Lanier Gets 5 More Years as D.C. Chief; Police Union Dissents


Cathy Lanier, the most prominent female police chief in the nation, got a new five-year contract from Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray, the Washington Post reports. Gray mentioned “a growing sense among District residents: that the city has become safer since she took charge of the 3,800 member force in 2007. Lanier is paid $253,817 annually. She will not receive a pay increase because of a law freezing her salary.

Lanier is popular in the city, but the labor union representing police officers took a different view. “It is a grim day for police officers and residents,” said Kristopher Baumann, chairman of the city's Fraternal Order of Police. Noting that the FOP has been without a contract since 2007 and that officers and sergeants have not received a raise since then, Baumann said, “We are reminded once again that this is an administration without honor, and the leaders are out to enrich themselves at the expense of the public and workers that serve the public.” Lanier, 44, joined the D.C. force as a patrol officer in 1990.

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