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Jul 11, 2012 8:13 PM by Lacey Steele

Officials feel Interim Police Chief is a good choice for Canon City

It's been a question on the minds of many in Canon City.

How did the man brought in to study police department problems end up getting the job there as interim police chief?

We went to Canon City to try and get some answers.

The audit took place earlier this year.

"I spent about 80 hours here and spoke to almost every employee," said Paul Schultz, former auditor, now Interim Police Chief of Canon City.

In that audit, Schultz details complaints like lack of trust, communication, and leadership.

Later in May, Police Chief Duane McNeill resigned.

When they needed an interim chief, the city turned to Shultz.

"He did such a good job of conducting the audit, and his report was so thorough," said Mayor Tony Greer.

Schultz has 40 years of law enforcement experience and has been the President of the Police Chiefs Associations in Colorado and Nebraska, but several in the community say it's suspicious and seems like a conflict of interest.

Mayor Greer says the timeline may look weird, but they approached Schultz about the job.

He didn't even apply.

"He certainly wasn't interested in the position himself at the time," said Greer.

"I wasn't sure if I wanted it, but the more I thought about it the more it became attractive to me," said Schultz. "Having that background of knowing what the issues were, I felt I could make a difference."

They think he can make that difference since the improvement plan is his.

Plus, the position is temporary.

"He wants to train and develop our next police chief and hand it off to someone else," said Greer.

All of those confidential comments Schultz got during the audit did worry the mayor at first.

"Mr. Schultz assured me in my initial interview with him that not only had he destroyed those notes once he compiled the audit, but there were no names associated with the comments that he received," said Greer.

So far Shultz says he's received a warm welcome at the department.

He also tells us he's not going back to his previous job with the Attorney General once this temporary position is over, but he adds he has several options including retirement.

 

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