Robey plans apology to Schrader for police union officials' stunt Executive-elect suggests police look into incident

November 11, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Howard County Executive-elect James N. Robey said yesterday he will apologize to Republican Councilman Dennis R. Schrader for police union officials' treatment of Schrader after the candidate's defeat in the executive's race last week.

Robey, speaking publicly about the incident for the first time, said he was "disappointed and shocked" that four off-duty officers left packing materials and an angry send-off letter for Schrader at County Council offices the morning after the Nov. 3 election. The letter, signed by union President John D. Paparazzo, began, "Please accept this box and packing tape as a small token of the contempt I have for you."

Robey, who is a former Howard County police chief, said he didn't know the officers were going to pull the post-election stunt. But he said he will apologize "on behalf of the Police Department and the county employees." He said he left telephone messages for Schrader yesterday afternoon.

"It was absolutely inappropriate and unnecessary," Robey said. "I wish they hadn't done it. No need. It's sort of like the man was down. Why kick him?"

Robey said he suggested to Police Chief Wayne Livesay that the incident be investigated. Livesay, who apologized to Schrader on Friday for the incident, said last week the Police Department will look into the matter and decide whether to discipline the officers.

Pub Date: 11/11/98

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