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NOREEN: Miles weathers controversy in Dallas

By: BARRY NOREEN
January 29, 2013
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Reader Connie McMillan wondered how former Harrison School District 2 Superintendent Mike Miles is doing in Dallas, Texas, noting that Harrison board members had been very supportive of him. “How is he faring with the Dallas School Board?” McMillan asked.

The answer is it has been rough sledding for Miles lately. The media and many in the community reacted strongly when he decided to pay his top staffers from $182,000 to $220,000 after he began working as superintendent in July at a salary of $300,000.

The Dallas Morning News reported in December that Miles acknowledged his errors:

“I did a poor job,” he said. “I would have done a better job of salary comparisons first with other big urban districts and things like that, and a better job of communicating salaries. I should have done a better job of looking at those ranges before setting the salaries.”

Miles’ public information officer, who was paid $185,000 and worked for him here, resigned after the controversy. His chief of staff quit in the fall.

Miles also has been publicly criticized by board members Dallas who question his pay-for-performance plan.

Reader Mike Corder wrote in: “Across the country family pets are shot and killed by police personnel. Most tragic are the cases where the police are responding to the wrong address. My question: Does the Colorado Springs Police receive training on handling dog encounters to include reading body language? Many of the family dogs killed by police posed no threat to officers.”

Colorado Springs Police Department spokeswoman Barbara Miller said the CSPD policy on shooting animals is this:

“• The killing of an animal is justified to prevent substantial harm to the officer or another person, or when the animal is so badly injured that humanity requires its relief from further suffering. If it is possible to do so, an officer should attempt to obtain assistance from the Humane Society rather than using a firearm to destroy an injured animal. Every effort should be made to secure the consent of the owner before destroying a pet or domestic animal.

• The destruction of vicious animals should be guided by the same rules set forth for self defense and the defense and safety of others.”

Got a question? Contact Barry Noreen at 636-0363 or at barry.noreen@gazette.com. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter. Hear him on KRDO NewsRadio 105.5 FM and 1240 AM at 6:35 a.m. Fridays.

 

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