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EDITORIAL: Wineman gripe about Jacksonville police chief hire is sour grapes

Marcus Wood-Bill Wineman

Marcus Wood and Bill Wineman

Jacksonville’s Assistant Police Chief Bill Wineman spent nearly an hour Monday complaining to the city’s Civil Service Board about not being hired for the city’s top law-enforcement position, which came open with the recent retirement of former Chief Tommy Thompson.

Wineman said the new chief, Marcus Wood, doesn’t meet the Civil Service Board’s requirements and that Wood received an unfair advantage from his friendship with Councilman Jimmy Harrell.