CASTING OUT CORRUPTION IN GOVERNMENT

MY FRIEND PETE and I sometimes go out for pancakes on Friday mornings. He had a career in law enforcement, and the other day he talked a little about when he was a police chief in a small town in Missouri. At one point he discovered a network of corruption in the municipal government—including embezzlement and misuse of public funds—that surprised him, as it included not just clerks who routinely handled money but also the highest elected officials in City Hall. Seeing the scope of criminal activity, Pete realized it was beyond his jurisdiction, and he turned the case over to federal authorities—but not before the mayor, sensing what was going on, fired him.

While justice was served eventually, in the short term Pete was out of a job. He found work after a time directing security for a large corporation in the private sector, but he missed the camaraderie and sense of public service associated with his earlier career.

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