Fired Park Police Chief Reinstated

Chambers fired in 2004 after talking to media about staffing

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2011  |  Updated 8:12 PM EDT
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A former U.S. Park Police chief is anxious to get back to work.  Yesterday, A federal personnel appeals board ruled <a title=Teresa Chambers was improperly fired in 2004 and now must be reinstated and given $1 million in back pay." />

A former U.S. Park Police chief is anxious to get back to work. Yesterday, A federal personnel appeals board ruled Teresa Chambers was improperly fired in 2004 and now must be reinstated and given $1 million in back pay.

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Former U.S. Park Police Chief Teresa Chambers has been reinstated and will earn back pay, WTOP reported Tuesday evening.

Chambers was fired in 2004 following comments she made to the media about budget shortfalls and the department being understaffed.

In 2004, the National Park Service's deputy director, Don Murphy, said Chambers' comments broke two federal rules, one against public comment about ongoing budget discussions, the other prohibiting lobbying by someone in Chambers' position.

The Merit Systems Protections Board has concluded that evidence against Chambers was weak and that the Interior Department fired her as retaliation, WTOP reported.

The Interior Department can appeal to federal court.

Chambers, who has been chief of police in Riverdale, Md., said she wants the job. She's owed up to $1 million in back pay and interest.


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