Coping With Good News
It's OK when we receive good news sometimes. Really, it is!
Much has been said about the forthcoming reinstatement of Lieutenant Donald Bliss to the Wareham Police Department.
I thought about making a post under the article entitled, "Fired police lieutenant to get job back, town owes roughly $200,000". Unfortunately, that discussion has deteriorated to the point where I just had to tune out the noise.
I have read most of the decision from the Civil Service Commission and I have to say that I fail to understand why anyone would try to spin this decision in the most negative light possible. But that is what is being done.
What's up with that? Why do people look so hard for the bad in things, when so much good is staring them in the face?
I have never met Lt. Bliss and I wouldn't know him if he pulled me over. But when it comes to this issue, there is one excerpt that literally speaks for the entire 40+ pages.
Quoting directly from the Decision of the Civil Service Commission
Summary of Conclusion
Applying these principles to the facts of this appeal, Wareham falls short of
establishing just cause for discharging or further disciplining Lt. Bliss, as there is insufficient evidence of substantial misconduct on his part contained in the record. The draconian sanction imposed here upon a career 24-year veteran WPD police officer with an otherwise unblemished and, indeed, markedly distinguished career of service to Wareham, who has acknowledge his one poor lapse of judgment and fully remediated his
behavior, is an unmistakable example of the effect of improper personal motives and undue political influence which have no place in a merit-based civil service system.
That's it. That's all anyone needs to know about this case.
An impartial panel of five Commisioners unanimously found that Lt Bliss was already held accountable for certain past actions and that punishing him twice would essentially amount to double-jeopardy.
Case closed. But not before it was also noted that Lt. Bliss was a 24 year veteran of the WPD with an otherwise UNBLEMISHED and MARKEDLY DISTINGUISHED career. I never heard or read that before about him, and I was happy to learn it.
Facts are facts, and no amount of hand-wringing from Halifax or anywhere else will ever change that.
So unless I am missing something, Lt. Bliss seems to be exactly the sort of officer that any police department would be proud to have on their force. That's a good thing for Wareham and I, for one, look forward to his return.