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.)