WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Reinstated Park Police Chief: Decision Will Have 'Far-Reaching Impacts'

Play associated audio

A former U.S. Park Police chief, fired more than six years ago after complaining about her department, could be back at work as early as February.

Teresa Chambers, who is now chief of the Riverdale, Md., Police Department, was fired after publicly complaining about staffing at the U.S. Park Police. Chambers said the agency lacked enough officers to protect national park land. She also said that unarmed guards protected some national monuments.

Following those comments, she was suspended and later terminated by the Department of the Interior. Citing weak evidence, the Merit Systems Protection Board ordered Park Police to reinstate Chambers within 20 days. Chambers says she was stunned by the decision.

"Overwhelmingly greatful that the Merit Systems Protection Board made the right decision, but it's still taking a while to sink in after so many years," she says.

Chamber says the board's decision sends an important message that federal employees can't be terminated for telling the truth.

"I know that this will have far-reaching impacts in a positive way for many federal employees who have found themselves in similar situations and yet their stories weren't as public because their positons were not as public," she says.

Chambers will earn more than six years of back pay. It's unclear whether the Interior Department will appeal the decision.

WAMU 88.5

The Music And Legacy Of Motown

Motown founder Berry Gordy and director Charles Randolph-Wright of “Motown the Musical" join Diane for a conversation about the history of Detroit's famous sound.

WAMU 88.5

Will Montgomery County Go "Bottoms Up" On Liquor Laws?

Since Prohibition, Montgomery County has held the purse strings on liquor sales, meaning the county sells every drink from beer to bourbon to local bars and restaurants. But local business owners are pushing back from this system, claiming it lacks efficiency and leaves customers waiting. County officials say they are holding out for alternatives that protect those within the industry. We discuss both sides of the issue today.

WAMU 88.5

Exelon's Chief Strategy Officer On Its Proposed Takeover Of Pepco

Kojo chats with Exelon's chief strategy officer about the company's vision for electric service in the Washington region, and its argument for why its acquisition of Pepco is in the best interest of customers.

WAMU 88.5

Computer Guys And Gal

Another year is coming to a close and the Computer Guys And Gal are here to discuss this year's biggest technology news, including the growth of virtual reality and the "Internet of Things."

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.