Monday , 21 May 2018

TSB’s Top News Stories of 2012: McKinney Police Chief Fired, Controversy over City Manager Ensues (No. 2)

By TSB Staff

Nothing tugged at the fabric of McKinney’s community, caused more division or more debate, than the October removal of Police Chief Doug Kowalski and the ensuing spotlight on City Manager Jason Gray, who made the “resignation” decision for Kowalski.

Gray (below right) also announced the decision to replace Kowalski (at left) on a YouTube message to city employees, leading to criticism of that method.

Kowalski was removed as Police Chief on Oct. 5 and replaced by Joe Williams, who had worked previously with Gray. Williams previously served as Police Chief in Celina when Gray was City Manager there. He was hired as Deputy City Manger in May of 2011 by Gray. Also, Williams and Gray worked together in Frisco.

For TSB’s initial reporting on Kowalski’s ouster, please click here.

For TSB Publisher Angie Bado’s opinion column on the entire incident — and if you haven’t read it you don’t want to miss it — please click here.

And finally, don’t miss Angie’s column about the sensitivity shown at the next City Council meeting, when certain members were questioned by the public about why they didn’t intervene with the decision. That story is here.

Town Square Buzz is looking back at the most newsworthy events of 2012 with our top-10 countdown that runs from Dec. 22-31. The complete list, with links included, will be included at the bottom of every story in case you miss one and would like to go back to it.

TSB’s Top News Stories of 2012

10. New Bike Lanes Approved

9. Hank’s Texas Grill Goes To-to-Toe with the City

8. Gateway Projects Gets Green Light to Proceed

7. McKinney Hits the Polls, but First One Resident Defaces, Steals Signs

6. McKinney’s Original High School Opens Spiffy, Refurbished Digs

5. Collin County Regional Airport Opens New Runway, Celebrates First Flight

4. McKinney Chiropractor Charged in Fifth Sexual Assault Case

3. Hollie Cavanagh’s “American Idol” Run Puts McKinney in National Spotlight

2. McKinney Police Chief Fired, Controversy Over City Manager Ensues

1. Coming Monday, Dec. 31




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