I read with interest your comments
about David Hebert in Brittany's blog piece today. I have a
You say that Hebert "spent
10 years as an Assistant District Attorney successfully fighting
crime." You say that Hebert "is more than qualified" to
run our 700+ person Police Department. I
certainly hope that someone who gets $223,490 in compensation
per year is "more
However, yesterday I received
a copy of Hebert's resume. It gives no indication that he ever
tried a case, either as a private attorney or as a prosecutor.
It says NOTHING about him doing
any type of law enforcement work other than brainstorming strategy
with his pal the D.A., and doing legal reviews.
So I ask you and, by copy, I
ask David himself:
• Has "Prosecutor" Hebert
ever personally taken a case to trial? If so, roughly how many?
In how many was he the lead attorney? (Law school mock trials
do not count.)
• Has he ever been personally
responsible for obtaining an indictment?
• Prior to his employment
here, did he ever directly supervise any law enforcement
• Has he ever led a law
enforcement task force or any other special group comprised
of law enforcement professionals?
• Why does The New York
Times say he spent 10 years as a "spokesman" for
the D.A. and never mention a single case that he prosecuted?
• Specifically what law
enforcement work has Hebert done as an "Assistant District
Attorney" that qualifies him to run our Police Department?
What are his specific, relevant, law enforcement/policing accomplishments?
I have asked the city for copies
of records that document any law enforcement training Hebert
has received — any courses that he has taken. So
far I have received none ... unless you count attending
the Police Chiefs' convention. Does he have any such training??
Your comments to Brittany make
it appear that he was a real crimefighter and not just the
D.A.'s PR flack. So I'm sure you must have lots of good, specific
information of which I am unaware that you will not doubt be
happy and eager to share. I'll pay for copies, even!
After all, I wouldn't want to
unfairly accuse you of trying to mislead the public.