Goodbye Chief Ramsey, Helloooooo Nurse!

chief.pngIn my last post, I mentioned Chief Ramsey was probably on his way out. Little did I know… This morning Mayor-Elect Fenty named Commander Cathy Lanier to be DC’s next Chief of Police, effective on January 3rd. Commander Lanier began her career in DC back in 1990 as a beat officer in the Fourth District, and eventually worked her way up to assistant commander of the Sixth District, and then commander of the Fourth District.

Commander Lanier is currently serving as the head of the Homeland Security Unit which is responsible for Counterterrorism. Before that, she was also commander of Special Operations for the MPD. I welcome Chief Lanier, and, in the words of Wakko and Yakko, “Helloooooooo Nurse!”

10 Comments so far

  1. Ramu (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 1:13 pm

    Acc. to the WTOP story, she’s 39 years old, and she has a 24 year old son.


    or, she’s been 39 for a while.

  2. T (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 2:51 pm

    She’s now one of only 4 female police chiefs in major metropolitan cities (Milwaukee, etc.).

    “Hellooo nurse!”

    Is that really all you can say?

  3. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 2:57 pm

    Other than Congratulations, what did you want me to say? Her achievements are incredible, from rookie beat cop to chief in 16 years, and they speak for themselves.

  4. t (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 3:05 pm

    I was responding to the actual use of the phrase.

  5. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 3:10 pm

    You can’t deny that she’s a good lookin’ woman.

  6. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 6:33 pm

    Yeah, she’s good looking but a lot more than just that. Let’s talk qualifications, not sex appeal. That just lowers the conversation too much. If Fenty had chosen an unattractive man as the new chief, would we be talking about that?

  7. Tiff (unregistered) on November 21st, 2006 @ 6:27 pm

    Look, we’ve already established that she’s well qualified. You’ll note that far, far more words were spent on that than the what, 8 or so words you’re objecting to?

    God, talk about looking for things to take offense to… Just for the sake of equal time, I always thought Chief Ramsey kind of looked like Chief Wiggum and it always made me giggle.

  8. MBFan#2 (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2006 @ 10:03 am

    First, I agree with T. The comment reeks of sexism and trivialization of Lanier’s achievements. Why “nurse”? The use of the phrase “hello, nurse!”, though a respectable and admirable profession, insinuates the “Hot Lips” stereotype. Are you saying that because she looks good, that maybe she didn’t get there on her qualifications but on her being “a good lookin’ woman”.

    Here is a woman who has probably had to deal with male chauvinists who probably made such comments but had to compete with men who are twice her stature and work twice as hard using her brains and brawn to get where she is, and you belittle it down to “she’s a good lookin’ woman”.

    Sorry. You missed the boat on this one for me. Have you been hanging with Wayan a little too long…?

  9. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2006 @ 11:32 am

    MBFan, have you not seen Animaniacs? A classic of American Animation? Sorry if the reference seems obscure. I didn’t choose it for the profession, I chose it for the pop culture reference.

    I do look forward to Lanier’s tenure as she’s eminently qualified, and you’ll note that I still spent much much more time and column space discussing her work in the 4th and 6th Police Districts, as well as her time at Special Ops & Homeland Security than I did remarking that she’s a striking woman and will be a good public face for the department.

  10. MBFan#2 (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2006 @ 1:44 pm

    Now you know that not only are the hip and young reading your blog, but an older generation that are trying to keep up with the fast pace of pop culture. So forgive me for not understanding your reference.

    Still, I stand by my comment, as the second comment reflects my initial reaction.

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