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Buried in this morning's Sunday paper, the story is overly long and reads like a high school history book. It lacks depth, offers nothing of fact and will leave most Cedar Posts readers flat.
However, it does acknowledge that Chief Monroe has his critics, "the blogs":
Anonymous bloggers regularly spew vitriol, accusing the chief of fudging data to make it look as though crime is going down, questioning his ethics, even suggesting he’s pretentious for wearing the customary five gold bands on the sleeves of his dress uniform that signify he’s the chief.
“Chief Monroe has run the city’s police department like his own fiefdom,” one blogger wrote in November. And then in March: “Rodney Monroe is a man of poor judgment and questionable moral character.”
It’s difficult to say whether a few disgruntled officers are feeding the blogs or whether dissatisfaction within the department is widespread. Monroe’s critics, including current and former officers, declined to talk on the record.
The report saves the only shocker till the very end; that Chief Monroe now claims to have another apparently real degree. "In February, he earned a B.S. in criminal justice from the University of Phoenix. Asked why he never announced it publicly or mentioned it during several interviews over four months, Monroe said: “It’s personal to me. I did it for my own personal reason.” "
CMPD's bio of Chief Monroe has recently been updated:
Chief Monroe holds a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from University of Phoenix.
The entire article by the Charlotte Observer staff is here.