I suspect in some fields it does, but in a field where people skills are more important than technical skills, I have found that experience is a better teacher than a classroom lecturer. History is full of success stories of those that chose not to finish college, yet have become great successes in life. One of Lafayette’s most successful businessmen fits that description, as do many nationally recognized others. So I believe that Joel’s suggestion that Reggie at least be considered is a valid one.
However I disagree with Walter Pierce that the requirements be expanded so Lafayette can have a black chief because we have never had one.
Lafayette deserves the best chief of police that can be found, whether black or white. Reginald Thomas might actually be that person, but as Pierce stated, we will never know.
Don Bacque, Lafayette