Charlie LeDuff of Fox 2 News broke a story late Wednesday night that Ralph L. Godbee, Jr., former Detroit chief of police, was still employed by the Detroit Police Department. This is more than four months after he retired he supposedly retired effective immediately as a result of a sex scandal.
It would be one thing if Ralph Godbee were simply collecting a pension. However, according to the pay stubs that Fox 2 News obtained and showed in this report, he is still be paid as a regular employee. He continues to earn vacation time and other benefits. This is highly unusual because it means that a city as broke as Detroit is essentially paying for two police chiefs: Ralph Godbee, the supposedly former police chief, and Chester Logan, our interim police chief.
Mayor Dave Bing and his press spokesman refused to comment on this story or explain why this supposedly retired police chief is still on our payroll.
Quite frankly, the worst part of this story, in my opinion, is how unsurprising it all is. When I first saw this story, I wasn't surprised by the revelation nor were any of the Detroit residents that I have talked to about it.
It is time, I believe, for a forensic audit of the City of Detroit's books. This simply should not be allowed to continue.