By Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog
OMAHA — As expected, Mayor Jim Suttle has named an insider, Deputy Chief Todd Schmaderer, the city’s new police chief.
It’s a pick that finds some critics complaining but also finds the mayor dodging one big bullet.
Schmaderer was chosen over Omaha Police Capt. Greg Gonzalez and two outside candidates.
After a bit of a revolving door at OPD — the three previous chiefs all retired after less than five years at the helm — Schmaderer appears (see video below) ready to serve at least eight years.
He joined OPD in 1996 and, as Nebraska Watchdog, first reported the 40-year-old Schmaderer is not eligible to retire with a full pension until 2021.
“I plan to be here for many, many years,” said Schmaderer.
Critics of the Suttle administration complained that the mayor needed to go outside the department to bring in a fresh set of eyes bent on reforming OPD.
Those reforms include community policing.
Schmaderer told Nebraska Watchdog the critics are wrong and that OPD already practices community policing.
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