Whoa - This Sounds Familiar
- Cincinnati's city manager fired Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell on Wednesday, accusing him of crushing officers' morale and failing to communicate effectively with his staff.
"Mr. Blackwell has not provided the necessary leadership to ensure a cohesive operating environment within the department," City Manager Harry Black wrote. "As such, morale is at an unprecedented low level, and the general sentiment throughout the department is that Mr. Blackwell's leadership style has created a work environment of hostility and retaliation."
- Black said he conducted an investigation that revealed serious management issues, some of which were revealed through conversations with the department's brass
The police chief allegedly threatened and berated individuals in front of their subordinates, superior officers and members of the public, the city manager wrote. Some employees of the police department sought treatment for anxiety and stress as a result of these interactions, he said.