A new rug-wearing Annoying Burgher!

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In a weird and unusual move, the commanders of the Pittsburgh Police have filed paperwork to become full-fledged union members, apparently due to the management style of Dom Costa.

Interesting tidbits of info:

Chief Costa has rankled members of his command staff in numerous ways, leading some to say they feel as if they are being treated like children.

Chief Costa has been known to bypass his commanders and assign tasks to officers at the zones, some supervisors have complained. And some say meetings of the command staff — biweekly roundtables of the commanders and chiefs — have become stifling, with a one-way flow of information from the top down instead of a sharing of ideas.

But the most interesting tidbit by far is this:

Chief Costa declined to take questions about his commanders’ decisions and complaints.

The chief is not going to discuss internal/operational issues,” police spokeswoman Tammy Ewin said yesterday.

Mr. O’Connor’s spokesman Dick Skrinjar said yesterday that Chief Costa views the petition and complaints among his command staff as personnel issues that are not appropriate for public discussion.

Wait, Dom? You caught one of your officers sleeping on the job and his name, rank, and the fact that you took a photo of him with your very own camera phone were all completely appropriate for public discussion, but now that your commanders are in a manner of speaking, joining forces against you, suddenly “personnel issues” are not fit for public discussion?

Which is it? You can’t have it both ways buddy, because that makes you the next Annoying Burgher (I guess I should stop adding “Of the Week” because I rarely name them weekly.)


  1. Matt
    June 23, 2006 12:18 pm

    Believe it or not he doesn’t wear a rug…

    This whole Costa vs. the police thing is troubling because a TON of the current force were in favor of Dom Costa getting the job because he is a “Cops’s Cop” and they figured he would keep it that way at the top. There has to be more to all this than what we are hearing in the media.

    I don’t think we need the moral of the police force to be the way it was under iron jaw McNeilly and company.

  2. Awesome Comet
    June 23, 2006 5:20 pm

    Something I’ve always been curious about … is Dom Costa related to the Costa who’s the director of public works? And are either of these Costas in turn related to the Costa construction company I’ve seen about? (Woke up this morning, got myself a gun…)

  3. pittgirl
    June 23, 2006 6:03 pm

    Dom is related to Guy the public works guy and to Jay, the State Rep. As for Costa Construction … no idea. Hmmm.

  4. Lino Gunn
    June 23, 2006 10:04 pm

    Rug alert,Rug alert…is there one for uniform wear, one for suit & tie wear another for union negotiations……. ? Dude, leave the wig at home, ya look like a dork, your the Chief of Police !

  5. Awesome Comet
    June 26, 2006 5:41 pm

    I remember having seeing trucks and construction equipment on occasion that says “Costa Construction.” I think I saw some when they were working on the 16th street bridge. I definately noticed a big Greek (I believe) flag atop the bridge at the time.

    A web search reveals a Costa Construction in the area that seems to do a lot of large scale planned residential areas.

    I’m just sayin’.

  6. Joe Hardy
    May 18, 2007 10:01 am

    Awesome Comet,

    Do some research before you go making comments like that. Costa Construction is owned by some dago in wash county.