By virtually all accounts Ed Flynn had been doing a great job as Milwaukee's police chief: smart, media savvy, good management skills and the first chief in ages that has the support of rank and file cops.
But then he pulls an apparent boner by reassigning all seven district captains, a move that's bound to raise eyebrows.
Let's put this into perspective.
For the average Milwaukee citizen, the district captain is the chief of police of that neighborhood. And, to his credit, Chief Flynn immediately after taking office empowered the distict captains to take ownership of the crime fighting strategies in their respective districts.
It was a bold move and the right one. So that's why eyebrows raise when all seven captains are being replaced. It may well be that some of the moves are needed for good reasons, such as retirements, but the appearance is that there's something wrong with the Milwaukee Police Department.
For a smart, media-savvy guy you'd think Ed Flynn would have figured out that appearance often trumps reality. You'd think.
As an old friend once said, "If common sense truly was common, you'd buy it at Wal-Mart."