Since his arrival in Charlotte nine months ago, Police Chief Rodney Monroe has relied heavily of Charlotte Police Major Veronica "Vicki" D. Foster.
Recently Foster served as spokesperson for the chief and defended the Chief's efforts to disband the Charlotte Police Reserves stating changes were necessary to provide a more cohesive police department.
"We're putting the focus back on where the reserves (are) working, which is at the neighborhood level," said Maj. Vicki Foster, during a live interview with Charlotte's WSOC Eyewitness News.
Foster went on to say "the department expects to lose a few officers because of the change", but she doubted it will be a large number.
But Cedar Posts has discovered that, Major Foster who was asked by Chief Monroe conduct a lenghty review of the reserves, may have an axe to grind regarding the Reserve's lucrative "Secondary Employment" Opportunities.
It is well known to members of the CMPD that Major Foster is running a side business called MVP Protective Services, LLC based out of her University area home.
MVP web site states: "We have uniformed and non-uniform police officers on staff for any need that you may have. We provide marked (police) and unmarked vehicle escort and transportation" services at our client’s request.
The web site also provides a "North Carolina (License #1400 GP)" however a check of several State of North Carolina licensing agencies show none that use a six digit code such as 1400 GP.
It doesn't take a lot of creative detective work to come up with a pattern of shadyness.
The odd facts that seem to make big loopy circles all led back to Rodney Monroe and the Washington DC Metro Police Department where partner MVP partner Melvin Key once served as Captain.
In 2006 Foster and the Key formed MVP Protection Services, LLC. Foster has recently claimed she only processed the paperwork for MVP, but the Secretary of State documents show she is a partner/member in the corporation with Melvin E. Key.
As recently as October the MVP site featured a photo of Foster and Key, photos that have since been removed.
It appears that Ms. Foster's involvement with MVP Protective Services, LLC is contrary to CMPD directives covering secondary employment, 300-007 and particularly interesting is VI. G. "Command personnel may not engage in law enforcement secondary employment without the prior approval of the Chief of Police".
Major Foster's partner Melvin Key, a police officer also lists himself as a real estate agent with a firm named Long and Foster.
Foster lists herself as the President and CEO of Gold Star Realty, Inc. Gold Star has an active brokers license with the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.
It is no surprise that Foster owns at least 4 condominiums in the Charlotte area. Cedar Posts has not looked beyond Mecklenburg county.
One located at 6834 Vernon Wood Lane, Charlotte and those in the photos below.
2954 IRON GATE LN CHARLOTTE
7228 WINERY LN CHARLOTTE
6305 WINDSOR GATE LN CHARLOTTE
But what is surprising is that Foster has failed to pay the Mecklenburg County property tax bill on her exclusive Charlotte home at 2313 Arden Gate Lane which serves as the legal address for both MVP and Gold Star. You can click on the above tax bill to see if Ms. Foster has paid her property tax yet.
UPDATE: Major Foster paid her Mecklenburg County Tax Bill on March 5, 2009, a little more than a week after we posted this story.
You would think that City and County employees in senior management positions earning more than 3 times what a patrolman earns each year could pay their property taxes.
Regardless of the tax issue, MVP Protection Services, LLC is a curious development, in the never ending CMPD saga.
In defense of Foster, she has an impressive resume' with a real degree and has even established a non-profit organization CMPD Hope, Inc. which is reported to assist CMPD Officers who are in financial crisis.