Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Open Letter from Jim Maurer

Reposted via SCRIBD - this thing is 8 pages long:



UPDATE: No disrespect to the former Chief, but we ran this thing through the spellchecker and made a minor adjustment or three. Everything else is as Chief Maurer wrote it.

UPDATE II: We're taking out the comments that are only ripping on Maurer for his grammatical structure. Yes, he's a little rough around the edges with the English language, but what's important is the message, not the structure. We know what he means and we're sure 99% of the cops reading know it, too. Don't lose sight of the big picture boys and girls - the rank-and-file is getting support that we haven't had in ages.

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118 Comments:

Anonymous 025th DST 1st Watch said...

Cozzi, Cozzi, and Cozzi.

8/25/2010 05:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could not agree more with these words.

And that is why I'm retiring next month. I won't be maxed, but I WILL be able to regain my sanity and self-respect, after working under this regime these past three years.

8/25/2010 05:41:00 PM  
Blogger NorthSide said...

After receiving Jim Maurer's letter of support for Lt. Andrews, I forwarded it to over 250 persons, media and other organizations. CIRCULATE!!!

The original was addressed...

TO: "J-FLED" Jody.Weis@ChicagoPolice.org

Do you think the lying cowardly jagoff will get "the hint"?

8/25/2010 05:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only problem with this entire letter is that Maurer was part of the problem that required the Mayor to bring Weis into Chicago.

If Maurer had stood up to Cline and allowed the disciplinary system to work then DOJ would not of threatened the Mayor with the thought of taking the Chicago Police Department into receivership and allowing a Federal judge to oversee the disciplinary system.

To prevent this from occurring the Mayor unofficially agreed to hire a former FBI agent as Superintendent.

Cline, Maurer, Williams, Kirby, Risley, et al are responsible for the current leadership at CPD!

8/25/2010 05:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FUCKING AWESOME and I never liked Mauer but very well said. AWESOME, it gave me goose bumps.

8/25/2010 05:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HELL YEAH !!!!!! Lookie here what a real cop has to say about the turd we are all stuck with. Finally someone who's command experience is second to none has blasted the artillery in the right direction. This better be the end of this guy and I hope many more exempts or former excempts step up to the plate. LOPEZ...Maher... Grau...Dugan... where are you? Mauer is the most credible face of reason to step up so far. The citizens of Chicago need to see this and decide for themselves. Are you or do you feel safer today now that JP Weis is in charge of the CPD? A hearty, "Hell no" will be the answer. He is a failure and we are finally seeing the bosses step up and say it.

8/25/2010 05:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I applaud Jim Mauer for signing his name to his letter. I will post mine also. I am retired. I still have FREE SPEECH, correct? I went to the Academy with John Andrews. He has always been the police and he has shown remarkable insight into the problems of the CPD. I have been retired for two years and I have seen how much the CPD has changed in those two years. Trying to do with so little. Everyone always complained, but listening to the PO's that I see, no one seems happy. Bosses cannot make decisions, everything is second guessed, bad guys shooting at police on a regular basis. This city need to wake up and start by voting Daley out. Replace all those civilians at 35th Street who have no concept how to run a police department - Weis, Masters and O'Keefe would be a start.

CPD was once a proud department and I was proud to be a member of that department. In ten years, even five years will anyone still be saying that. I hope so, but it seems doubtful.

Karen Brozynski

8/25/2010 05:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OUCH!

W

8/25/2010 05:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow...Boss...just...Wow!

8/25/2010 05:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HOLY CRAP! YOU SAID IT JAMES.
I really dont care what negative shit people say about you,I like the way you think about this department.
Ditto.
THANKS BOSS.

I/F 016.

8/25/2010 05:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen Jim Maurer, I respect you and what you have written. God Bless you.

8/25/2010 05:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This letter should also get national attention and couldn't more accurate! He is right on. The CPD does not trust J-Fled, his "policy group" or the clowns he has promoted. Yes, we are way understaffed, but it's hard to do police work when there is no trust also. When morale is way below bottom it doesn't help to distrust your leaders. We desperately need change all around. The one to blame is the great dictator Mayor Daley. After all he's the one who put J-Fled in charge and has had way too many years of thinking chicago is his city and we are all just lucky enough to live in it. God help the CPD and Chicago.

8/25/2010 05:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JIM MAURER FOR MAYOR !!!!!!!!!!

He has my vote............

8/25/2010 06:16:00 PM  
Blogger sharky said...

People have said a lot of things about Maurer in the past, positive and negative, but this is one powerful statement in support of Lt Andrews. Let's see if FRank Main or some of the more upstanding media sources pick up on it. Don't hold your breath though.

8/25/2010 06:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mauer for mayor!

8/25/2010 06:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maurer comments that Weiis could have kept politics at bay, plus a whole lot of other criticisms about promotions. Well, I really do not think that prior superintendets really did much better. Politics has always been part of this job and city hall has always appointed the gold stars. A superintendent that I was on very good terms with told me he was only allowed to appoint two people, his executive assistant and his driver. He has made some bad promotions, but so has every prior superintendent. Yhe problem as I see it is the lack of manpower and the total lack of confidence in the department and the civil courts to back the police up. Weiss might be a hack, but so were most of the previous supts.

8/25/2010 06:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish we had a charge in the ILCS for lying to the POLICE, then we could lock his ass up. Fucking LIAR! " I would resign and leave if I were the cause of low morale in the department". Why dont you use your infamous phrase
"GOTTA RUN" and get the fuck out of Chicago already!
WE WILL NEVER FORGET! FREE BILL COZZI!

8/25/2010 06:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A letter to the Editor from retired CPD supporting Andrew's position is in the Scum Times today.

8/25/2010 06:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

does Phil, Terry, Matt or any other prior leaders have the testicular verocity to match this?

8/25/2010 06:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weis is gone!

8/25/2010 06:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Minor riot in 600 block of West Division @ 6:30. About 30 teens going at it in the street and yards. Comforting to see that they were only beating the shit out of each other.

Kudos to the four officers brave enough to get out of their cars and confront them. Sprayed something into the crowd and the shitheads disbursed a bit. Reinforcements just arrived and the cuffing began.

Can't wait until the last of the Cabrini high rises is gone.

~~ Citizen who supports CPD

8/25/2010 06:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim Maurer was a great boss.... that being said Hey Jim would you‘d have supported Lt. Andrews if you were still on the job????? NO..... NO... FUCK NO... YOU wouldn't have.. You were Da Mayors GUY (remember) until you got fired (sour grapes I guess).... the only reason you are writing this letter now is because you didn't have the balls to do it before Lt Andrews... Do yourself a favor enjoy your retirement, hopefully you win some big money from the city from your law suit and go the fuck away....

8/25/2010 06:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just make up a postition for Weis and give us leader for God's sake. Is it that difficult?

8/25/2010 06:48:00 PM  
Blogger happytobealive said...

What a great read....although the two "great" ones will chalk it up to a "disgruntled" employee. Crime is down for a simple reason....cooking the books.Ie:any truth that the 9 shot at 79th and Western only counted as one...? Weis is destroying the CPD,and the merit promotions and other nonsense has put his mission on the fast track...God bless the "workers" of the CPD

8/25/2010 07:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maurer can't write worth a fook. I appreciate his sentiments, but was he drinking when he wrote this?

Andrews piece flowed better and was more logical. This is much more of a personal attack on 'da mare', Weis and the FBI.

Plus Chicago was NOT the safest big American city prior to the arrival of Elmer Fedd. Get your facts correct General Patton Maurer.

Again, I appreciate Maurer's sentiments, but until he hires a writer to help him he should just STFU.

The personal vitriol displayed in his letter will not prove helpful to Lt Andrews or those of us who hope to improve the department.

His line about the FBI being first to appear at a press conference was classic though.

8/25/2010 07:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, a legitimate critique from Maurer might have been something that the media and others could have used to legitimize the complaints about the demise of the CPD, and Jody's failures.

Instead it comes off as sort of a whiny rant against the FBI, as an organization that drinks their own cool-aid.

Theres a lot of people in the FBI that are like this. But to paint the entire organization like this does so in a way that were people to talk about the Chicago Police in the same broad manner, people here would take issue.

Somebody find the photo that Maurer had taken of himself standing by the lakefront, smoking a cigar in uniform, with his little lap dog at his side. Wearing a full length reefer (obviously custom made, not available for anyone else) mind you.

This guy thought he was Patton. Believe me, the guys loved him for who he was. I did as well. This is a guy who backed up his troops and understood the job.

But come on.......it loses some credibility by taking cheap shots at the FBI for being media whores.

Didn't Maurer get himself an extra star at one point? The point of that was what, exactly?

This probably won't get published. Hope I'm wrong. It's just one man's opinion.

8/25/2010 07:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My great, great Grandfather was CPD. I had two grand Uncles who were CPD. My cousin's Father was CPD. My second cousin's Husband was CPD.

They are all deceased now, for quite awhile. They were patrol, and sergeant's and detective sergeant's and were honored Officers with long, well-respected careers. They annihilated a number of scumbags. They were family men. They had backbones to their cores. They materialized from the type of genetic fabric it takes to belong to the noble Chicago Police Department today.

In their names, I congratulate the both of you, Lt. John Andrews and former Chief of Patrol Jim Maurer.

It takes tremendous courage to be a Chicago Police Officer. I see that strength, that invinciblity on the faces, in the rigid posture, of my CPD ancestors in their aged photographs, which are as precious to me as gold.

Having known and loved and lost them, I also know it takes 100x more courage to stand up to, to stand AGAINST, this pathetic, CRIMINAL excuse for a CPD superintendent Chicago has ever, ever had...Jodi Weis. Jodi Weis is a con-artist who has prostituted himself, has prostituted the position of Chicago Police Department Superintendent for a sack of fool's gold. I do not believe that anyone, anyone in the entire history of our well-respected Chicago Police Force, has ever sold more of his soul to the devil than Weis.

God bless you Officers, for taking your stand. May you walk in strength. May the numbers of your brothers in arms walking tall beside you increase by the thousands, without fear of retribution, from this day forward.

Defeat this coward, defeat this poorest excuse for a leader, who dared defile the CPD uniform.

8/25/2010 07:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As an individual who spent many years dealing with the FBI I have the following comments:

#1 The FBI only cooperates with an investigation when it can benefit them.

#2 When the question of a joint investigation between the CPD and a Federal agency if the FBI is not chosen to be the lead agency they will not cooperate.

#3 FBI agents have a very limited case load and in almost every incident do not have to respond immediately. CPD has to respond to every murder, agg batt, sexual assault immediately and with limited resources.

#4 The FBI never has to attend community meetings and seldom meets with the public, with the exception being Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr.

#5 When an FBI agent is sued for a civil rights violation the full powers of the Federal government step in to protect the agent sued. i.e. A case where 2 agents were subject to punitive damages until Washington interceded and had the case overturned. This case went to trial in Kansas City and the verdict was returned six years ago.

#6 It was well known in Federal law enforcement circles that Jody Weis was way over his head as a supervisor in Chicago. i.e. He was once escorted off the floor of the United States Attorneys office after an outburst.

#7 The FBI does not have to turn over every document to a defendant. They pick and chose what a defendant is allowed to see to defend himself.

#8 Once a police officer is detailed to a FBI Task Force the CPD no longer is allowed to supervise or discipline him and many of these details remain for the remainder of the officer's career.

#9 If an FBI agent commits serious rule violations or violates the law the FBI prefers that he retires rather than prosecute as long as it does not become public knowledge.

#10 Weis and his entourage do not care about CPD only about their reputations!

8/25/2010 07:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

aplauses, stand up and aplause. thank God ,finally we coming out of the wood work..More, More,, Thank you Jim Maurer

8/25/2010 07:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! SCC, I spotted a few more grammatical errors, but I would have to say that Mauer nailed it to the wall even better than Andrews did (no disrespect to Lt. Andrews!). Weis and the Mayor are in a big spot of trouble, and it doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon. Who else will decide to 'step into the light' from the Command ranks (or retired) and be counted? Can we expect essays to be published from Cline and Hillard as well? Time will tell.

8/25/2010 07:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting . . . isn't this the reason Mauer lost his job at the airport? BTW who were the 3 finalists for the Superintendent's job that Weis beat out?

8/25/2010 07:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read every page..Great..More retired boses speak up..God is on our side..

8/25/2010 07:55:00 PM  
Anonymous SCC Fan said...

I like most of it, but he'd have been better off without the harsh words and backhanded compliments towards the FBI. He falls into the Urban Legend territory that the FBI doesn't arrest bad guys, only old Italians and cops. That shows a great level of ignorance from a man who spent many years near the top of this Department.

In many areas of the country, the FBI work hand in hand, day in and day out with "the locals". Even in New York and LA. Seems like only Chicago can't seem to make nice with them...I wonder why?

In any case, it would be wonderful to see more exempts, retired or not, come out and support the TRUTHFUL essay written by Lt. Andrews.

Jody is in a tailspin. Keep up the pressure.

8/25/2010 07:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The LT (actually his DC) should send a copy of this letter to the Sups office so it could be put in the LT's personnel file as a complimentary letter.

8/25/2010 07:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GO JIMMY! GO!

8/25/2010 08:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Police supt.'s former driver, mayor's one-time bodyguard 2 of just 9 promoted
Critics say moves show police merit promotion process rife with politics
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August 25, 2010

BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter
A Chicago Police officer who spent three months as a driver for Supt. Jody Weis and another officer who served four years on Mayor Daley’s bodyguard detail snared two of nine new merit promotions to the rank of sergeant.

The promotion of former Weis driver Floyd Goldsmith and former mayoral bodyguard Jack Dedore has shined the light on a merit promotion process that, critics contend, is rife with politics.

Goldsmith’s merit promotion was recommended by Robert Roman, who reports to Weis’ chief-of-staff. Goldsmith spent three months as the superintendent’s driver before moving to the Narcotics Section at the end of July.

Dedore left the mayor’s detail in 2007 to serve in Gang Investigations. His merit promotion was sponsored by Sam Roti, commander of Daley’s bodyguard detail, at the request of the Gang Investigations commander, officials said.

“The merit system is widely-perceived as a clout system. It allows too much input that could create the perception of abuse. Promotions ought to be taken in rank order off the list,” said Fraternal Order of Police President Mark Donahue.

Weis, who has the final say on merit promotions, insisted that clout played no role in either promotion.

He called Dedore a “natural leader” who compiled the highest score of all the nominees ranked by a Merit Board comprised of four deputy superintendents and two assistant superintendents.

Dedore now serves as senior investigator on an organized crime case targeting gangs and narcotics that’s expected to come to a head shortly.

“There was no clout involved in this at all. I never got a call from the mayor’s office. All Sam [Roti] did was what all our commanders do,” he said.

Weis said he was so impressed with Goldsmith’s “phenomenal” inter-personal skills, he sent his driver back to Narcotics last month with a mandate to find someone to recommend him for a merit promotion.

“I asked him, `What do you want to do — be my driver or be a sergeant leading men? If you want to be a leader, quit driving me, get back in the field and find a commander to put you in. I promise I’ll look hard at your resume,” the superintendent said.

Weis noted that he has lifted the veil of secrecy surrounding the merit process by listing the names of appointees and their sponsors.

“That was one of the biggest complaints I heard: ‘This is somebody’s pet. This person has juice,’” he said.

“If this is the only thing I do in my remaining time here — to make merit look like a badge of honor — that’s what I want to do. If there was any type of chicanery afoot, we wouldn’t be announcing” the names and sponsors.

Thirty percent of promotions to the rank of sergeant are based on merit.

In 2006, federal hiring monitor Noelle Brennan used her annual report to pressure the city to overhaul the merit promotion system in the Police and Fire Departments.

“Complainants alleged that some individuals are promoted — not based on ability, but due to their relationship with the superintendent’s office, the mayor or an alderman,” Brennan wrote at the time.

“One retired commander reported that he received phone calls from an alderman requesting that he nominate someone for a merit promotion.”

Then-Chief-of-Staff Ron Huberman promised safeguards, but never delivered.

Less than two years later, 90 police employees — including a recently promoted district commander — received payouts from the $12 million fund created to compensate victims of City Hall’s rigged hiring system.

The Sun-Times reported earlier this week that, even with the 30 promotions, including the nine merit appointees, there are 136 vacancies in the rank of sergeant.

8/25/2010 08:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ummmm...Maurer for Mayor. What the Hell...Y Not? You got my vote!!!

8/25/2010 08:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yyyyyyyaaawwwnnnn.... Poor Lt. Andrews...from what I have read its a bunch of complaints with no solutions. At least SCC has solutions to go along with his complaints. P.S. remember when Maurer shit caned those patrol humpers because they had been a complete waste of time and energy. Since he has left numerous other bosses came up with triple the paperwork to be filled out, foot patrol humpers, special attentions humpers, school and park visitation humpers...etc..etc.. One step forward, six steps back.

8/25/2010 08:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank YOU, Jim Maurer...

8/25/2010 08:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said. The same letter could be written to the Cook County Sheriff's Department and Illinois State Police. On the other hand...don't tell me that you didn't play the political game when you worked here Chief! If one of us peasants upset command, an alderman, da mayor, etc...you would have sold us out. Don't say you wouldn't have. You were better than what we have now...

8/25/2010 08:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Freakin Beady I....never mind. Well spoken Jim!

8/25/2010 08:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this man. I met him once at Bush Jr's first inauguration and I'll I can say is what a class act. I appreciate any boss who takes the time to bs with the troops. How many retard watch commanders do we have now that make you pull a number before you can have a meeting with he or she.

8/25/2010 08:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need retired Boses, to step up. We also need to go to 011 dist in solidarity.

8/25/2010 08:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NO thank you Jim Mauer and John Andrews.
Two Chicago citizens and Chicago Police Officers that have stood up to Daley.

Perhaps both letters will make it to the front pages of the Times, Trib, lead story on all news networks.

We need help in the Chicago PD and it is NOT coming from the command staff!

8/25/2010 08:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chief , thanks for supporting CPD

OT less than 10 years on the job
get off , believe me the pension will be broke in 20 years

John Andrews has been around and knows CPD is at a low point

more units , office workers
1 man beat cars , police officers gunned down off duty in full uniform and daly gloating that we got a 1% raise from arbitrator

daley will be gone in 2011 and so will jfled
that's why his driver left , he played jfled like a violin to make sgt

8/25/2010 09:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANK YOU. Thank You. Weis investigator? Doubt it with detectives down hundreds and there hasnt been a class in 3 years. Patrol down thousand plus. Anyone in a blue shirt gets a big Fuck You!!

8/25/2010 09:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is what we are missing. Leaders like Chief Maurer who were not afraid to kick ass in the street when it was needed but also willing to stand up for his troops when OPS came around. How long Supt will you let the Patrol Division suffer? What do we have to do to get you to see that these conditions are deplorable in these old stations, cars that have no air, unsafe manpower levels and morale at an all time low? No more BS....let's cut to the chase!

8/25/2010 09:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the Men and Women of the Chicago Police Department, my heart goes out to you. I'm an Illinois State Police officer and know your pain.

Two men have singlehandly ruined 2 of the best Police Departments in the state of Illinois.

Jody Weiss --CPD

Terry Gainer--ISP

Gainer was our Weiss. We all thought he was going to be a good director of our dept.,(coming from the CPD) he was by far the worst leader we ever had.

He ruined the ISP forever. He alone f*****d up our dept beyond repair, and then moved on to washington d.c. to fuck up the capital police.

The current 2nd in charge of the ISP was Gainer's driver when he first was appointed the director of the ISP. This clown luis tigera never made a felony arrest, but he is now in charge of running the day to day operations of the ISP. Unbelievable.

You (CPD) are not the only f****d organization.

I have no words of encouragement, just be safe and take care of yourselves.

8/25/2010 09:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I also find it a bit hypocritical that many members of the Chicago police department who publicly criticize the citizens for not speaking up against criminals in their communities, yet so far have not stood behind Lieutenant Andrews. He knew what the consequences would be, yet he still did this, and he did it for the men and women of the Chicago Police Department."

The above comment came from Police one. Awesome and correct.

"He ain't heavy he's my driver."
bawhahahaha you are outta here.

8/25/2010 09:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Jim Maurer, i hope more join in on this and maybe finally, we can stand together for something meaningful and hopefully change. Its a shame we have to come together over our "leader", but he doesn't get it, as you have eloquently stated. Keep up the great work, and thanks again.

8/25/2010 09:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim you were always a great guy in my books and I would follow you into hell. Thanks for your support of John he is repeating what we all feel. Hopefully if enough of this is brought out we can get a true Federal Investigation starting right at city hall and follow it all the way to 35th St..

Old School

8/25/2010 09:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great letter, a real barn-burner --
the support is being marshaled.

Clo-o-se ranks!

Way to go.

8/25/2010 09:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope the media keeps their eye on the substance of Lt Andrews' letter, and not on the discipline. We need everyone to know whats going on...fuck you daley!

8/25/2010 09:55:00 PM  
Blogger Outspoken Detective said...

Chief Maurer, you are my hero for what you did while on CPD and what you attempted to accomplish with Aviation Police. Some people forget that they are police when they start wearing te white shirt. Others are always the police no matter how high up in rank they go. You are the latter. But very few remember where they started. Some, as many running the deaprtment, never spent a day in our shoes. Between your letter and Lt. Andrews publication, we can only hope the citizens of Chicago fight back to turn this city and this great deaprtment as it was. I may be jaded by our current top command staff, but I am still proud to be a part of the the Chicago Police Department. The people that are on the street every day are the greatest police officers in the nation. I am proud to be a part of that and always will be. All this City and Department need is a knowledgable leader and a Mayor who backs the men and women of this city's police department. Then you will see a drastic change in the amount of crime. We can take back this city, but we need to be prided on our work and backed up for doing what needs to be done. A little appreciation and respect go a long way. Too bad we don't have any of that from our Superintendet, Mayor or politicians.

8/25/2010 10:26:00 PM  
Anonymous LITIGATE $$$$$$$ said...

We need a horde of brass to come out of the closet and bait the First Amendment trap for the despised J-Fled.

First Amendment Section 1983 litigation with punitive damages v. J-Fled.

For your homework assignment: Google the following landmark SCOTUS decisions:

461 US 138 Connick v. Myers

391 US 563 Pickering v. Board of Education

429 US 274 Mt. Healthy v. Doyle

547 US 410 Garcetti v. Ceballos

8/25/2010 10:39:00 PM  
Blogger leomemorial said...

WOW!!!!!!

8/25/2010 10:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chief Maurer,

You were on eof the few that supported our work when you were at A/3 and continued to have our backs when you rose higher!
Weiss, Brsut, Klimas, etc...
GET OUT AND STAY OUT!

8/25/2010 10:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

having had the oppertunity to serve under Maurer at Aviation, and talk to him many times as i was going through the CPD testing process, i have to applaud him for hitting it all right on the head. Thanks Chief for taking a stand, and thank you LT Andrews!!

8/25/2010 10:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! Right on target!

Da Pelon

8/25/2010 11:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Jim Maurer was a great boss.... that being said Hey Jim would you‘d have supported Lt. Andrews if you were still on the job????? NO..... NO... FUCK NO... YOU wouldn't have.. You were Da Mayors GUY (remember) until you got fired (sour grapes I guess).... the only reason you are writing this letter now is because you didn't have the balls to do it before Lt Andrews... Do yourself a favor enjoy your retirement, hopefully you win some big money from the city from your law suit and go the fuck away....

8/25/2010 06:40:00 PM

You hit the proverbial nail on the head! But I disagree with you on one thing. Mauer was not a great boss. He was far from great. He was mediocre at best.

8/25/2010 11:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

some more bras looking to get into the spotlight. i wonder what for? maybe its because most of their careers they did it just for their own superego. rah rah rah! i'm a cheerleader too!

8/25/2010 11:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maurer is a hyprorit. He now denonces J-FLED, but Maurer never did that in the Command struture. Maurer is an ass. I agree with him denouncing J-FLED, but talk to Maurer's former staff. They will tell the stuff he is talking now is b.s. Maurer's comment's now may help his lawsuit againt the city, but he is FULL OF SHIT.

8/25/2010 11:44:00 PM  
Anonymous a fly on the wall said...

The mayor and his inner circle have gone into crisis mode over the hatred for the incompetent Weis. They now realize that circling the wagons and spin are destined for failure. They are trying to figure out if there is a graceful way to get rid of the disaster Weis, the sooner the better.

Unite and keep up the pressure. The tipping point has finally arrived and Weis knows it.

8/25/2010 11:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't Georgas, Kennedy & Bigane all work in Mauer's office as Sgt's? Weren't they top 5 on the Lieutenants test? Suddenly it's all legit? It was okay when he was stealing spots for his crew. Mauer is full of a crap and a shameless self promoter. He's probably furious that Andrews is getting all this press. Mauer would take a big giant shit on Andrews if he was still the a boss on this job.

8/25/2010 11:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The LT (actually his DC) should send a copy of this letter to the Sups office so it could be put in the LT's personnel file as a complimentary letter.

8/25/2010 07:58:00 PM

Penny Trahanas should forward this? She's busy fighting her domestic/illegal job action beefs.

8/26/2010 12:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lets get some form of petitions or signatures in support of andrews. what's weis and the city going to, get rid of the whole department, a blanket cr. come on were better than that.

8/26/2010 12:08:00 AM  
Blogger shark said...

Not a cop, but someone who has seen and personally been a victim to the crime in this city, where the hell do I sign?

start a petition for 2 morons to be thrown out of their positions...

Sher

8/26/2010 12:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It’s amazing to me, with over 25 years on this job, what is happening now. I had a lot of respect for Mauer at one time, but several things changed my way of thinking. One was at Cabrini Greens many years ago where I actually believe he went against the working cops out there. I was not there, so if anyone remembers the van incident, especially those suspended, you could provide more insight. After speaking to officers on the scene you could tell he was more worried about his position and rise then the guys working in Cabrini that day. It is kind of funny, and I don’t disagree with anything he wrote in his letter, the only thing I see is much of the same thing was going on when he was working here as an exempt and he never said a word. Same at his Aviation job, he would never buck the system that was feeding him when he was working there, but after that blown out proportion incident with a commissioner he got dumped, he sued and came forward with all of his allegations. The difference between Mauer and John Andrews is John stated it while still working for the CPD.
It will never end, not here or anywhere. When Mauer talks about politics and promotions, I believe that two sergeants, working in his office, were numbers 1 and 4 on the Lt.s list. I guess they just studied together and ended up with most all of the same answers. Did they have the answers before the test, you be the judge. Being Political is great when it is in your favor, but when your time has past and you are not in the game, per say, then you want to call foul.
All that...I am still glad what is being presented in print is being made public, only it could have been stated long before Jody got here. Daley is the root of all of this and he was around when Mauer was Chief. Years ago we (the police) never went to the media. Right of wrong we kept it in house. Well, the Department always wanted a more educated Department. They got it and it appears more and more officers are questioning what they are told to do. In reality, even if they dump Jody and Feds he rode in with, the names will change, but it will still be the same old same old. God Bless, and look into your hearts for the reasons you came on this job and for your motivation because you surely won’t find it in the Command ranks.

8/26/2010 12:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will bet a years alary that J-Fled will be gone before the 1st of Sept.

8/26/2010 12:24:00 AM  
Anonymous 013th District Copper said...

I'm a 14 year veteran and have met Mauer numerous times. I have found him to be a total class act and an officers officer! Good for him and God bless.

8/26/2010 12:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've always been a tad touched with the gift of language. Early on in life, I was apt to believe that ones ability with the written or spoken word was the most meaningful barometer of intelligence. Then, I grew up, saw a bit of life, learned more of people and came to understand that I was wrong.

To be sure, in some situations, ones capacity for communication has meaning, but it's just one intelligence type of many. Please, do not be quick to disregard the opinions of this man just because he doesn't write in florid prose.

As SCC said (and I agree with), whats important here is the message, not the aesthetic.

8/26/2010 12:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Two men have singlehandly ruined 2 of the best Police Departments in the state of Illinois.

"Jody Weiss --CPD

"Terry Gainer--ISP

"Gainer was our Weiss. We all thought he was going to be a good director of our dept.,(coming from the CPD) he was by far the worst leader we ever had.

"He ruined the ISP forever. He alone f*****d up our dept beyond repair, and then moved on to washington d.c. to fuck up the capital police."

--8/25/2010 09:22:00 PM

...but not before Gainer's stint at corporation counsel netted us Chicago's doubletalk, boobytrapped gun bans.

Gainer owned Chicago property too. I met a former tenant of his who told me how he stiffed Gainer on the rent, left the apartment a mess, etc.

We laughed.

8/26/2010 12:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Don't lose sight of the big picture boys and girls - the rank-and-file is getting support that we haven't had in ages."

That's true, but just look at how far down we've spiraled to get it. Also consider the cost; to the mental and physical well-being of those in blue, as well as that of the public.

Will this support prove to be too little, too late? I hope not!

8/26/2010 01:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If Maurer had stood up to Cline and allowed the disciplinary system to work then DOJ would not of threatened the Mayor with the thought of taking the Chicago Police Department into receivership and allowing a Federal judge to oversee the disciplinary system."

Source of this information?

Source veracity?

Proof?

8/26/2010 01:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a fly on the wall said...
The mayor and his inner circle have gone into crisis mode over the hatred for the incompetent Weis. They now realize that circling the wagons and spin are destined for failure. They are trying to figure out if there is a graceful way to get rid of the disaster Weis, the sooner the better.

Unite and keep up the pressure. The tipping point has finally arrived and Weis knows it.

8/25/2010 11:54:00 PM
?????????????????????????????????

Graceful way? just wait four months his contact is over then, duh

8/26/2010 01:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck'n A!!!

8/26/2010 01:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me take you all back to the city council hearings with weis and his command staff. I distinctly remember cuello, the highest ranking female member of the department was asked point blank what she brought to the table that enabled her to displace her predecessor. After answering with babbling double talk several times the alderman demanded an actual answer. It was then that she shared her revolutionary plans for the future of the department.......mounting pod cameras and top of squadrolls so we "could follow the drug dealers" when they move around the corner. She even knew what to call them....."MoPods!".

Let's see, it's three years later and I have yet to see any "MoPods". She has managed to demonstrate that she was completely incapable of running the patrol division. This of course necessitated creating a whole new rank, Assistant Superintendent, which she could be promoted to and a second position of equal rank to share her unknown duties and then put a third person into her old position to actually do the job. All the while we are paying her over $172K and all she manages to accomplish is embarrass the entire department by getting caught harboring her dope and gun running daughter and daughter's boyfriend in her house. Then using her position to cover herself and her daughter after the dope and guns were seized in a search warrant.

Continued...

8/26/2010 01:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Continued-
If this shameless example of criminally complicit incompetence hasn't "brought discredit upon the department" I don't know who has. But still she sits in her do nothing job, getting paid a fortune and these hypocritical spineless wonders get a CR number on Lt Andrews.
What about trahanas? Where’s the CR number on her for “bringing discredit..”? She’s caught on tape threatening the livelihood of her jocker and her arrest and photo are on the front page and the evening news but she’s back on top before you can say double standard.
We have always had our share of incompetent hacks on this job. Cline promoted some of the worst exempts I have seen in almost 30 years of service with the CPD but at least they weren’t all over the news every week.
I have been privileged to attend the FBI academy and to have worked closely with numerous police agencies over the years. I have friends in law enforcement from Burbank, IL to Bangkok, Thailand. I have always worn my uniform with pride and been given the respect commiserate with one of the world’s premier agencies. That attitude and the perception of this department and city have changed completely over the past three years. I can personally attest to this fact: The CPD is at best looked upon as a third rate department and at worst a laughingstock. Friends I have had for years, who used to hold the CPD in awe now look at us with a sense of pity and I can’t blame them.
The liberals and our own leaders felt we had a bad reputation in the 60’s and we worked hard for thirty years to change that image to one of a qualified professional police officers. Frankly, I’d rather be known as brutal, no nonsense kick ass and take names coppers than the third world joke we’re viewed as now. We could weather medjzianowski and abatte as long as we brought them to justice and restored honor the star we all wear. But weis, carrothers, trahanas, cuello, masters, kirby, flores, jackson, georgas, E. Brown, O’Keefe, Brust, Shields, moy, lewin, white, etc., etc., etc.....can we weather the damage being done continually? I don’t know but I do know for the first time in my career I am embarrassed. Embarrassed both of and for my department.
God help us all, my prayers and thoughts are with Bill Cozzi and Lt. Andrews.

PS: check out the great article on Masters, the "Top Cop's Top Guy" at http://www.chicagojewishnews.com/story.htm?sid=1&id=253651

8/26/2010 01:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"He called Dedore a “natural leader” who compiled the highest score of all the nominees ranked by a Merit Board comprised of four deputy superintendents and two assistant superintendents"

Yeah, absolutely, but apparently he didn't compile a high enough score on the exam to actually be promoted legitimately

8/26/2010 01:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to see more x-top brass to come out of the wood work and speak their mind. Maybe voters will get a hint a get rid of Daley and J-Fled.

8/26/2010 01:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great letter, but..............

How many of Maurer's inside people scored in the top 3 on their promotion tests?

Did Bigane score #1 Kennedy? Georgas?

He was a company man when it worked for him.
I wonder if Maurer ever meritoriously promoted an officer because City Hall or an Alderman asked.
To me he is a hypocrite. I think dementia might be setting in and he may not even remember that he wrote this letter tomorrow morning!

But..........still a great letter !

8/26/2010 02:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have the 8x10 photo. Baby G gave it to me a minute ago.

8/26/2010 02:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Didn't Georgas, Kennedy & Bigane all work in Mauer's office as Sgt's? Weren't they top 5 on the Lieutenants test? Suddenly it's all legit? It was okay when he was stealing spots for his crew. Mauer is full of a crap and a shameless self promoter. He's probably furious that Andrews is getting all this press. Mauer would take a big giant shit on Andrews if he was still the a boss on this job.

8/25/2010 11:54:00 PM

I'm afraid he is right.....open your eyes officers'

8/26/2010 03:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love him or hate him, Mauer hit the nail right on the head

8/26/2010 03:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is good to be on the mayor's bodyguard detail. Look what it did for Jack Townsend. I remember the famous picture of a young Jack Townsend carrying the suitcases of Richard J. Daley while trying to open doors at the same time.

That was Townsend's career in a nutshell, carrying the water for the daley's and holding the door open and saying "what else can I do for you boss?"

8/26/2010 03:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Agree With "The Fly On The Wall Comment".
In My Opinion The Mayor's Office Knows J-Fed, Was A Giant Size Mistake.
One Of Many, By Our Great Manager, His Honor, The Mayor.
What To Do Now ?
Have J-Fled, Plant A Flag, Declare Victory, And Leave.
I Think That Might Be In The Works, With This BS About Crime Being Down.
PS: Have A Nice Day ????

8/26/2010 04:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For years everyone on this blog has been bashing the shit out of Mauer,you know, the old guard, now he's the greatest thing since a ham sandwich, well which way is it?????

8/26/2010 05:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just remember, we all have our faults, and Jimmy is no exception. BUT... he always cared about the working Police and this Dept. For a moment let's put aside our personel opinions and take this for what it is...a growing support for this Dept and it's officers. We are always complaining no one has our backs and the truth is never told...WELL it's happening now boys and girls let us not screw it up by petty diffrences. Every single person both active or retired, sworn or civilian who fights against this coward of a Supt and mayor..and shows the unknowing of the conditions of the CPD, will help and we all know it's time for a change..cause it is as bad as it gets. Be safe everyone!! Thank you Lt Andrews, Chief Maurer, NorthSide and everyone else who is speaking out and fighting.

8/26/2010 05:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

UPDATE II: We're taking out the comments that are only ripping on Maurer for his grammatical structure. Yes, he's a little rough around the edges with the English language, but what's important is the message, not the structure. We know what he means and we're sure 99% of the cops reading know it, too. Don't lose sight of the big picture boys and girls - the rank-and-file is getting support that we haven't had in ages.

I'm glad you said this. My father was a man's man. Articulate, he was not. There is a generation of men that were real men, maybe not college educated, but had the wisdom, life experience and cajones to lead by example. The younger generation doesn't understand that and seems to have a different measuring stick for people who are not as polished as they.


---not a cop

8/26/2010 07:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Masters, the "Top Cop's Top Guy" at http://www.chicagojewishnews.com/story.htm?sid=1&id=253651

In reference to this article about Masters, when I get back from the hospital for uncontrolled vomiting after I read it, I'll make a comment.

8/26/2010 08:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maurer was a good boss. A lot of people felt like I do, that we would follow him anywhere, because he was a real leader. He would never ask his men to do something he himself wasn't prepared to do. I miss that old school style.

8/26/2010 08:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"He called Dedore a “natural leader” who compiled the highest score of all the nominees ranked by a Merit Board comprised of four deputy superintendents and two assistant superintendents"

Yeah, absolutely, but apparently he didn't compile a high enough score on the exam to actually be promoted legitimately

8/26/2010 01:53:00 AM

The mayors detail guys are talking so much shit they make D-3 pay (lots of overtime at sgts pay rate),1 on 1 off schedule and PENSIONABLE MONEY! I work at the hall these detail guys are shitting all over talking about this why not me? They are saying they are tired of getting daley his coffee,and taking maggie everywhere,and what an asshole the mayor is how he throws things in the car WTF! HEY OVERPAID MAN SERVANTS STFU WE ARE TIRED OF LISTENING GO SHINE DALEYS SHOES SELLOUTS!

8/26/2010 09:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where's Bobby Lopez now?

The rank and file supported him largely when he seemed unjustly attacked by "Fled".

He was restored and praised for his "contributions" once they became public over this same "insignificant" blog site.

Bobby has insider knowledge and now is the time to step up.

quid pro quo

8/26/2010 09:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuckin A

8/26/2010 09:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'PS: check out the great article on Masters, the "Top Cop's Top Guy" at http://www.chicagojewishnews.com/story.htm?sid=1&id=253651'

Just read it, thanks for putting that article out there.
What a bunch of complete bullshit. All it mainly talks about is Masters's academic accomplishments, along with his assistance and alliance with various Jewish groups in the Chicago area. I've noticed a common theme occurring in these small, obscure articles that pop up about 3M: The authors never quote anyone within the command structure of the CPD concerning whatever skills he's supposed to have in his current position. That's very interesting.
Weis isn't even quoted in this article heaping praise upon our own Yiddish Mighty Mouse. And why no mainstream press interviews? That's odd too.
For all his concern stated in this article for the "cop on the street who faces danger every day,' there were no quotes from rank and file officers about what they think about 3M, or his 'contributions' to the CPD on their behalf.

8/26/2010 09:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh no he di int!

8/26/2010 10:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

do they make underwear big unuf to hold this guys balls? right on

8/26/2010 11:26:00 AM  
Blogger Cpdcoppurr said...

Many years ago during a regular shift on midnights in 024 I remember this in shape older gentleman dressed in a CPD polo shirt and jeans walk into our roll call.... A hush came over the room, i knew he was someone of high rank, but had no idea who.... Whispers started going around the room and all I heard was "Holy Shit that is Maurer"....He stood there and addressed our watch about Police Suicides. I being a rookie had no idea who he was, but he commanded presence. Throughout his speech he choked up and began to cry . He spoke of duty, honor and service on this job and he ended his speech with his personal phone numbers written on the blackboard, home, cell and office.... He said if you are ever in need to talk and in a bad spot to call him no matter what time of day or night he would take the call...... He shook all of our hands and thanked us personally for making Chicago a better and more safer place!!!! That's who and what Jimmy Maurer is!! A cops cop through and through.

Through the years and some specialized units as well as hitting a bar or three with people that hung out with Jimmy Maurer, he is always the police and was always looking out for the police.

This letter comes as no surprise to me. After retirement he still bleeds BLUE and is still standing and fighting for our troops.

A warrior, a fighter, a troop leader and one of us no matter how many stars he wore.

Thanks John Northen for sending me that email. I was hoping it appeared up here on the site.

Thank you Jimmy Maurer for speaking up once again for the troops!! You and Fitz were always a blast to be around and always a wealth of knowledge for anyone that asked you about things, even if you knew them or not. Tell Fitz when next you both get together for a good cigar that he is missed, and that I still get a good giggle out of his retirement party from Housing!!! LOL

Retired PO Arlene Ajello

8/26/2010 11:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice of him to come out in support of Lt. Andrews now, ***from the safety of retirement***, but why didn't he stand up and say something when he was on the job, in a position of "authority," while the CPD was crumbling around him?

8/26/2010 12:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with some of what Mauer wrote but unfortunately, I have to agree with many on the blog that ask; why now and why not back then?
I believe that part of the real solution is that city government should more closely reflect the separation of powers that the Founding Fathers envisioned for our nation. The current mayor has too much absolute control over the operations of the day to day police department and anybody who doesnt agree with that is very naive. An elected administrator should primarily concern himself with exactly that. I wouldnt tell a brain surgeon how to operate on me while I am on the table about to go under the knife.
The Superintendent should not be answerable to one man or owe his allegiance to the Aldermen or the neighborhood "reverends." There should be a legitimate legislative branch, judicial branch and an executive branch for the City of Chicago. You can start by downsizing the legislative branch, since they are so in favor of cost cutting measures. The city would survive quite nicely with only twenty five alderman.
There should be three term limits for elected office judges, alderman and mayor just for starters, all with a salary that reflects the time spent and performance at that position. Any raises to the salary of a public official should also be the subject of a public referendum at election time every four years. If public servants were paid at a rate to remind them that they are exactly that, elected to serve the public and nothing more, you might see a change for the better in how the taxpayers monies are spent.
I dont know of too many jobs where the employees tell their boss how much their raise is going to be. I really dont know where to start with the CPD. There are so many leaks in the superstructure of this once proud vessel that the damage may prove irrepairable.
Lets start by having the applicants for Superintendent being first proposed by a panel of exempt rank (hopefully not the current ones) sent to the Mayor for approval, interviewed and vetted by a panel of alderman and state judges. This all sounds very far-fetched in theory but it beats the current process.
The number of exempt rank should equitably reflect the numbers of the rank and file. Less indians should mean less chiefs and dont forget their nice pensions. Hey wait a minute, could that be why we have so many?
The city and the CPD needs to spell out exactly what meritorious promotion is and what the lowly blue shirt with no clout or juice has to do in order to attain "meritorious" advancement in the ranks.
Promotions by merit should be made only after first having served five years and any further promotions to be considered for that officer should only be every ten years after the previous meritorious promotion. There are very talented people who would make outstanding leaders within our ranks and they shouldnt be penalized because the system has failed for so many years. However there needs to be an opportunity to fairly continue advancement only if those exemplary qualities continue to be displayed by that officer or supervisor.
There should be an aggressive study of an examination process to standardize and streamline it to make it fair across the board. One of the root problems of the CPD as I see it today I think is that too many of the current command staff have advanced to positions of authority and policy making far beyond their capabilities or talents.
If people say they dont test well, my opinion is that if you want advancement that bad then an officer will do whatever it takes to achieve that goal. Take a study course away from the Department, go back to school just dont sit back and let it pass. The opposite side of that coin is that an officer that tests well might not always lead well. I have learned there are supervisors, bosses and leaders of men. Sorry for the long post, God bless you all.

8/26/2010 01:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It makes me gag everytime I hear how this was once a "proud" police department. It has always been run by hacks! It just happens to be worse today. Hell it may even be that with electronic communications we just know that much more about what is going on around this department. Jim Maurer may be speaking the truth but he was nothing a bully with a gold star when he was part of the problem. I will never forget his streaming video in which he leveled a thinly veiled threat about "what he would do" if an officer spoke to his wife unprofessionally on a traffic stop. I remember thinking what an idiot, in a training video no less. Of course someone eventually caught it and that part was removed. Anyway I find it amusing that once the "haves" stop getting what they think they are entitled to the scales fall from their eyes and they see what a cesspool this place is. But they always seem to remember how great this department used to be. Yeah, for them!

8/26/2010 02:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boss, You the reaal police! Please post again soon. Wow.

8/26/2010 02:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jimmy maurer was the police--- he had his favorites just like any other boss but he wouldn't ask you to do something that he wouldn't do himself--- you lead from the front, the boss should be the baddest ass in the basket and the current cpd doesn't even come close to this mantra--- seasoned veteran officers laugh at jodi weis knowing he is a lemming--- nobody who has any sense will do shit until this goof ball is long gone----

8/26/2010 03:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I'm glad you said this. My father was a man's man. Articulate, he was not. There is a generation of men that were real men, maybe not college educated, but had the wisdom, life experience and cajones to lead by example."

I HAVE 10,000 CPD OFFICERS THAT CAN ASSURE YOU, MAURER COULDN'T HOLD YOUR FATHERS JOCKSTRAP.

8/26/2010 03:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'But weis, carrothers, trahanas, cuello, masters, kirby, flores, jackson, georgas, E. Brown, O’Keefe, Brust, Shields, moy, lewin, white, etc., etc., etc...'

Don't label former Deputy Supt. Mike Shields with the rest of those bums. Mike was a good cmdr of 005, and did a good job as Deputy Chief of A/2. Mike got tossed out of the exempt ranks because he would tell Weis that many of his 'ideas' were stupid as hell. Weis wanted yes men, Mike wasn't one of them.
A good man, and very fair boss. End of story.

8/26/2010 05:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

For years everyone on this blog has been bashing the shit out of Mauer,you know, the old guard, now he's the greatest thing since a ham sandwich, well which way is it?????

8/26/2010 05:23:00 AM


Ham sandwiches are great.

8/26/2010 05:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job Jim!

8/26/2010 05:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe someone would want to remind a certain Area 1 Sgt. that you are supposed to take care of your guys. Not worry about yourself. that is the problem with this Department. A load of kiss asses worried about no one but themselves.

8/26/2010 05:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maurer was an SSME (SENIOR Subject Matter Expert) for the development of all the promotional exams during his years as a Deputy Chief in Area 3 and as the Chief of Patrol. As such, he had access to (along with only two other people - Hiram Grau and Terry Hillard) the ENTIRE respective exam before it was administered.
Here is how various members of his "inner circle" performed on promotional exams:
Christopher K., Maurer's administrative sergeant, scored #1 on his lieutenant's exam, by a wide margin - there were other candidates separated by 1/100 of a point, but he had several whole points between him and the #2 scorer. Sgt. Steve G., also a member of the "inner circle," scored #4 on the same exam. Sgt. Maureen B. was a Maurer staff member, and onetime girlfriend of Christopher K. (it's the truth), and she scored #1 by a wide margin on a subsequent lieutenant's exam. But here is the best one - Kevin H., now a lieutenant at the Park District, scored #1 on his sergeant's exam and #3 on his lieutenant's exam. When he "aced" the sergeant's exam, he was also told to lie about it, and so he made it sound like he scored "somewhere in the forties" in rank order. First, you don't hide something unless you have SOMETHING to hide, and second, these amazing feats of testing skill are statistically impossible without outside help. So draw your own conclusions, but give it some thought before you heap all of this praise on "General Patton" Maurer. In order to get his chosen few promoted, others missed out on well-deserved promotions. People who worked and studied hard lost out to those "in the know" insiders.

8/26/2010 08:18:00 PM  
Anonymous The Old Lieutenant said...

That's who and what Jimmy Maurer is!! A cops cop through and through..... he is always the police and was always looking out for the police....This letter comes as no surprise to me. After retirement he still bleeds BLUE and is still standing and fighting for our troops.

A warrior, a fighter, a troop leader and one of us no matter how many stars he wore.

***************

First off dolly, I am not a "troop". I am a police officer, a cop etc. I was a "troop", a paratrooper for 8 years. That lifestyle is more work in a week than anyone does here in a year. We ain't "troops", we're cops.

Second, several years ago there was an incident at Cabrini where some criminals refused to exit a van. It was taped by a cell phone from 6 floors above. After removal from the van one of the criminals was still resisting and you could see an officer kicking his arm out from underneath him. Daley decided someone must be prosecuted because he did not want JJ Sr. raising a stink on TV. The great Mauer walked into roll call in 018 and called everyone cowards for not identifying the officer who was kicking. He really had the "troops" back.

I worked for him when he was the commander of Area 4, he was a mean and petty man. He wasn't beefing when he was getting $160K a year from the dept. of aviation. They took away his "privilege" and now he's mad. Everybody gets dumped sooner or later. Suck it up, Jimmy. That's what you told me.

Just because some old boss was humping your once young leg don't make him great. Stick to painting your Kentucky farmhouse.

8/26/2010 11:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is why this dept will always be screwed. You can never make everyone happy. I could give a rats ass about what this man did when he was here but..... the moral of the story is he came forward and is standing up for the officers still here. thank you sir

8/27/2010 12:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maurer was an SSME (SENIOR Subject Matter Expert) for the development of all the promotional exams during his years as a Deputy Chief in Area 3 and as the Chief of Patrol. As such, he had access to (along with only two other people - Hiram Grau and Terry Hillard) the ENTIRE respective exam before it was administered


Sooooo if you know all these facts can you please tell me why his once Sgt and good family friend is only a sgt.(J.F)and Kevin who is no one to him a Lt at the park dist. your an asshat! don't hate, study next time buddy!

8/27/2010 01:28:00 AM  
Blogger NorthSide said...

11:34 PM

Don't be condescending and address Arlene as "Dolly". She's a class act who is entitled to respect.

You know it's commonplace to refer to the rank-and-file in a P.D. as "the troops".

I too worked with Maurer at Detective Division Area 4. Most of my career was spent in "the D". In my experience, Maurer was my best "D" commander of exempt rank. However, I never had a more respected, streetwise leader than the late George Sims in Fillmo'.

I still bust Maurer's balls about the time at Area 4 when he actually wrote a critical letter to the then Supt. citing low morale. Suffice to say, it was not well received. HQ has no love lost for critical CPD "letter writers". Trust me. I know. Obviously, the same now applies to John Andrews.

While I do know troops were screwed in the 018 incident at 624 W. Division St. in Cabrini-Green, I have no knowledge of Maurer's involvement, if any.

Ignore him, Pepper. Unlike you, "anonymous" refused to give his name. Ergo, he has diminished credibility. "Like water off a duck's back", kiddo.

Quack!

8/27/2010 03:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Old Lieutenant said...
That's who and what Jimmy Maurer is!! A cops cop through and through..... he is always the police and was always looking out for the police....This letter comes as no surprise to me. After retirement he still bleeds BLUE and is still standing and fighting for our troops.

A warrior, a fighter, a troop leader and one of us no matter how many stars he wore.

***************

First off dolly, I am not a "troop". I am a police officer, a cop etc. I was a "troop", a paratrooper for 8 years. That lifestyle is more work in a week than anyone does here in a year. We ain't "troops", we're cops.

Second, several years ago there was an incident at Cabrini where some criminals refused to exit a van. It was taped by a cell phone from 6 floors above. After removal from the van one of the criminals was still resisting and you could see an officer kicking his arm out from underneath him. Daley decided someone must be prosecuted because he did not want JJ Sr. raising a stink on TV. The great Mauer walked into roll call in 018 and called everyone cowards for not identifying the officer who was kicking. He really had the "troops" back.

I worked for him when he was the commander of Area 4, he was a mean and petty man. He wasn't beefing when he was getting $160K a year from the dept. of aviation. They took away his "privilege" and now he's mad. Everybody gets dumped sooner or later. Suck it up, Jimmy. That's what you told me.

Just because some old boss was humping your once young leg don't make him great. Stick to painting your Kentucky farmhouse.

8/26/2010 11:34:00 PM

This guy is so right. I also believe Jimmy asked the coppers to step out in the hallway and square off with him. Back then Jimmy was very lovie dovie with Daley and his idea of greatness. Jimmy wanted to move up even higher. Don't forget these things. The idea of power can make a man do things he normally wouldn't. The loss of power can make him turn on the ones that once made him.

8/27/2010 04:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was a Green Beret/cop that fateful day in 018 that almost took Maurer on his offer to step outside and deal with him. Almost. At the urging of my co-workers, I stayed in the room with the other cops while Maurer went on and on about his ability to kick all our butts to get justice for the incident in 018!
After reading this letter...I wish I had stepped out to face you Sir. You are not Patton. I would have pointed that out to you rather quickly.

-SF and proud

8/27/2010 02:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Sooooo if you know all these facts can you please tell me why his once Sgt and good family friend is only a sgt.(J.F)and Kevin who is no one to him a Lt at the park dist. your an asshat! don't hate, study next time buddy!

8/27/2010 01:28:00 AM

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Response from original poster:

First, Jimmy F. was more surprised than anyone when he didn't make lieutenant. He once started a conversation with a fellow officer with, "When I'm a lieutenant, and I WILL BE A LIEUTENANT..." so I admit that one is a mystery. Maybe all of the attention due to Maurer's staff members consistently scoring number one on exams resulted in "Fedoosh" not being given the secret handshake or something.

Second, Lt. Kevin H. worked for Maurer in Area 3 and Bureau of Patrol, and he's a very close friend of another "number one" scorer, Commander Christopher K.

Ask yourself, what are tho odds of three people from the staff of a Senior Subject Matter Expert all scoring NUMBER ONE RANK BY A WIDE MARGIN on a promotional exam? One is his administrative sergeant, the second is the administrative sergeant's one-time girlfriend, and one is the administrative sergeant's best friend. As I said the first time, this is statistically impossible without outside (or inside)help. The FEDS could have a field day with this one.

And last, I have no further need to study for promotional exams. That happens when you are an exempt.

8/27/2010 06:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

The Old Lieutenant said...
That's who and what Jimmy Maurer is!! A cops cop through and through..... he is always the police and was always looking out for the police....This letter comes as no surprise to me. After retirement he still bleeds BLUE and is still standing and fighting for our troops.

A warrior, a fighter, a troop leader and one of us no matter how many stars he wore.

***************


Bullshit. Maurer wasn't to be trusted and was known to use well placed rats who reported back to him what was said about him. That includes his sister.

He was part of the problem but now that he has fallen from grace he is born again and is "one of us" again. Bullshit.

I didn't trust Maurer 10, 15, 20 years ago and I don't trust him now.

His tune would change in a hurry if daley gave him another well paid spot in the city.

Now if Maurer had once, just once, told daley to shove a promotion or job appointment, refusing on moral grounds, then I might have some grudging respect for the man. But he sought after and took every promotion and the DoA job.

If Maurer had Cline's job and Cline had recently been dumped people would be waxing nostalgically about what a cop's cop Cline was.

Never once did you ever see or hear of Maurer doing what Lt. Andrews has done, put his own neck on the chopping block so publicly for what he sees as wrong with this department.

Why doesn't someone ask Maurer how much liquor was consumed in the authoring of his manifesto. Read the original, no way was that written sober and by the light of day.

8/27/2010 08:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why all the rah rah for Maurer? So he writes a letter and then signs his name to it......big deal. Where was this letter when he was employed with the CPD? True, he was retired when J-Fled to office, but even when Maurer was here, the rank and file were not exactly standing side by side singing kumbaya.

Where was all this concern when he he truly had something to risk, such as his position in the department or his very job?

I knew him when he was still around and I can say that if it suited his plans, he was your best friend. If not he could be your worst nightmare. In short, it was all about Jimmy.

I read his letter and I appreciate all he put into it, but a letter like that would have had more of an impact if he were still on the job.

A boss posting a letter decrying the terrible state of the department and it's self serving leaders has more of an impact when that boss is still here and puts his job on the line. Lt. Andrews did just that and for that we all should give him our unending support.

As for Maurer.....please, just go away and enjoy your retirement. You had your chance and you blew it.

8/28/2010 06:13:00 AM  

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