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Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 01/31/2011

Reinstated Park Police chief to be sworn in

By Ed O'Keefe

Chief Teresa C. Chambers, who was recently reinstated by a federal board as U.S. Park Police chief, will officially resume her duties Monday after being sworn in by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

Chambers, 53, is returning almost seven years after the Bush administration fired her for warning that staff shortages could lead to safety hazards at Washington area national parks and monuments. The federal Merit Systems Protection Board last month ordered her rehired.

In a 2003 interview with The Washington Post, Chambers warned that her police force was underfunded and overstretched. National Park Service officials charged that she provided an "open invitation to lawbreakers" by discussing the agency's potential vulnerabilities, and the Interior Department subsequently fired her in July 2004.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 31, 2011; 10:32 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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Comments

Oh so they waited for President Obama to get into office so she could slide on back in huh?

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | January 31, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Oh the wonders, benefits, protections and privilege of federal employment (on any level).

Posted by: PracticalIndependent | January 31, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

the govt. will probally give this bim all her back pay.

women in law enforcement. what a waste

Posted by: deputystoneman | February 1, 2011 6:38 AM | Report abuse

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