The city of Detroit and the U.S. Justice Department have recommended a former U.S. associate drug czar who has extensive municipal police experience as a new federal monitor for the Detroit Police Department, the Detroit News reports. Robert Warshaw of Police Performance Solutions LLC is subject to the approval of U.S. District Judge Julian Abele Cook Jr.
The proposed successor to Sheryl Robinson Wood was recommended after 14 candidates were chosen for interviews from about 25 applications. Wood resigned in July after the FBI discovered text messages exchanged between her and former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick that pointed to a personal relationship and meetings between them that the federal judge overseeing the case deemed inappropriate. Warshaw was associate director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy in 1997. He was deputy chief of police in Miami and chief of police in Rochester, N.Y., and Statesville, N.C.