and separated the men.
One of my contacts in police headquarters said that he is surprised that Smith lasted as long as he did.
"Both men are extremely hard-nosed, and as much as I like Jack, the relationship was doomed from the start," he said, requesting anonymity. "It was only a matter of time before this happened, because Carty has no diplomatic skills."
The argument apparently centered around gang activity in the North End. Captain Smith defended his department's actions with regard to gangs after the mayor challenged the department's effectiveness.
More as this story develops...