Oh, just great. If you live in Washington, DC, just know that the next police officer you meet could have their job only because the police department screwed up the paperwork.
D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier has rehired 17 officers who were fired for misconduct, saying she was forced to bring most of them back because the department missed critical deadlines for taking action.
It’s actually worse than a simple paperwork problem, though. The prior police administration refused to listen to repeated warnings and admonishments from the courts about adhering to the legal deadlines for firing their officers. The courts never had problems with the department firing officers over the years. They did have a problem with the agency waiting well past the mandated length of time to notify the officers that they were fired. The former chief, Charles Ramsey, was never shy of press attention, though he was awfully shy of being a police officer
That’s just flat-out ineptness and it’s typical of the entire DC city government. Mayor
Williams Fenty has done well to bring in folks like Chief Lanier (and Superintendent Michelle Rhee to run the school system) who have been slowly but steadily mucking out their departments and guiding them toward something resembling competence and professionalism. Fixing the big problems in the city’s government isn’t going to happen in a year or three. It’ll be a long-term project that will reveal problems heretofore unseen, as Chief Lanier discovered. I hope that the Mayor sticks to his guns and with the people who are serious about rebuilding their spoiled and fat agencies into public servants the residents of the city can actually trust.
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