Wednesday, September 06, 2006

We've Looked And We've Looked...

...but there's just not enough money in the city budget to put more cops on the street.

At least, not at the rate we're going at now.

From the Boston Herald:

A Boston cop was able to collect a full-time salary for months after she moved to Atlanta, infuriating Mayor Thomas M. Menino and prompting the Boston police to launch an exhaustive audit into the officer'’s hours.

Christine Meegan, 34, who worked as a clerk for Area E-5 Captain Jack Kervin during the last few years of her nine-year BPD career, was able to "“manipulate the system,"” to collect a full-time paycheck while living out of state, acting Police Commissioner Al Goslin told the Herald.

She retired on March 24 after nine years on the job but was able to work one-day work weeks since last July, BPD officials said.

Not a bad gig if you can get it, I guess. Sure, the taxpayers who pay your salary will end up taking it in the shorts, as usual, but who cares? It's not "your" money. You're a city employee.

And, from the Boston Globe:

A Boston police officer took more than 100 work days off between July 2005 and March 2006, taking advantage of the department's generous sick and vacation time policies and apparently setting her own schedule, a police official with knowledge of the situation said yesterday.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino has ordered an investigation into the voluminous absences of Officer Christine Meegan, who was assigned to the position of captain's clerk at the West Roxbury district station until she retired in March.

So, let's recap.

Menino was "outraged" and "infuriated" to hear of this incident, of which he swears he had no prior knowledge, and has promised the people of Boston that there will be a thorough investigation into this matter.

Nice to see they haven't altered the template for the Mayor Menino Press Release Generator in any way, since Seth left.

Also from the Globe article:

[Boston police Superintendent Robert] Dunford said while her acts were permitted under the union contract, they were improper.