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Obviously there are many people who’ve known about Jeff Hardel’s condition. Police department staff knew. So did the mayor and other city leaders. But this hasn’t been made public. It should have been.
We’ve had these situations before: now-retired
Chief Hardel has a right to privacy; he has a right to keep his medical condition private if he wishes. But when a public official is absent from his job for a long period of time, the public needs to know about it. A simple news release should have disclosed about the leave of absence, how long it’s expected to last, and who’s in charge of the department in the meantime.
This limited level of disclosure makes sense. If there was a
violent shoot-em-up in downtown
All of these jobs are important. The people who hold them are the faces of government, and they supposedly have their positions because they are the leaders we want in charge if, God forbid, something happens. When those people aren’t at their posts, we should be told about it.