I dunno. The more I think about it, it seems like a huge case of "hurt feelings."
Poor susan is hurt because the commission and allegedly, the mayors office don't think she is doing a good job. And the rampant rumors.....boo hoo, lol!
The job of police chief is hard. Very hard. You're gonna get criticized, labeled, and evaluated all the time. Many times unjustifiably so. Hard to believe she didn't know this when accepting the position.
But you stay the course and embrace the negatives while striving for the positives. And at the end if you are dismissed you hold your head up high knowing you did the best you could. Unless you know deep inside you didn't do the best you could.
In this case it looks like she is a crybaby or maybe she knows something and feels it's time to get the fuck out of there before the shit hits the fan.
Either way I'm not exuberant or excited knowing the commission will be looking just for another puppet.
I think she was always put in that position to be a scapegoat for the failures of the department even before she was appointed. Who, in the wake of the Kealoha scandal, wants to be the next chief -- knowing full well the commission is going to keep the chief under a microscope the whole time?
The commission not only allowed the previous chief to do what he did, but they enabled him. Lack of oversight, failure to recognize the evidence, and then agreeing to massive payouts to him when he left? Now they want to appear to have cleaned up their own act by micro-managing the new chief. If Ballard understood this when she went in, it must be worse now than she expected.
If the department as a whole was underperforming, she would have been happy to step into the job knowing she had plenty of room for improvement. But, since it was the top position that caused the problems before her, she had to work to make HER POSITION better. Tough to do while also doing her day-to-day job.
Her resignation may have been preordained by the commission from the start. The surprise announcement in the wake of her poor review smacks of a diversion. She was leaving this year no matter what. She was a "buffer" between Kealoha and the next chief they really wanted to appoint -- separation to protect their star appointee.
I could be wrong, but I can't really believe they would select a replacement for Kealoha without knowing the candidate could do he job perfectly.