Here are two key selections from the unedited Q & A session with Mayor Ravenstahl and Cynthia McCormick (WTAE, h/t Burgher).
Q — Why do you think these promotions should be rescinded?
CM — I think it’s the feeling of the group that the process was not vetted in a way that — (loooong pause) — it wasn’t vetted in a way that made this, these problems apparent to the mayor. Or to Chief Harper.
In other words, no one in the room was female, or particularly sensitive to women’s issues. Any discussion of the abuse allegations — which probably did reach Luke in a technical sense — only occurred in an offhand and understated fashion.
Q — Do you have second thoughts about your Trosky decision now, which you had defended the day of the swearing in?
LR — Our goal is to focus specifically on the policy from here. I believe that Mr. Trosky has shown — although he has had cases in his past — that over the course of his 30 years, and more specifically over the last 8 1/2 to ten years, has had no history, and proven himself once again to be capable to do the job.
That’s why I made that decision before he was promoted. I had input into that decision and I stand by that decision, but I think myself, Cynthia, the chief included, recognize that there was a disconnect in sharing of information regarding the other two, and that’s unfortunate, and it won’t happen again.
Ravenstahl looked and sounded genuinely contrite about the other two promotions, more so than the text suggests. We feel he “gets it,” and really will institute procedures to help prevent such oversights in the future.
Our guess is that the Mayor, in the manner of King Solomon, will try to split the baby — standing by Trosky, while bouncing Hlavac and Rodriguez. The calculation is that although this will please nobody, at least nobody will remain furious with him.
Final Note: Transcribing our mayor is exhausting work.