Park Police Chief Fired for Talking to Press Is Reinstated

"A federal appeals board yesterday ordered that Teresa Chambers be reinstated as chief of the U.S. Park Police, seven years after she was fired for telling reporters that her department was understaffed and in need of more funding.

The decision by the Merit Systems Protection Board, which also awarded Chambers back pay with interest, was celebrated as a major victory in the whistle-blower community.

In a testament to the fact that such reinstatements are rare, Chambers said she was stunned by yesterday's decision. She added that she's looking forward to returning to the U.S. Park Police 'and picking up the pieces and continuing to serve my country.'"

John McArdle reports for Greenwire January 13, 2011.

Thursday, January 13, 2011