When I was in law school I hung around with a really good group of guys from Charlotte. One of the guys was always the life of the party.
His father was a prominent Charlotte lawyer and at the time he was also a member of the city council. Which meant we managed to get invited to Myers Park, Carmel and even Quail Hollow to play golf free of charge on a regular basis.
Golf was a great perk knowing my friend.
The trouble was anytime we went somewhere other than a place where his father was known, the rest of us would get stuck picking up the bill. Bar tab, hotel bill, pizza delivery, picking up a couple of 12 packs for the boat's cooler, even on a double date he would some how manage to be away from the table when the bill came.
I swear in ten years he never paid a dime. Truth was, he was always broke.
Years later he took over his father's practice, but soon it collapsed under the weight of debt and his spending habits. He tried his hand at investment sales and even worked for Rick Hendrick. But he was so bad at managing money that he bankrupted nearly everything he came in contact with.
It really shouldn't take a Harvard Business Degree or even a four year degree from Virginia Commonwealth to run a Police Department. After all it is a NOT for profit business.
All you have to do is keep the troops in line and make sure they stay happy and motivated. Keep to your budget, keep the crooks of the streets, avoid needless killing of civilians and do some basic crime scene investigation, which you can even farm out at no charge to the SBI or FBI if you need to.
The trouble with Rodney Monroe like my friend from years ago, is that he has not a clue on how to budget or control his spending because he's always had someone else to pay the bill.
In my friend's case it was always us. In Rodney's case, guess what?
You Betcha its us again.