UCSF Police Chief Pam Roskowski has taken a Mini to the max, shunning the big SUVs that chiefs often favor for a Mini Cooper.
A $31,000 silver metallic, glass moon-roofed, chrome-trimmed, alloy- wheeled wonder complete with portable lights and siren.
The vehicle is raising a few eyebrows on campus, but the fully loaded car met Roskowski's criteria: "mobility, enough power to be driven on the freeway to do our business and ... easy to park." Roskowski, who joined UC in 2003, gets to pick her wheels as part of her university contract, and has handed off her not-so-old Honda Accord for the sportier Mini.
This is not the first time that Roskowski
has left some skid marks when it comes to matters of the motor.
Back in October 2001, in her
last job as police chief of Corvallis, Ore.
got into a tiff with her
own troops when she
tore up a citation and refunded a $175 towing charge for an acquaintance whose son's car had been hauled away after a friend who was driving it was busted for DUI. Roskowski
then changed the police department's towing policy, telling officers they could tow cars only when they posed a threat to public safety.
All of which prompted an Oregon Department of Justice investigation, which went nowhere.The Corvallis cops nonetheless gave her
an overwhelming vote of no confidence, accusing her
of both inept leadership and fiscal mismanagement. Roskowski
turned around and, just weeks after landing her UC
job, filed a $6 million defamation suit against the Corvallis police association and the Teamsters local.
Just the other day, according to the Corvallis Gazette-Times, a federal magistrate recommended that a district judge dismiss the suit -- noting that the chief's claims of emotional distress had been undermined by the fact that she
passed a battery of tests when she
applied for the UC
job two years ago. Roskowski
declined to talk about the case before there's a final ruling.But she
did defend her
decision to buy that Mini, telling us: "If I could put prisoners in the back, I'd get a fleet of them."