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Port St. Lucie's politics scares off new police chief

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- A tumultuous few months for the city of Port St Lucie. Trying to smooth out matters at the police department today as the recruited new chief says he can't handle the sour politics.

It's a short walk from the police department to city hall, but its been a long road for acting Chief John Bolduc. Bolduc takes the lead as Craig Novick, the hired and recruited chief-to-be once again refused to take the job due to politics. Novick called City Manager Greg Oravec to quit.

"He explained politics was a factor and I believe that he also explained to my assistant that the negative personal attacks on the blogs also came into his consideration. At that point it was clear he didn't really want the job so that was the end of the conversation," said Greg Oravec.

"I don't find it scary. I know the people. I know who the politicians are. I know when I'm done fighting crime, when I've wiped out crime in Port St. Lucie then I'll start playing in the politics," said John Bolduc.

Acting Chief Bolduc agrees more officers on the streets and fewer higher-ups is the right move. In April, the department removed all captains to make money available. Now, 18 more officers will be added to the force this year.

"The taxpayers are the shareholders if you draw that analogy, and we're trying to be more responsive to their needs," said Bolduc.

Oravec once thought the answer to a better functioning department lay outside the city. Now he says it was right under his nose.

Bolduc officially begins as chief when city council votes to approve his contract in 2 weeks. The city council will discuss the chief's new contract at their August 13th meeting.
Port St. Lucie's politics scares off new police chief

Saturday, August 3 2013, 05:33 PM EDT

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