- Lendacky has created a “toxic” work climate at police headquarters to the point rank-and-file officers lost faith in her and dread coming to work.
Come on union people, just because she leaked all your business to Wake Up Wilkes Barre over the past several years does NOT make her "toxic", or does it?
- A majority of us have given her a chance throughout her career. We know who she truly is. We know her lack of ability and we know the internal and external destruction that our department will face.
- Since Lendacky became chief, community policing efforts have been eliminated, preventing officers from consistently working the same beat and getting to know the people in the neighborhood, the letter said. Another change, the letter claims, is that two members of the Neighborhood Strike Team — previously assigned to high-crime areas — now follow the city street sweeper to alert illegally parked cars to move.
- Lendacky has even told officers to “stay out of” the troubled Sherman Hills Apartments complex “because they don’t pay taxes.
- The letter notes at least six grievances have been filed against Lendacky and that she was subject to several formal complaints, including one by an officer who is a minority who accused her of “inappropriate, offensive comments.
- The union’s letter made it a point to note that their complaints have nothing to do with Lendacky being the first woman police chief in the city’s history. Lendacky is one of only three women in the department.
- “We take offense to this,” the letter says, noting many officers served under female supervisors without a problem in other departments and in the military. “Having a female in charge of the police department is not offensive or even novel to many of us.”
- The letter ends with a request for George to appoint a “true leader” instead of Lendacky.
- “They are going to have to get used to her being chief. I’m not changing my mind,” George said....