Presumed incoming Charlottesville Police Chief, Dr. RaShall Brackney, has had a rough ride.
Dr. Brackney arrives with career baggage that has raised questions about her qualifications for helming the Charlottesville Police Department.
And finally, just weeks after her announced hire, RaShall Brackney’s employer, biggest booster, and political protector, City Manager Jones, recently was “non-renewed” by his own City Council.
So, where does that leave Dr. Brackney, who is scheduled to assume the position on June 18?
A May 22 Schilling Show open records request of City Government for “a copy of the new Police Chief’s contract” was met with stonewalling, silence, and finally a denial—received on May 29—from Galloway Beck, Charlottesville’s Director of Human Resources.
While the denial letter incorrectly identified the requested document, Mr. Beck did imply that there was no signed contract with Ms. Brackney and also that “contract negotiations are still on-going.”
It remains to be seen if Dr. RaShall Brackney will indeed make history as Charlottesville’s first black female police chief. Given the circumstances surrounding her arrival, she may well say “no deal” leaving the “dotted line” blank and Charlottesville’s longsuffering Police Department again without leadership.