Ethics, Conflict and Sex
Fairfax Fire Chief Richie Bowers is dancing on the head of a pin but the leadership of Local 2068 is there to catch him if (when) he falls.
Bowers needs to keep the focus on Fairfax Underground and the individuals who made the malicious posts.
If he can do that he avoids a spotlight being shown on his own conduct and failures to prevent predatory sexual behavior under his watch.
Yammering on about “cyber” this and “cyber” that is nothing more than Damage Control 101.
So far, the press has fallen for the Bowers’ cover-up though Dave Statter at least obliquely referred to the obvious oversight when he wrote:
“Separate from the awful rumors and harassment on Fairfax Underground are some pretty serious and specific allegations about the department. The chief didnâ€™t say, and I didnâ€™t hear a reporter ask, if those claims are being investigated. If there is validity to any of those allegations, it would be a startingÂ point for investigators to get information to eventually expose much that has been going on.”
Of course, Bowers didn’t say and no they aren’t being investigated.
Why on earth would Bowers investigate himself?
Bowers, like a crafty magician, needs some sleight-of-hand to divert our eye sight as he whisks the subject of chief officers having sex on duty with subordinates off the table.
Bowers’ abject failure to see and deal with the predatory sex issue is an example of moral and ethical failure and it is of epic proportions.
He failed Nicole Mittendorff and all members of the department.
Is Bowers just another horny guy in a firefighter’s uniform inclined to give a bro a pass?
Has he ever engaged in a relationship which overlapped with his official fire department duties and which constituted a serious ethical breach and conflict of interest?
If he did it could make him predisposed to fail this leadership test, and fail he has.
Don’t let Bowers play the magician.
Make sure the tough questions get asked, and answered.
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