U.S. Park Police Chief Returning Almost 7 Years After Firing


Teresa Chambers, who was ousted as U.S. Park Police chief almost seven years ago, will resume her duties Jan. 31, the Washington Post reports. Chambers, 53, is returning after the Bush administration fired her for warning that staff shortages could lead to safety hazards at national parks and monuments in the Washington, D.C., area. In a 2003 interview with the Post, Chambers warned that her police force was underfunded and overstretched.

National Park Service officials charged that she provided an “open invitation to lawbreakers” by discussing the agency's potential vulnerabilities, and the Interior Department fired her in 2004. Citing weak evidence against her, the Merit Systems Protection Board this month ordered her reinstatement and ruled that she is entitled to about $2 million in retroactive pay and reimbursement for legal fees.

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/21/AR2011012105978.html

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