Examiner says police rotation is not unfair

September 25, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Baltimore Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier's decision to choose the officers he wants to rotate through various jobs is not unfair to labor, a hearing commissioner has ruled.

A federal hearing examiner, Jerome H. Ross, decided in a 10-page ruling that an agreement signed by department and union officials clearly gives Frazier the "authority to specify assignments."

The union was upset that Frazier made exceptions to his policy of rotating every officer to a new assignment every four years. The exceptions were made in certain specialized units, such as homicide.

Officer Gary McLhinney, the president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, who has been against the rotation policy since Frazier proposed it four years ago, said the ruling has left officers confused.

"What we don't know is where rotation stands at this point," he said. "I guess it's whatever [Frazier] wants it to be on any given day. As of now, we have no rotation policy, either in our contract or in written directives."

But Gary May, the department's chief legal counsel, called the FOP complaint "frivolous."

Pub Date: 9/25/97

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