August 8th, 2008 | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, City Hall, Cops and Courts

Snubbed? Sizer Attends Leonard Meeting — Without Leonard, Top Cops (Updated with Leonard)

     
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Ongoing hostilities between city Commissioner Randy Leonard and Police Chief Rosie Sizer weren't helped at Thursday's meeting of a controversial public-safety assessment team.

What would have been Sizer's first time sitting in with the group — and a chance to mend fences with Leonard — was instead a non-event, after Sizer says Leonard and the top cops on the team didn't show up on time.

Sizer told WW she could attend only the first half hour of the meeting at 11 a.m. in Leonard's office. By the time she left to make another meeting, she said, Leonard had failed to show.

Also not showing by the time she had to leave, Sizer says, were police-union leader Robert King and Central Precinct Cmdr. Mike Reese — the team's only other police personnel.

That left Sizer with a small group of officials from the Water Bureau, the Human Rights Commission and the Bureau of Emergency Communication.

Asked whether the meeting was awkward, Sizer declined to comment.

As reported last week in WW, the team was at the center of a highly publicized falling-out between Sizer and Leonard, who's been tasked by Mayor-elect Sam Adams to do a sweeping assessment of public-safety policy in anticipation of Adams naming him police commissioner.

Leonard initially left Sizer off the team. He added her to the roster last month after Sizer complained to Mayor Tom Potter. Thursday would have been Sizer's first meeting with the group, which is due to begin handing in its recommendations to Leonard in the coming weeks.

Back from a week's vacation on the coast, Sizer declined to comment on the state of relations between herself and Leonard — two of the city's highest-profile public officials now locked in a battle for control of the police force.

"I really don't know how it serves anyone's goals for Willamette Week or anyone to do a post-mortem on this," Sizer said this morning.

Leonard says he and Reese were at a meeting with Potter to discuss another issue. He says it was Sizer who organized that meeting.

"She personally requested that I go to that," Leonard says. "I most certainly did not snub her."
 
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