Just what we need. ISP director moves to IEMA director.Posted by Jack Howser on Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 @ 3:24 pm.
ILLINOIS—Wonder whose brainfart THIS was?
We were tipped this morning that Jonathon Monken, Pat Quinn’s questionable replacement for Blago’s appointee, Larry Trent, as director of the Illinois State Police, had turned in a resignation on Valentine’s Day. Now, Capitol Fax Blog is reporting same:
But further to that, he’s gotten himself a lateral move somehow—Monken is now the state’s IEMA director.
This should disturb we the people of Illinois greatly. Why?
Because Monken possessed a “lack of law enforcement experience,” the Illinois Senate refused to confirm Quinn’s appointment of him as ISP director. Hm. Didn’t seem to bother ol Paddy when he put Monken in after Blago’s ouster.
Naturally, the problem we have with this is that in the event of an “emergency” (the definition of which is totally subjective these days), EMA managers/directors are in charge, NOT law enforcement authorities. EMA is the lead agency in time of emergency (natural, man-made, uprising, etc) and their authority supersedes that of all law enforcement, period.
There’s no way Monken (and the officials who allowed this to transpire) doesn’t know this. So really, it’s not a lateral move. It’s a step up, realistically, especially under the circumstances of an “emergency,” which is why this agency exists to begin with anyway. After all, it began as the Federal Emergency MILITARY Agency, designed to take over in the Continuity of Government scenario should there be some kind of civil uprising and the country splinter.
Think about it.
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