Dallas chief announces firings through Twitter
Chief David O. Brown aims for transparency
By Laura Entis
DALLAS — Now more than ever, companies are striving for transparency in new and extreme ways, publicly posting salary information, performance reviews and stock shares. But Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown has taken the concept of radical transparency one step further: Every time he fires an officer or employee, he announces the termination on Twitter.
Brown's termination tweets follow a simple format, stating the name of the employee and the reason for the firing. In 2013, twenty-seven officers and employees were let go; each departure was accompanied by a Tweet, like this one:
I have terminated 911 Call Taker Moises Limon today for driving while under the influence and not reporting his arrest to his supervisor.— Chief David O. Brown (@DPDChief) December 30, 2013
Brown said his actions are motivated by transparency, and a desire to "engage the public on social media."
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