Reinstated Park Police chief to be sworn in
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.
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