A federal civil service board has ordered that former U.S. Park Police Chief Teresa Chambers be reinstated and paid $840,000 in back pay.
In 2003, Chambers complained publicly that she wasn’t given the resources to do her job. The Interior Department fired Chambers seven months later. Chambers claimed protection by the Whistleblower Protection Act.
The Department of Interior said Chambers was fired for insubordination and failing to follow the chain of command.
The federal government has the right to appeal the 53-page opinion by the Merit Systems Protection Board.