Epilogue: Kriseman delivered the bad news to Melanie Bevan at a Panera

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It’s no longer a secret that St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman did not select Melanie Bevan as the next Chief of the St. Petersburg Police Department.

Kriseman met with Bevan this past Saturday morning to deliver the bad news.

I don’t know why this is such a salient detail to me, but the meeting took place at a Panera restaurant, confirms Kriseman spokesman Ben Kirby.

That seems awfully informal for such a consequential discussion. Even if the choice of meeting place was Bevan’s call, it should not have taken place over a strawberry granola parfait.

The way Bevan has been treated is troubling, especially after reading Kriseman’s explanation for why he did not select Bevan.

In an op-ed for the Tampa Bay Times, Kriseman writes that Bevan “is an exemplary law enforcement officer with a distinguished resume and the support of many in our community. However, I remained unconvinced that she could serve as the change agent we needed to begin a new day at the St. Petersburg Police Department.”

Goliath Davis could not have written it any better himself.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.