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Vincent Orange

Vincent Orange clashed with previous inspectors

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s been a busy, productive spring for investigators in the District.

Attorney General Irv Nathan dispelled any notion he’s a softie with a blistering civil suit accusing Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. of redirecting city money earmarked for kids and using it to buy an Audi. The Office of Campaign Finance exceeded everyone’s low expectations with a well-documented audit of D.C. Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown’s inability to document the $170,000 his 2008 re-election campaign paid his brother. And the U.S. Attorney’s Office showed it actually does pay attention to District affairs, turning to a grand jury to help investigate alleged misconduct by Mayor Vince Gray’s mayoral campaign and launching its own Thomas probe.

But for the Office of the Inspector General, which has an annual budget of more than $15 million and is supposed to be the District’s main watchdog, it’s been a typically quiet past few months. Inspector General Charles Willoughby really only made news by deciding not to have his office investigate the mayor’s campaign, on the pretext that Willoughby once had a brief meeting with Gray’s chief accuser, Sulaimon Brown, to talk about jobs.

And the two most interesting reports out of the office lately have been most notable for being old: Earlier this month, OIG released the results of an investigation into how city paramedics handled a 911 call. Former Fire Chief Dennis Rubin asked the OIG to investigate on Dec. 16, 2008. In April, OIG released a report on the firetrucks former Mayor Adrian Fenty’s friends had tried to donate to Sosua, a resort town in the Dominican Republic. Councilmembers Mary Cheh and Phil Mendelson requested the investigation two years earlier.

“It took forever to do the damn Sosua firetruck report,” says Mendelson, who notes that the major players in that report no longer work in District government. “The biggest problem with the audits is that they take too long…their usefulness has got to be in real time.”

Another councilmember, wishing to speak anonymously, echoed Mendelson’s concerns about the speed with which the OIG operates and suggested Willoughby might not be the best fit for the job.

“In terms of priorities and moving things in a timely manner, I’ve been disappointed,” says the councilmember. “I think we probably need a change there…We could get better value for our money, for sure.”

IGs are appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the council to six-year terms. Willoughby, who makes $159,855 a year, was appointed by then-Mayor Anthony Williams in 2005 to finish out a previous term and reconfirmed in 2008, meaning the job is likely his until at least 2014.

That is, unless the council decides to do with Willoughby what they did to the last guy: hound the living hell out of him until he quits.

Willoughby’s predecessor was Charles Maddox, who resigned in 2003 after a turbulent tenure that included a no-confidence vote from the council, legislation designed to disqualify Maddox for the IG position, and a failed council lawsuit against Williams seeking to enact that legislation.

Depending on who you ask, the council’s jihad against Maddox was either entirely justified or political hackery at its worst.

The council’s effort to oust Maddox was spearheaded by At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange, who was in his first Wilson Building go-round representing Ward 5. Orange accused Maddox of skirting the District’s residency requirement, slow-walking an investigation of Williams’ aides, and being generally ineffective.

“Vince Orange had a thing for Charlie Maddox, and I don’t know what it was, but he just didn’t like Charlie Maddox,” says one councilmember who was on the council then and still is. “He kept trying to find ways of getting rid of Maddox.”

Looking back, Orange says Maddox needed to go because he “clearly was operating beyond his scope. He went after folks that at the end of the day, it didn’t bear any fruit.” Orange cited Maddox’s investigation into the Office of Campaign Finance and the Board of Elections and Ethics as examples.

“It seems to me that he was always after a big fish and the big fish never materialized—as opposed to really working to find government waste, fraud, and abuse,” says Orange, adding that he sees no problem with the current IG, other than Willoughby’s decision not to investigate the Sulaimon Brown mess.

Maddox, not surprisingly, sees things a bit differently. He suggests the council went gunning for him for political reasons—specifically, because he was looking into whether OCF was properly investigating certain councilmembers’ campaign finances.

“We received information from reliable sources within the agency that that was not happening,” says Maddox. “Obviously [the council] didn’t like the fact that we were poking around in their own backyard.”

Despite surviving the council’s efforts, Maddox eventually quit on his own. His departure, says Fraternal Order of Police union boss Kris Baumann, who has long been one of Willoughby’s most vocal critics, sent a clear message that future IGs have to play nice in order to keep their job.

“The effect was that no one with any self respect or any interest in handling real investigations will ever take this job again,” says Baumann, who adds with his typical flourish: “The OIG should be a gravel-eating ogre—everyone should be terrified of him—not a glad-handing half-wit sycophant.”

Willoughby declined to be interviewed for this article. But his chief of staff Roger Burke says allegations of Willoughby or the OIG being passive or incompetent are simply not true.

“We go after everything we find,” says Burke.

(In written testimony earlier this year, Willoughby touted his office’s work, noting some of his departments find $8 in waste for every $1 spent.)

Burke added that several former federal prosecutors, including Willoughby, work at OIG: “We’re not shrinking violets, we’re not sitting on our hands.”

Maybe. Most investigative work goes on behind closed doors, so it’s difficult to make a clear assessment of how aggressive or effective the OIG has been on any one investigation.

But it’s clear to LL that Willoughby hasn’t had much, if any, impact on recent public discourse regarding the behavior of D.C.’s elected officials. On the big issue of the day, OIG has nothing to say.

That’s not to say that the OIG hasn’t done good work; Willoughby’s investigations into the District’s role in the death of former New York Times reporter David Rosenbaum and the Banita Jacks child-murder case have drawn praise. But there hasn’t been one OIG investigation in more than a year that’s gotten much news coverage, resulted in any significant legislative action, or generally made any real impression. Instead, typical news releases coming out of the office involve minor offenses like some schlub getting busted for stealing a few thousand dollars’ worth of employment checks.

The lack of an aggressive OIG has led the council to try and pick up the slack by holding its own investigations. Those clumsy episodes have produced plenty in the way of spectacle (one word: sunglasses) but little in the way of results.

That’s a shame. Because if recent weeks have taught us anything, it’s that there are plenty of big fish to be fried out there. Too bad OIG doesn’t seem hungry.

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Comments

  1. #1

    The problem that I have with Willoughby and other District officials is that back room deals in smoke filled rooms are more important than the rule of law. Contracts, grants, and lengthy tenures in appointed or elected offices are determined by the willingness of these persons to "look the other way" and ignore the rule of law. This undermines the ability of statehood advocates to ever gain traction with Congress and persons outside the District. The first step towards true self-governance begins with the ability to objectively ferret out waste, fraud and abuse. The District, the nation's capital, is quickly becoming the laughing stock of the country for both Democrats and Republicans alike.

    Case in point, Willoughby recently addressed the Prince George's County's advisory board on Accountability, Compliance and Integrity, which was chaired by former Mayor Kurt Schmoke, (See meeting minutes from Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - pgs 44-45 of the report - http://preview.tinyurl.com/659994n) as part of their ethics reform initiative. In Willoughby's presentation, he spoke, at length, about the role, operations and authority of D.C.'s OIG. Unfortunately, despite countless opportunities to do so, Willoughby and his staff have failed properly use theses powers. Nor has OIG been able to foster an environment that encourages D.C. workers and citizens alike to report malfeasance. Then, when a Harriet Walters comes along, people wonder why no one said or reported anything. For what? Why would they? Until the senior heads of government are held accountable, people will continue to remain silent. In the end, the only ones that lose are the ones that pay D.C. taxes, which is akin to throwing money away.

    I'd love to see Suderman or Debonis or Plotkin or Klopott or another enterprising journalist examine the roles, authorities and operations of both the OIG and the OCFO's Office of Integrity and Oversight (OIO) in an objective fashion. Look at recent controversies (i.e. the lottery contract, S. Brown, uncollected taxes, declining revenues, etc.) and determine what, if anything, these offices have done relative to these items. In part 2, look at the operations of both OIG and OIO and the level of dysfunction and turnover in each office. Then, quantify how this has impacted D.C.'s ability to recoup money that has been stolen, lost or mismanaged and compare it to services that have been eliminated or cut due to lack of funding. Lastly, examine the ability of D.C. citizens to report waste, fraud and abuse and how OIG and OIO treat these reports and investigated them. I'm certain that there is enough there for at least 3 days worth of stories, if not more.

    Until Gray, Gandhi and members of the Council are held accountable, statehood will remain a pipe dream and the threat of a return to the control board will be ever present. Will Suderman and or others follow up on these items? I'm just curious...

  2. #2

    @ just curious: I totally agree with you. But don't count on Suderman to do a meaningful report on the IG.

    It's pathetic that, despite numerous requests from CP commenters, he posted this blog without even mentioning the AG's year old formal petition for IG to investigate the lottery contract. Or LL's inquiries to the AG or the IG re its status.

    I actually emailed the AG's request to LL weeks ago so he'd have no excuse about following up. Ever since then, nothing but radio silence. Post contact info for Plotkin and Klopitt. I'll get in touch with them instead.

  3. #3

    We have an OIG?
    Who knew? ;)

  4. #4

    "Until Gray, Gandhi and members of the Council are held accountable..."

    LOLOLOL.... accountable??? I'd like to see some accountability for the unsupported $9.7 million that Fenty gifted to his former chauffeur, Keith Lomax, owner of RBK Landscaping and Construction.

    Not to mention the other $20 million-plus that disappeared in 2008 and 2009 under Allen Lew's unbridled "stewardship" of RBK, Turner Construction and other dubious contractors when he headed the Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization.

    Really scary thought: Current City Administrator Allen Lew heading up a GAO-type "ethics" agency (no thank you CM Cheh and CM Brown).

    http://dcauditor.org/DCA/Reports/OPEFM%20Report%205_11_11.pdf

  5. #5

    We need to see some elected officials get handcuffed,go to jail and hell,expose the lobbyists and the pimp lawyers raping our tax dollars thru phoney procurement and contracting and see them get handcuffed and jail too ASAP or Control Board should check back in at he District Building Inn and beagan to scrub the filth forthwith.

  6. #6

    CP can you report who are the 8 churches Marion Barry legislated to abate/waive taxes for in Ward 8 recently.
    I wanna know and cannot get an answer from the Council legends,uh the rep in Ward 8.

  7. #7

    @truth hurts - see the information requested listed below:

    Mark Plotkin
    Mplotkin@wtop.com (not sure that he uses it or if it is active)
    202-895-5000 - main line

    Freeman Klopott
    Fklopott@dcexaminer.com
    202-459-4966 - direct

    Mike Debonis
    mdebonis@washpost.com
    202-334-9776 - direct

    Good luck!

  8. #8

    "But there hasn’t been one OIG investigation in more than a year that’s gotten much news coverage, resulted in any significant legislative action, or generally made any real impression."

    All the IG can do is conduct the investigaton. If the council and the mayor's office choose to take no action on the IG's findings, whose fault is that?

    I'm specifically referring to all the fraudulent, no-bid contracts that OCTO and OCP have been awarding for the last decade. There have been several reports produced by law offices, the GAO, and, most recently, the OIG in 2010 that detail the fraud. If the council doesn't want to enact any legislation to stop literally millions of dollars from going to companies located everywhere except DC, what is the IG supposed to do about that? If the media doesn't deem a report on such wholesale fraud newsworthy, what is the IG supposed to do about that?

  9. #9

    @ stinkinthinkin: LL and/or Debonis named the churches at the time Barry worked this deal w/ Kwame. Use the search features on CP and WaPo sites. I'm sure you'll find it.

  10. #10

    An IG's office is only as strong as the backing that it gets. Reports are published on a myriad of topics that are not read, not acted upon, or not cared about. If the CC chooses to disregard fraud, waste, and abuse on a city-wide scale, then do not blame the IG.

    The most telling aspect of this article comes in the misconception that the IG needs to be "aggressive", and laughably, a "gravel eating ogre". This does not foster an atmosphere of cooperation with the employees of the District, or make them feel empowered to report fraud, waste, and abuse. The IG, when properly empowered, represents the everyman, and seeks to find out the root cause of issues, so that they may be improved.

    Kris Baumann has so made a mess of the MPD and their union, that Cathy Lanier refuses to speak with him. I do not think this qualifies him to offer his opinion regarding the role and stance of the IG, which consistently presents and maintains a professional, respected presence in the District Government.

  11. #11

    Inspector Willoughby is a spinelsss jelly fish. I say through the bum out!

  12. #12

    Whew - That smile just made me throw up in mouth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. #13

    @ Joe and Right: You both seem to know a bit about the IG's office. Can either of you tell us what, if anything, happened to last July's written request to investigate lottery contract?

    ANYTHING?

  14. #14

    *my

  15. #15

    I don't have any insight into OIG. I'm just a regular DC resident who took exception to the writer's logic that no legislative action is a result of a lack of productivity in OIG.

    There's no legislative action on the results of the OIG reports because the council doesn't read them. The OCTO/OCP issue was the ax I had to grind with the city and I know OIG, GAO, and others did their part. Unless Tom Sherwood reads the OIG reports to the council on the 6:00 news, there's no chance they'll ever know what's in them.

    As far as that lottery contract goes, the council will very quickly launch an investigative hearing right AFTER something appears in the media about it. I'm certain of that.

  16. #16

    The most effective IG, like most officials, is one that garners the respect of the people he/she serves, and commands respect from those he reports to. A pleasant person to deal with, yet provides results. Time and time again no action on the part of the CC results in wasted legwork on the part of the IG, which in turn erodes the reputation of the IG.

    Mrs. Cheh and Mr. Mendelson have both admitted to not reading the reports, so what is to be done? Instead of creating a positive cyclic culture of inquiry > investigation > report > action/legislation > inquiry, we are faced with a stoppage at the council level. Upon notification of media attention, the grand blame game starts.

    Perhaps we should ask why reports are not read and acted upon.

  17. #17

    LOL@ToiletLawmakers; I agree.

  18. #18

    With regards to religion, here is what Barry proposed in a resolution in 2009 and was approved by the Council (bringing wealth to thyself through the communion):

    (f) Religion

    Issue: The need for a biblical and theological understanding of the use of and production
    of wealth.
    Priority: Retreat for 50 faith seminary professionals to develop programs.
    Cost: $50,000

    Issue: Policies of government and private sector systems create poverty and benefit from maintaining poverty
    Priority: Facilitate discussions with government and private sectors to address poverty reduction.
    Cost: $10,000

    Issue: There is a need for advocacy and effort by the clergy to address those who enable those who are in poverty.
    Priority: Host city-wide workshops for residents.
    Cost: $15,000

    Issue: The clergy needs to refine and establish publicly the moral compass addressing issues impacting government and private sector policies and practices
    Priority: Create 501(c) 3’s in churches, Create a collaborative and initiate funding sources.
    Cost: $700,000

    Issue: Major contributing factors to poverty include race, geography (off-shore) and war
    riority: Create user friendly information, tour areas with best practices.
    Cost: $30,000

    Here is the link to the entire resolution:

    http://www.dccouncil.us/images/00001/20081120112734.pdf

  19. #19

    I find it offensive that this article is targeting Charles Willoughby but includes a picture of Vincent Orange. Is it that hard to get a photog to snap a picture of Charles Willoughby? Come on WCP, don't be shy about attaching a white face to your latest expose.

  20. #20

    darn. willoughsby isn't white. ruins my fun.

    found him on google images.

  21. #21

    I think everyone should know that instead of working during work hours, the Office of the Inspector General staff is out bowling wasting our tax dollars. Something needs to be done about the corruption in this office.

  22. #22

    Nice sleuthing, RD - you exposed your own foolishness. Keep at it.

  23. #23

    In October of 2009 Michelle Rhee wrongfully terminated 266 teachers and counselors. She said it was a RIF (reduction in force) due to a budget shortfall. In normal circumstances and on almost all jobs most people are brought back to work after a RIF. New employees are not hired to replace them unless the employees themselves choose not to return to that job. This is not the case with the 266 teachers who were riffed from DCPS in 2009. In addition, Michelle Rhee later announced that she "fired bad teachers" when talking about those she riffed. To add insult to injury she said that they molested children, hit them, and abused their leave. These were shocking accusations then but to continue to hear them now is debilitating. These same teachers are having difficulty finding employment today because of it. It has been over two years and Rhee still talks about the firing of bad teachers while alluding to the 266 and others who followed. Guess what!? More will follow! She is touring the country talking about it. I know, I heard it myself when I happened to be in another state where she spoke.

    The same people on Rhee's staff in Washington, DC who were fired (supposedly) are some of the same people who travel with her around the country with this message. I saw them myself. As they showed the "Waiting For Superman" documentary I had an out of body experience watching scene after scene. All I could think of was that I was there - a faceless member of almost every scene in that documentary and now I'm here watching her talk about if from the stage.... of my alma mater....the very institution where I began my career....as if my "real" face never existed. Who knew, when she first arrived in DC that she would destroy the livilihood and careers of thousands (majority African American teacher in poor, urban neighborhoods going through gentrification) who worked so hard to teach children and struggled to hold these public school systems together when little funding was available. Now that funding is available, all of our lifelong schooling, love, caring, working with families, guidance, and long hours of attention to the needs of children and their accomplishments are on the auction block and made a mockery.

    The real clencher for me was when Rhee, from the stage of one of the greatest historically Black colleges in this country, and in the presence of the NAACP, the college President, and other respected Black leaders, asserted that she equated her movement in education with the Civil Rights Movement. I had to leave the room because I became nauseated, literally, I felt pain in my gut.

    As one teacher put it, we can't march with signs, yell, holler, and scream anymore. We are educators. We have to educate and pull together to clear our names, get our homes back, and restore our dignity. Rifs were not created to defame and discredit people. Post rif, hundreds of DCPS employees have been hired, fired, hired, fired......what!? Teachers are ducking and dodging everyday trying not to get caught up in the endless list of pink slip recipients. Teachers! Please stop this madness and organize so you do not have to live out your career in fear and uncertainty on a daily basis. We work(ed) too hard.

    Please see the attached flyer. If we unite we can send a counter message out about who we are and not allow someone to dictate that to the nation. Speak to those in your community, your churches, your centers, and anywhere you frequent. Ask them to support us in getting rid of the "bad teacher" stigma. What is really "bad" is that teachers were wrongfully terminated. But what is worse is that the "bad teacher" stigma is now a platform for Michelle Rhee which makes it increasingly difficult for these same people who have children to be hired anywhere... again.... by any other employer. This is criminal.

  24. #24

    @ RD: While your premise may have been wrong as to the use of Orange's photo, your comment had merit.

    It was dumb to use a large photo of Orange to illustrate CP's story about Willoughby and the IG. Why not use Mendo instead ... he criticized the IG. Makes as much sense.

    Of course, the photo should've been of Willoughby.

  25. #25

    "Kris Baumann has so made a mess of the MPD and their union, that Cathy Lanier refuses to speak with him. I do not think this qualifies him to offer his opinion regarding the role and stance of the IG, which consistently presents and maintains a professional, respected presence in the District Government."

    the comment made by "right...." and the FOP is incorrect by a long shot. Kris Baumann has clean up the union and put its money where it needs to go, dealing with Lanier and her idiot command staff. Lanier won't speak to him for many reasons but one being that her called her to the table in contract negotiations which ironically was at the beginning of her tenure a chief. She along with King Fenty, offered the union (and its members) zero percent for seven years. The union took her to court because you cannot come to the table with zero. Her contract SPELLS out THREE percent per year PLUS BONUSES. She apparently can't do that for the troops she supposedly leads. She was a lousy commander in 4d, as commander of sod and now as chief, can't even tell the truth on a simple escort policy. If you are a District resident or work in the city, you all need to wake up and start asking questions of your beloved Chief. You safety may depend on it. Officers are leaving at twice the rate she has previously stated. She doesn't talk to Baumann, that's her UNPROFESSIONAL choice. Business is business. Their are issues they can resolve together but she doesn't have the maturity to do so.

  26. #26

    In response to "Ralph",

    My comments above are not intended to disparage Mr. Baumann, or extol Chief Lanier. The fact remains that Mr. Baumann has "zero" IG experience, and his position does not qualify him to comment on it.

    However, since your comments appear to hijack this article using arguments ad hominem; let us examine Mr. Baumann's accomplishments. His initial running platform was the end of the crime emergency, which he did, now we have the AHOD. He touted taking the Chief to court - the AHOD remains. Officers in the District have by your own account, been working several years without a contract. A forensic audit of FOP #1 revealed serious misappropriations of funds from senior union personnel.

    A culture of discipline, fear, and retaliation remains on MPDC, long into his tenure. The centralized, top-down leadership mentality devalues the authority of the Sergeant, and has caused an all-time level of low morale. Officers are peppered with weekly union propaganda, and zero results. And "Ralph" - the UFIR remains in place.

    Now, let's examine negotiation. The coming together of two or more parties to resolve differences, or bargain for collective advantage. Mr. Baumann's bullish tactics, including embarrassing Chief Lanier at every media opportunity does not foster a culture of cooperation, and his results reflect that attitude. He appears to be more concerned with grooming himself for the "next" opportunity, then actually working for the officers, in a method that yields results.

    At its basest level, FOP #1 is low on results. The AHOD remains, no contract is in place, and officers are leaving in droves - at the rate of 30 per month in some instances. Officers are disciplined for being the passenger in a cruiser during an accident, and other outrageous examples. MPD supervisors act with impunity, and there is a reason for their conduct.

    It becomes very easy to blame the Chief using your examples; however she is an instrument of the Mayor and Council, albeit flawed. Mr. Baumann’s fiery rhetoric may inspire the younger officers, but the more seasoned personnel, the ones concerned with results, see right through words - and look for results.

    A change in Mr. Baumann's style, and a record of results with MPD would restore respect when it is much needed. Let us now return to the topic of this thread, the IG.

  27. #27

    First to Ralph, 1) Chief Lanier is the one who has made the mess of the MPD, she is the policy maker; 2) It is her directives that has the MPD in chaos; and, 3) Chief Lanier's refusal to speak with Mr. Baumann as you assert demonstrates a total lack of professionalism, failure of leadership and why she is unfit for the position she holds. With respect to your claim about his opinion regarding the IG and your claim about the professionalism of that office, I believe the Agents working for the IG are as you describe; however, they are suffering the same fate as the MPD with regard to lack of leadership. The IG's office has a MOU with MPD that allows them to route all complaints received about the MPD right back to MPD for investigation. If you doubt what I'm saying FOIA the document, I have. The integrity of the MPD investigative process in as fuzzy as its policy for conducting escorts. The IG is empowered to fill the role of watch dog for the District government. The current IG fails miserably at this function. Cases are administratively closed without investigation or they routinely accept at face value the representation of the agency head that the violation alleged in the complaint invalid.

    In response to "Right" you simply have the facts wrong. Let us begin with AHOD, that practice was declared illegal by a neutral arbitrator. The Department appealed and the case is being reviewed by the Public Employee Relations Board (PERB). A decision on that matter is expected soon. The Union does not have the power stop the Department and Chief Lanier from breaking the law; it must allow the litigation process run its course. Next the Forensic Audit, it was authorized by the Union's Executive Board and the document did not say funds were misappropriated. It did say that prior to current administration adequate records were not maintained documenting the reasons for expenditures and that the proper protocol was not followed when making some of those expenditures or adjustment to the budget. It did not say fund were misappropriated.

    Next I will address negotiation, you claim that Mr. Baumann bases the chief at every turn and that is the reason negotiations cannot proceed. This is factually incorrect, the situation is like this because Chief Lanier has broken her word on every agreement she made with the FOP. Remember the reinstated officers, she settled those cases because she knew she would lose in court; and then she turned around a charged those officers using on the same old charges alleging "inefficiency" and fired the officers again. By the way, the first few cases have been review by neutral third parties and those officers have been reinstated. She sided with Mayor Fenty against her own members and proposed no pay raise for 7 years while at the same time receiving generous increases. The last thing I will say about negotiation "Right" is look up the term GOOD FAITH. Lanier and her command staff don't know what that means, she lies all the time. That is why the union cannot negotiate with her.

    If AHOD is the measuring stick with which you are judging the FOP's results, you are not well informed. FOP#1 is a social organization The FOP/MPD Labor Committee is the Police Union representing DC police officers; it is run by a Board of 20 people elected by the membership. While Mr. Baumann is the public face of the organization, it is the Board that does a lot of the heavy lifting, get your facts straight.

    While the chief does work for the mayor, she has a duty to advocate for her agency and the people working for her. During her tenure, she never has.

  28. #28

    In response to "Lee"

    Thank you for your comments; it is refreshing to debate an issue without resorting to name-calling, arguments ad hominem, or other disparaging remarks.

    Having said that, I made no reference to facts in my statements. The FOP is not suffering due to its inability to resolve disputes - the officers are. The environment I outlined remains. By focusing on the AHOD and the fired officers, you ignore the other deplorable conditions that officers are forced to work under. How many times has a FOP rep told an officer to "...just take the discipline and beat it on appeal?”

    “The FOP/MPD Labor Committee is the Police Union representing DC police officers; it is run by a Board of 20 people elected by the membership”

    Unfortunately, if the current FOP leadership claims that they are representing D.C. Police officers, and the current methods yield poor results, then another method needs to be tried.

    "While the chief does work for the mayor, she has a duty to advocate for her agency and the people working for her. During her tenure, she never has."

    I concede you this point. This is basic social contract theory. We cannot vote the chief out, so we must work within where we can. If we cannot think outside of the box to resolve a situation, then the FOP is not needed. The strongest weapon a union wields is its ability to organize members into a strike. Officers cannot due this, therefore the organization acts with impunity. Hence, current conditions.

    And you are correct sir; the forensic audit did not say funds were misappropriated. That was my editorializing after learning union dues were being used to subsidize lavish dinners in Florida and other states, hence the necessity of a forensic audit. I will seek to be more precise.

    I agree that petitioning the chief on any issue appears to be a moot point as she is found to have a "lack of candor" on many issues. Therefore the point becomes, the current method is not working, and another must be tried. Negative media appearances designate a lack of class, and produce no results, plus give her fodder.

    Whether the PERB has ruled on the AHOD, and the officers were reinstated or not, the conditions remain. If the board of 20 cannot brainstorm a different method or system, then the officers will continue to suffer. It’s time to sit back, broadly examine the reasons for the negative relationship, and work to interrupt it, using whatever methods that calls for. Supporting change is no longer enough. Change is needed now.

  29. #29

    Hello bro, This is really bau5! Thank you ,seriously!

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