FOP: Police appointees violate residency rules

Threatens suit if law not enforced in 10 days

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“We will cooperate with any investigation of these practices,” he said.

Charles T. Tucker, DCHR general counsel, said, “We look into every allegation seriously,” but cautioned, “this will take time to determine which individuals are subject to these requirements and which are not.”

In addition to the residency flap, the FOP alleges that Assistant Chief Alfred Durham and Cmdr. Daniel P. Hickson were appointed as excepted service employees in violation of the law because they were not captains when they were appointed. Mr. Baumann said neither appointment was permitted by D.C. law.

Noting that Cmdr. Hickson and excepted service employee Thomas Wilkins are brothers-in-law, the FOP requested an investigation to determine if any of the District’s nepotism laws were violated.

“Given the current budget, morale and structural problems in the MPD, the FOP believes it is important that an independent agency, with expert knowledge of personnel matters, review and investigate these problems,” Mr. Baumann wrote.

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