Kudos to Chief Dodd, and his Command Staff, for judiciously serving, and saving $, for the taxpaying citizens of Chattanooga, and Hamilton County.
I've always wondered (After having worked Riverbend for 25+ years, on taxpayer funded overtime)(Thanks for that $$$$ Chip Baker and the FOF!) how anyone could reasonably explain to me why a private entity, was afforded free, taxpayer supported, professional, trained and experienced law enforcement in a venue, and for a corporation, that has been granted, for 25+ years, exemptions from Chattanooga City Code for 10 days every summer.
Walden Security? At least Chip won't have to deal so much with the underage drinking thing at Riverbend, as he has been forced to do in the past. Private Security, et al, tend to overlook that sort of drinking under age thing when the profit margin becomes involved!
My greatest fear is not letting a guilty man go free, but sending an innocent man to prison
"He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." Leonardo Da Vinci
Chips got $190,000 reasons not to properly protect the taxpayers/patrons who come to his party. Be sure to volunteer. Get a pin and a tacky T shirt. We can't afford to pay Chip if we don't have volunteers. he's barely getting by $190,000 don't go far on the mountain.
Who "owns" Riverbend festival? Is it the City/County or a combination of governmental agencies, is it Friends of the Festival or a combination of local not-for-profits? Identifying whose festival it is makes a difference in how it's managed. If government doesn't own it, seems like there's a whole bunch of past due bills (including but not limited to security issues) that could be sent to a collection agency. If government doesn't own it, seems like a host of lawsuits claiming elements of discrimination need to be remedied with $$$ (all the festivals /events the past 30 yrs that never received similar government accommodations)....