Police chief candidate promises `fresh ideas’

David Frost

The second of three candidates for the Ames chief of police said he will bring “fresh ideas” and a “neutral outlook” to the community.

Current police chief of Munster, Ind., William Sudbury, stressed community policing and community involvement at an interviewing session open to the public at City Hall Friday.

“Community-oriented policing was put in place by Chief Ballantine before he left and it is my intent to expand on those programs,” Sudbury said.

Sudbury said he does not believe his philosophy of community policing will change if he moves to Ames.

“What I see is a police department with strong personnel [and] individuals that show a lot of promise I think needs to be cultivated,” he said at the interview. “Promise needs to be cultivated and there are a lot more things the Ames Police Department could do for the community than they are doing now.”

Sudbury said Ames offers a different type of diversity than Munster because of the ISU community.

“College students are a group of individuals that keep you on your toes,” he said. “College students have a unique perspective on life and they have a different way of looking at things. They are not afraid to challenge you, they ask the hard questions, and they expect the answers.”

Sudbury said students being on their own for the first time presents issues with alcohol that should be kept out of the community.

“We have to have safeguards in place to prevent that type of activity [alcohol issues] from overflow into the community,” Sudbury said.

Sudbury has been in law enforcement for 28 years, 14 of which were at his current position. He also served as the police chief of Holly, Mich., before moving to Munster.

Steve Schainken, city manager, said he is gathering input from the community on the candidates, but has not received much input yet.

“People are going to wait until they see all three candidates and I am encouraging everyone to send us input on the candidates,” Schainken said.

He said he has been very impressed with the first two candidates and is looking forward to the third candidate coming to Ames.

The final candidate, William Sullivan, current police of Oakdale, Minn., will speak at City Hall in room 235 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on July 10. The session is open to the public.