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Police chief pick does not sit well with some Rapid City council members

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Some Rapid City council members say they should have been more 'in the know' about the mayor's decision about a new police chief. Others say rejecting the mayor's pick could cause more problems.
 
Mayor Sam Kooiker announced Monday that he selected 43-year-old Elias Diaz to lead the Rapid City Police Department, pending approval from the city council. Diaz has been with the Rapid City force since 1998, serving in various capacities, most recently as a lieutenant.

Ward Four council member and Vice President, Amanda Scott said Tuesday that she felt she was left completely in the dark about the decision. She said she will not vote to confirm the mayor's choice. 
 
"The mayor should be ashamed of himself for not taking in the account of our citizens, and how our citizens are going to react to just having a police chief forced on them without any town hall meetings, without any meet and greets, without any explanation of the qualifications," Scott said.
 
Ward Three council member and President, Jerry Wright wouldn't say whether he'll vote to confirm Diaz, but he did say a vote to reject him could cause more problems.
 
"Eli is the choice of the mayor, and I think rather than create chaos, that may be the way to go. But we need to think about there is a lot of concern. I have had calls from a lot of people on both sides and I'm listening," Wright said.
 
The Rapid City Council will vote whether to confirm Diaz at Monday's council meeting. Like all other city council issues, it will need a majority of the vote to pass.
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