Joe Groom and Kristen Ziman both want the top job even though both would be disastrous.
Although the mayor's office claims they have been doing an extensive search, the truth is the fix was in all along for Kristen Ziman.
That is why Kristen, not Joe or even Police Chief Greg Thomas, spoke at the crime forums about why a 150% increase in shootings is an "uptick."
The problem for Kristen is that everyone knows she has been elevated in recent years for reasons unrelated to experience, competence or talent.
Technically, even if Joe Groom's only accomplishments are bringing the red light camera scheme to Aurora and overseeing the corruption for the $163 million police palace, he does have more service and time in "leadership" than Kristen.
Enter Bob Vaughan, the corrupt mayor of Aurora's boss.
He paid off Kristen to look the other way on various crimes by appointing her partner, Chris Tunney, to the Dunham Slush Fund, which he controls.
The social circle around the Dunham Fund includes Vicki Morcis, Mike Mircis, Michael Nila, Stuart Beach and other cronies connected to corruption.
They all want Kristen to be their "witch" in the chief's chair.
Meanwhile, there are some older cops who aren't impressed with Kristen's schemes and say Joe should be the chief, even if it has to be one of the current clowns instead of someone new, independent, competent, talented and honest.
On the surface, Joe and Kristen say nice things about each other but behind-the-scenes, each has made the case why the other sucks.
Joe is correct to point out Kristen lacks competence or experience.
Kristen is correct to say Joe was the conduit for corruption in building the Aurora Police Palace.
Both are technically correct the other sucks.
Neither are competent, trustworthy or talented.
Both lack respect from the rank-n-file cops.
Both have family members on the payroll because of who they are.
So, what is poor corrupt Mayor Tom Weisner to do?
No, he's not going to fire them, even though he should.
He's going to give one of them a payoff.
And, you, the taxpayer, get to pay for it.
One of them will be named "Deputy Chief" even though that position was tossed out years ago.
It will give them a salary and pension increase for doing zero extra work.
All at your expense.