Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Speaking of going away parties

It occurs to me that when major corruption and incompetence in the leadership of the APS was reported in the Journal, link, the next two steps up the chain of command, Asst Supt Tom Savage and Supt Beth Everitt, also had elaborate going away parties; never mind the fact that they fiddled while the APS Police Department burned.

There will be a going away party for APS Chief of Police Bill Reed as well. As well there should be; by all accounts he has done a good job for stakeholders, during his tenure.

Except for one annoying fact; for the entirety of his tenure, the APS Police Department has been "investigating" the corruption of one of their own. As far as that goes; corruption involving a number of their own; senior APS administrators.

The "one of their own", Gil Lovato, once said that if he ever got into court and told the whole truth about the leadership of the APS;

"there would not be one of them left standing".

The "investigation" is not yet complete.

  • The District Attorney has not yet been given evidence of felony criminal misconduct involving senior APS administrators. This despite the fact that statutes of limitation have expired on some of the misconduct.
  • Rigo Chavez, APS Custodian of Public Records, has not yet surrendered public records outlining the complicity of APS senior administrators in criminal misconduct.
  • The APS Audit Committee is still denying due process to whistleblower complaints.
  • The senior most role models of the student standards of conduct, refuse to be held honestly accountable as role models of the same standards of conduct they establish and enforce upon students.

  • APS Supt Winston Brooks and School Board President Marty Esquive steadfastly refuse to restore the role modeling clause they removed from their own standards of conduct; the one that read;
    in no case shall the standards of conduct for an adult be lower than the standards of conduct for students.
  • They steadfastly refuse to put executive and administrative standards of conduct and competency on the table for an open and honest public discussion/ And, most importantly of all, the Journal continues to refuse to follow up on its own story, by investigating and reporting upon the ethics and accountability scandal in the leadership of the APS.

So yeah, by all means, let's have a big party.

photos Mark Bralley

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