On a separate front, the SOA unearthed a long-forgotten 1982 city ordinance that caps the number of people who can hold certain ranks. When McCarthy revealed his intention this month to promote more than two-dozen officers to sergeant, the union pointed out the ordinance, forcing him to limit the sergeant promotions to five.
McCarthy also noticed that the ordinance limited the number of captains to 30 — even though the force has 33. So now he is contemplating demoting three captains to the rank of lieutenant while he tries to convince the city council to change the ordinance.
This story just keeps getting better.