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Local community advocates say Monday's resignation of Denver Manager of Safety Ron Perea does not end their concern about the office in the wake of police excessive force allegations. After the sped-up process of selecting Perea following former Manager of Safety Al LaCabe's decision to retire, advocates interviewed by the Colorado Independent are calling for more community involvement in both the selection process and Perea's replacement.
DENVER-- Residents and community activists here fear they're being cut out of the process by which Denver will appoint a new city safety manager. It's the latest chapter in a recent story of miscommunication and suspicion between city and mayor's office representatives and members of the community seeking to secure their participation in mostly reviewing police action and advising on the kind of best practices that ensure smooth relations between residents and authorities.