DETROIT (WWJ) – The Detroit police sex scandal that has led to the sudden departure of Chief Ralph Godbee is prompting a policy change in city government.
Mayor Dave Bing says it’s time to write an official city policy against fraternizing with subordinates or co-workers.
“I think that should be city-wide, quite frankly, so I’ll be meeting with human resources and probably the law department to put a policy in place,” Bing told reporters, shortly announcing Godbee’s voluntary retirement on Monday.
“There’s never been a policy in place for fraternization and I think that’s part of the problem that we are confronted with today, so I wanna do that on a city-wide basis,” Bing said.
Godbee remains out-of-town at a police chiefs’ conference in Santa Monica, Calif., and still hasn’t commented on an alleged affair with another officer that resulted in his suspension last week.
The accusations of impropriety came from Angelica Robinson, an internal affairs officer. Robinson, in an interview with a local TV station, called the now-ex-chief a “sex addict.” She went public after learning that Godbee was involved with another woman.
Godbee’s predecessor, former Detroit Police Chief Warren Evans, was forced to resign in the midst of his own sex scandal in 2010. According to Evans, he and Godbee had been involved with the same woman around the time Godbee was promoted to chief. (More on this here).
WWJ Newsradio 950’s Pat Sweeting talked with lifelong Detroiter Fanny West who is among those happy to see Godbee go.
“Yeah, I think that it was a good idea. I think it’s time to get some real leaders in this city and get things straightened out because it’s horrible what’s going on,” West said.
Other residents said these latest developments cast a poor light on Detroit just as the city is making progress in its recovery.