Monday, February 22, 2010

The Boys in Blue are miffed at The Guy Hiding Under His Desk.

From yesterday's Columbus Dispatch:
Former State Highway Patrol superintendents say the agency's reputation for independent, nonpolitical law enforcement is being tarnished by interference from political appointees.


Secrecy surrounding the selection of a new superintendent, failure to investigate a case of "obvious fraud" by a state contractor and the scuttling of a planned sting at the Governor's Residence prompted the ex-colonels to go public with their concerns.


"I can assure you there has been no political interference in these matters from this office," Strickland said.

The former No. 1 and No. 2 patrol leaders trace problems to Strickland's 2007 appointment of Guzman and the team he assembled.

"All of a sudden, we needed to be fixed. It was a daily thing. It is a daily thing," said William Costas, who retired last month as a lieutenant colonel.
Shocked? I didn't think so.

The "lack of institutional control" that I discussed last week seems to be more and more evident. Now, with these former high-ranking officials speaking up, it's safe to say Strickland's leadership gap has continued to widen.

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