A copy of the Charlotte Civil Service Board's agenda spells it out in stark terms:
Civil Service Board Agenda
January 24, 2012
CMGC, Room 701
1. Call Meeting to Order
2. Approve Agenda
3. Approve Police Promotions
Closed session is permitted to consider the qualifications, competence, performance and so forth of officers. What is troubling is the meeting wrapped in less than fifteen minutes. In short nothing more than a rubber stamp.
Foster's promotion is effectively a "non-event" as Foster's pay level is less than 2% of what current Deputy Chiefs are paid, and she operates with impunity.
Cedar's Take: What is most troubling is the surreptitious and clandestine manner in which Chief Monroe attempts to conduct the process of promotion.
Never in the history of CMPD nor the Charlotte Police Department before it, has a Chief so perennially befuddled the promotion process.
Those who know Chief Monroe report that while Foster's promotion to DC had been promised long ago that Chief had repeatedly looked for a solid reason to promote her. As months passed he became more frustrated finally just opting to press the issue.
Clearly there are many in the executive ranks of CMPD more qualified to lead the department than Vicki Foster.