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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Didn't see that coming

The commander of the Durham Police Department's patrol officers and detectives has put in her retirement papers, after auditors determined that she personally approved a subordinate's hefty overtime claims.

Deputy Police Chief Beverly "B.J." Council will depart the payroll Dec. 31.

She will go on leave early next week and spend the next few days working with Police Chief Jose Lopez and other senior officials in the department "to ensure an orderly transition," City Manager Tom Bonfield said.

Council as of Wednesday remained in charge of the department's Operations Bureau, Lopez said, contradicting other sources who'd said she'd been relieved on Tuesday.

The announcement came a couple of hours after officials released a report saying that top-level commanders in the department, from Lopez on down, had been aware of and "enabled" an officer's abuse of the city's payroll system.

Had a couple of email exchanges with BJ over the past month which got a little testy. Wonder if this had anything to do with it?

Also, i think this marks Chief Lopez' first serious misstep in his tenure. A lot of stuff can be forgiven if you're doing the main job of keeping bad guys off the street. Pissing away the taxpayers' money ain't one of them.



  • Maybe now they'll have money for increased speeding enforcement?

    By Blogger Steve Graff, at 1:18 PM  

  • One of the exchanges i had with BJ was over the speeding issue. I'm not sure she was particularly enthused by having her officers spending more time enforcing traffic issues.

    We'll see what happens now.

    This also puts Chief Lopez' comments about those paintballers "hiding behind the internet" into a very different light, doesn't it?

    By Blogger Barry, at 1:52 PM  

  • Spending money to enforce traffic laws is much cheaper than paying out a multi-million settlement after someone gets killed and goes after the deep pockets of the city for damages.

    By Blogger Steve Graff, at 9:05 PM  

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