Finally ... an independent GM
Last fall, I spoke to several hundred Kensingtonians as I campaigned to represent and serve residents as a KPPCSD Director. For a vast majority, one of the top priorities was the separation of the role of the District general manager from the chief of police. Residents recognized the difficulties that have roiled our town over the last 8 to 10 years stemmed in part from the inherent conflict of interest in combining the roles and the granting the responsibilities of the two positions to one individual. The priorities and skill set necessary for success are vastly different for each role. The foundation of good government is structure, policy, and process. It does not and should not rest in finding the “right person.”
As a Special Services District we are required by statute to have a general manager, and as such, an empowered general manager is most directly responsible for the smooth functioning of the district as a whole. As your elected representative on this Board, I fully support appointing Tony Constantouros as our new General Manager.
As a former city manager, he has years of providing civilian oversight over a police department, financing and overseeing capital improvement projects, soliciting appropriate community input, communicating with residents, and improving the efficiency and quality of services among many other relevant experiences that he will bring to bear to Kensington. He has high standards and a quiet steadfastness about him that will positively impact the operations of the KPPCSD.
I'm confident Tony has the right combination of skills and personal qualities that will make him successful in addressing the challenges facing, as well as the opportunity presented, to our district. He possesses the high level of experience and professionalism Kensington’s residents expect and deserve.
I promised to separate these positions and I'm pleased to be able to fulfill that promise this evening. It is with the utmost confidence that I will be pleased to vote yes for this contract making Tony Constantouros the Kensington Police Protection and Community Services District’s first independent general manager.