Although the D.C. Council revamped laws protecting government whistleblowers in 2010, Mr. Baumann is still critical of the difficult path those within the police department — including himself — have had to trod.
“To litigate under whistleblower laws will take well over five years and cost well over $500,000,” he said, arguing that the process needs to be streamlined further.
Relations between agency heads and labor unions representing the District’s largest public-safety agencies — the police and fire departments — have been contentious in recent years.
“And I find that tension troubling,” Mr. Mendelson said, adding that he routinely brings together parties representing labor and management for discussions.
“In the end, I can’t make parties behave better,” he said.
“He’s the coach, and the penalty has been called,” Mr. Lynch said. “He’s got to do something.”
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Andrea Noble is a crime and public safety reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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