In closed session Tuesday morning, the City Council will discuss the work of Judge LaDoris Cordell, San Jose’s Independent Police Auditor since April 2010. The discussion between the mayor and 10-member council will focus on whether or not to grant Cordell a 4-year term.
Cordell came into the position after a series of poor selections left the job looking like a turnstyle.
Inheriting the final 2 ½ years of a term that began with Barbara Attard, Cordell was immediately forced to handle a crisis when Bobbie Lopez, former president of the Police Officers Association, boasted that he had a spy in the IPA office. An investigation determined that claim to be false.
Since then, crime has risen the past two years in San Jose as the ranks have diminished, but it seems some level of trust has been restored. The IPA’s office conducted far more outreach while taking steps to quell many of the criticisms that plagued the San Jose Police Department upon Cordell’s arrival, such as aggressive street policing and racial profiling. She also has taken a hard line on delays in Internal Affairs investigations, the policy of curb sitting and equipping officers’ uniforms with small cameras.
In addition, Cordell formed a collegial relationship with Police Chief Chris Moore, which was unheard of in past IPA-Chief dealings.
Cordell said she was “very sad” about Moore’s decision to retire from his post at the end of January 2013. The end of her term will occur Dec. 31.
“My time is up in December, and I’ve been asked by some people on the council what I want to do,” Cordell said. “I told them I’d certainly consider another term.”
Cordell said she received a performance review in the spring. As of Monday morning, she had not been invited to the closed session meeting. The discussion is being held behind closed doors because it is a personnel matter, City Attorney Rich Doyle said.
Regardless of what the council decides, the decision will be announced in a public session.