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The Stamford police are skeptical of Bobby Valentine

Jan 14, 2011, 2:36 PM EDT

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Bobby Valentine’s new job as Stamford, Connecticut’s Public Safety Director is not going over all that well with the people who will be under his supervision:

The announcement of Valentine’s new role wasn’t met with universal acclaim, however. Sgt. Joe Kennedy, president of the Stamford police union, expressed his doubts about Valentine to the Advocate.

“When do we get to meet Derek Jeter?” Kennedy said. “Honestly, I guess this is going to be a ceremonial position. I know he’s a nice guy, [but] I have no idea what his professional background is going to bring to this position.”

Such haters. Don’t they realize that Valentine has expertise? I mean, he was spearheading undercover operations since Sgt. Kennedy was back in high school.

Reading the article further, we learn that Valentine will be paid $10,000 a year.  So, OK, yeah, maybe this is not as big a deal as everyone made it out to be yesterday. Either that, or the public servants in Stamford are due a SERIOUS raise.

  1. Utley's Hair - Jan 14, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Hey, anybody with blinding teeth like Bobby V has GOT to be hiding something, right? He also just jumped at the chance? Come on. We all know when it comes to jobs, he’s gotta be linked and rejected at least three times.

    As to his public safety and law enforcement experience, he WAS manager for the Mutts. That’s gotta count for something, right?

  2. Panda Claus - Jan 14, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Who among us wouldn’t want one of those $10K ceremonial positions? For that price Stamford can’t be expecting too much.

    Will he have any responsibilities other than cut down on jaywalking violators or making sure kids where bright clothing on Halloween? Maybe he’ll also ensure town residents don’t overdose eating chocolate hearts on Valentine’s Day?

  3. poreef - Jan 14, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    From his new perch at “Public Safety”, I think this is a good opportunity for a Robespierre-style cleaning of MLB. Start with Selig!

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 14, 2011 at 3:08 PM

      Invite him for dinner and have him arrested for something or other?

      • spudchukar - Jan 14, 2011 at 3:16 PM

        Is there an imitating a Commissioner statute?

      • poreef - Jan 14, 2011 at 3:16 PM

        I have broader discretionary powers in mind for this “ceremonial” position. Though, of course, we’re not terribly far from it with the BBWAA and ‘roids.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_22_Prairial

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 14, 2011 at 3:29 PM

        It’s a bit concerning that these committees Bud Light is always forming would turn into Committees of Correspondence.

    • Old Gator - Jan 14, 2011 at 10:49 PM

      He could go on right after Parks and Recreation.

  4. BC - Jan 14, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Wouldn’t the unions or at least the fire and police chiefs have to sign off on the hire?

    • Panda Claus - Jan 14, 2011 at 3:19 PM

      Not to mention it might take a couple of raffles, a fish fry and two or three car wash events to pay for his salary.

  5. Jonny 5 - Jan 14, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    It is the teeth they fear. And for good reason. Bobby V. fears his own teeth and does their bidding. They will eventually demand ownership of the entire Northeast. This is just the beginning…. (enter thunderclaps and lightning)

    • Old Gator - Jan 14, 2011 at 10:50 PM

      Kinda like Audrey II in reverse drag?

  6. jfk69 - Jan 16, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    What a joke.
    Maybe Valentine will wear his mustache disguise he used when he got thrown out of a game while managing the Mets only to reappear on the bench in disguise.

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