Ulring’s bid in Az

The Stockton police union officers who served under former Chief Blair Ulring have blasted him to the Flagstaff, Arizona, newspaper, where here is one of two finalists for the chief’s job there. The story’s top says:

Letters sent by members of the police union in Stockton, Calif., to Flagstaff officials have painted their former chief, Blair Ulring, as a politically ambitious man whose decisions hurt the cash-strapped department.

The president of the Stockton Police Officers Association, Steve Leonesio, said Ulring — one of two finalists for Flagstaff chief of police — was a politician who was unwilling to stand up for his officers, calling him “vindictive” and “two-faced.”

The incoming president of the union, Bill Hutto, said Ulring earned the nickname “The Emperor” and “The Dictator” with his employees by the time he was promoted to chief.

“I can honestly say I do not know of any employee in this department that would say a good word on Blair Ulring’s behalf,” Hutto wrote in an email to Deputy City Manager Josh Copley.

The city manager of Stockton, Bob Deis, said Ulring is one of the best police chiefs in the entire country and one who worked hard during an unparalleled municipal financial crisis. <more>

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