Roll Out the Dead Horse
- Mayor Daley . . . what is going on?
• • Translation: Dana Starks, the Chicago Police Department's interim superintendent appointed by Mayor Daley -- who is still minus FBI clearance to deal with highly sensitive federal info and who claimed the FBI lost two previous clearance applications -- is at it again.
• • The shocker: Sneed hears Starks dispatched orders Monday via e-mail to his five top deputy superintendents restraining them from talking to outside agencies without his permission!
"What the hell is this all about?" said a top source.
• • The buckshot: "Why in the world would Starks stop his men from performing their duties without running to him first for permission? The deputy superintendents have power over policy and their people already. They need to talk to the Cook County state's attorney's office, the U.S. attorney's office, the FBI and DEA and other federal agencies . . . and so do the police commanders under them!
"This is madness."
• • The downshot: The Starks e-mail stated: "Prior to anyone requesting a meeting outside the department the undersigned (Starks) will be notified. Any questions regarding policy or deployment is the responsibility of the undersigned."
In reality, we're sure this order will be clarified after being widely ignored. The Department would cease to function if every time single time an ADS had to get written permission to communicate with outside agencies, especially in a capacity that has already been established by past practices.
But Sneed just can't help herself.
Labels: department issues