WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

Nice featherbedded recovery for Wilmington's ex-Police Chief

For all of those who felt former Wilmington Police Chief Christine Dunning was dealt a raw deal (first promoted to police chief when the city's drug wars showed ever sign of escalating, and against a campaign promise from new Mayor Dennis Williams to bring in an outsider; then summarily fired when the shootings continued, and only after the mayor professed on repeated occasions to have confidence in his chief of police), no worries!

Dunning has made a soft landing, and then some!

Dunning not only landed a job as an executive assistant in the Gordon Administration, with a salary of $62,000 added to her $70,000 pension for her 27 years in the Wilmington Police Department, New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon has now elevated her to Acting Chief of Human Resources for New Castle County -- with a six-figure salary of $107,000.

Looks like Dunning, a native of the city, graduate of Padua Academy and the University of Delaware -- and with a Master's Degree in Human Resources Management from Wilmington University while working as a police officer -- is set for life.

No aspersions directed at Dunning, but this is the classic Delaware Way!

Posted at 7:13am on February 10, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Mon, Feb 10, 2014 8:23am
She has a Masters degree in HR. She has first hand knowledge of NCCo government. The salary is not at all out-of-line with what is paid for that position. So what is the problem? Unless she is dating Mr. Gordon, I do not see an issue.

Mon, Feb 10, 2014 9:19am
You might be the only one who doesn't see a problem. Dunning's qualifications notwithstanding, this whole situation stinks. The mayor was looking for a way to push her out without making it look like he was blaming her for the problems, and Tom Gordon provided the parachute. And now, 2 weeks later, she is now an executive who nearly doubled her salary. And what first-hand knowledge of NCCo government would she have? She worked for the city her entire professional life.

Mon, Feb 10, 2014 9:42am
It's deja vu all over again.

Mon, Feb 10, 2014 12:42pm
Once again, people complain about how poorly government works - and how much better they do things in the private sector - but they don't want to pay comparable salaries to get good people. You get what you pay for.
One thing business does do is lateral promotion. If somebody doesn't perform in one slot, you don't throw them under the bus. You see if you can find a slot for which they are more suited.
If government doesn't work well, it's because of the attitudes being expressed here.
Maybe part of Mr. Loudell's problem is people who used to work for him are now in government making several times what he is.

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