It had to happen sooner or later, Charlotte's two biggest egos going head to head over the Charlotte Douglas International Airport Police. Now word comes that Rodney Monroe is apparently ready to start a turf war with Charlotte Douglas Airport Director Jerry Orr unless his demands are met.
Word from inside CMPD is that Monroe has had his eye on the Airport Police for quite a while.
But for as long as anyone can remember the Airport Police have been a small somewhat unknown group operating under the direction of the Airport Manager Jerry Orr. Technically they are not part of CMPD, and have operated autonomously for years.
Now with DNC 2012 on the horizon Chief Monroe apparently wants more control.
One concern expressed to Cedar Posts is that if Monroe has his way the CDIA Police will become a part of Monroe's fiefdom and gone will be the Airport Identity and Image, replaced with that of the CMPD.
Orr has said he won't allow that to happen and would "take the airport away from Charlotte's City Council if they approved such a move". No idea how that would be done short of selling the airport to US Airways. (Oh wait maybe he's already done that?)
Monroe's immediate vison is reported to be a "shared responsibility" with CDIA Police inside the airport and CMPD outside the TSA area and fences but that all CDIA Police Officers would report to a CMPD Captain.
But this is more than just a power grab, since there may also be a lot of money on the table. Since CDIA is on the hook for Airport Security and with the DNC coming to town big dollars might end up in the airport's coffers vs that of Chief Monroe's CMPD.
Chief Monroe has already started the finger pointing with regard to the Tisdale incident. Even going on record promising security improvements that where far outside of his scope of operations.
Of course there is also the prestige factor. Monroe seems to want total control of Law Enforcement in Charlotte and doesn't want CMPD to be upstaged by Airport Police.