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Saturday, February 08, 2003
12:25 PM

I'm so special.... Montgomery County police chief Charles Moose update: Moose's Ventures Raise Questions For Ethics Panel by Matthew Mosk:
Six weeks after he announced the arrest of the Washington area sniper suspects, Montgomery County Police Chief Charles A. Moose established a for-profit consulting firm to deliver motivational talks, organize team-building exercises and offer pointers on crisis management and conflict resolution.

The venture is one of several off-duty opportunities that could place Moose at odds with the Montgomery County Ethics Commission, which forbids "using the prestige of office for personal gain."

Moreover, records show that Moose has failed to seek waivers from the commission, as required by county law, to pursue his post-sniper ventures, which also include an agreement with a New York publisher for a book about the case and a possible television movie. (Reporters for the Washington Post also have a contract to publish a sniper book.) Nor has Moose obtained clearance from the commission for the teaching position he has held since 2000, or for his paid service in the D.C. Air National Guard.

The only part of this litany that's over the top is Moose's service in the Air National Guard, extra work protecting the community that we should be thankful for. Much of the rest of this is extremely disappointing, all the more because obviously Moose sees nothing wrong with it.
When asked yesterday why he had not submitted to an ethics review, Moose said the questions were unwarranted and motivated by the media's desire to damage his reputation.

That's Mooses' default response when asked questions he doesn't like.
Later in the day, though, Moose phoned to say he had a change of heart. "The rules are the rules," he said. "I enforce the rules, and I will fall on that sword.

Following the rules everyone else must follow = falling on sword.


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