Toby Brazee of Spur has been named the new police chief for the City of Spur. He’s not so new, though, since he has lived in Spur for a number of years and even worked a brief stint as a patrolman in 2006. And, since former police chief David Barkley left town a couple of months ago, Toby has patroled Spur for the Dickens County Sheriff’s Department, and I believe he has done a good job. The city council made a good choice.
Now let’s hope Brazee is left to do his job without intervention from the powers that be. During his short shift as a patrolman he resigned after an unfortunate misunderstanding between he and former police chief Ramiro Rodriquez that was goaded by Spur Mayor Ken Gilcrease when Gilcrease told Brazee he could take a weekend off , but Gilcrease neglected to mention it to Rodriquez. Making matters worse the weekend off was Spur Homecoming weekend when Rodriquez needed the help. Since Rodriquez didn’t know that the mayor gave Brazee the weekend off, he reprimanded Brazee for not showing up for work. Hopefully this experience will serve Brazee in establishing his supervisory position over the police department, and the mayor will allow him to perform his duties, so the mayor can stick to his own responsibilities.