Whether or not he actually came to this decision on his own, what with all the rumors that he’s merely a puppet, I’m thinking Lukey’s decision to hire Nate Harper, an African American, to the position of police chief was quite a brilliant political move.
He inherited an extremely non-diverse administration and by naming Mr. Harper to this position, not only does he look good to everyone for choosing a minority, he looks good to those people who cite racism in the ranks of the police in dealing with crime. He’s now got the NAACP and the African American leaders of the Burgh in his corner.
So when election time comes next year, he’ll be able to say he’s making the tough decisions and that he’s dedicated to running a diverse administration.
And … wait for it … he’s committed to moving this city forward.
It’s genius. He’s the boy genius.