The "Outsider" Label
- Minutes after the City Council unanimously approved his plan to sever the Office of Professional Standards from the Chicago Police Department, Mayor Daley on Thursday did something he seldom, if ever, does: He appointed an outsider, this time to lead the agency charged with weeding out rogue officers.
- Rosenzweig, 38, said the fact she is an outsider who owes no one and knows nothing about the "culture of the Chicago Police Department" will be beneficial at a time when public confidence in OPS has hit rock-bottom.
As we stated before, the City council sure showed a lot of backbone in giving the mayor exactly what he wanted and doing it unanimously. Here's the thing about "outsiders" though - they soon learn who wields the real power:
- Mayor Daley has already turned down cold a request from his corruption-fighting inspector general for 10 more investigators to police hiring abuses in the wake of the city hiring scandal.
Now Daley wants to create a new city Office of Compliance that Inspector General David Hoffman considers an attempt to undermine his authority.
In a press release issued after an action-packed City Council meeting, Daley insisted that "The primary responsibility to investigate allegations of misconduct would remain with the inspector general and others."
This Hoffman was a former Federal prosecutor brought in amidst great fanfare of being an "outsider" and "reformer" and not subject to undue influence from City Hall and the mayor. Excuse us while we laugh - Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.
And the truly remarkable thing about about the two articles we quote above - one touting the outsider and one showing exactly how Daley will undercut the outsider once he can't control them? Both appear in the Friday Sun Times and BOTH were written by Fran Spielman. Truly amazing stuff.
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