Yet another city worker suspended, with pay. City manager Jeff Fielding has hired an outside law firm to investigate a public inspector "accused of placing public safety at risk".
A probe by the fire department and city hall led London chief administrator Jeff Fielding to hire the London law firm Hicks Morley to investigate the allegations.The details are scant, but the information contained in this article suggests either a) the accused is under investigation for ordering changes unnecessary under current requirements so he could make some extra cash on the side; or b) he offered to do the work which he was professionally required to order anyway, perhaps saving the owner some cash by undercutting the price of other contractors. However, the central theme of the Free Press article and Jeff Fielding's comments is public safety suggesting a third alternative: c) did the inspector thus fail to impose regulations in exchange for a bribe from the property owner?
As Jay Jardine so eloquently said in a comment here regarding mixed economies and the problem of sorting out right from wrong:
"It really is like trying to unscramble an egg."
Drizzten's comments on 'good cops' versus 'bad cops' are of interest in this context:
What is the difference between a good cop and a bad cop? I'd bet that most people would say the former doesn't use the position for personal gain, doesn't abuse or torment citizens for fun, doesn't take bribes, and applies the law objectively and fairly.
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Posted by Lisa Turner on Wednesday, March 29, 2006