Yesterday Seattle Weekly's Nina Shapiro delved into the U.S. Department of Justice's proposed consent decree with the City of Seattle over police reforms, and specifically the idea of a "shadow mayor," something Mayor Mike McGinn has questioned the wisdom of.
Shapiro reached out to the city of Cincinnati - a place that knows a little something on the subject, as it hosted a DOJ-sanctioned monitor for six years after the feds investigated his city's police force and worked out a consent decree
As Shapiro's post notes:
There's been a lot of fear-mongering over the U.S. Department of Justice's proposed consent decree with the city over police reforms. The feds reportedly want an outside monitor--a role Mayor Mike McGinn has likened to a "shadow mayor," interfering with the city's ability to respond rapidly to crisis situations. Similarly, a Seattle Times source referred to the proposed monitor as a "shadow chief."
"It's not true at all," says Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory (pictured above). "The mayor is still the mayor. The chief is still the chief."
The post inspired commenter "Hang my head in shame" to chime in:
What that tells you is that Mike McGinn is a reactive idiot, and an extremely poor strategist and negotiator. Hard to believe this was ever his job. You're doing a heckofa job, Mikey!