While I question the need for a review in the first place, (It stinks of politics and 1980's style affirmative action), the timing of this is creating a serious hardship for dozens of police supervisors who are aspiring to reach higher ranks.
Corporals have been studying for the Sergeant's written exam for the last 6 months. The written test was supposed to be next week. They are told a week before the test that it is being indefinitely postponed. To do well on these exams, takes the ultimate commitment and sacrifice. Most of these guys and girls put their lives and their families on hold for many months to bury their heads in the books. All plans are put on hold until that test is over. Many use a week or two of vacation time right before the test to review all of the material that they have been studying. To do this one week before the test is inexcusable!
Chief Johnson knows what it takes to do well on these tests which makes it even more so. He did not make any friends on the department with this poorly timed decision (Not that he cares). Why not wait until the Sergeant's and Lieutenant's lists are established and then conduct the "Review" in the late summer and fall when there are no tests? The whole reason the department utilized reviewers from other agencies was to eliminate or at least reduce any possibility of personal bias in the interview process. This is a terrible decision. The good ol' boy network will soon be rearing it's ugly head. I smell a rat and a lawsuit on the horizon...