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For Immediate Release: Sep 01, 2004
Contact: Kirsten Stade (202) 265-7337

CHAMBERS' HEARING SET FOR SEPTEMBER 8, 2004

Interior's Top Officials Testify Before Public & Judge


Next Wednesday, September 8th, there will be a hearing to review the legality of the removal of U.S. Park Police Chief Teresa Chambers. Top officials from the U.S. Department of Interior and National Park Service are to appear for testimony and cross-examination by Chambers' lawyers.

WHO: DEPUTY INTERIOR SECRETARY STEVEN GRILES, NATIONAL PARKS SERVICE DIRECTOR FRAN MAINELLA, DEPUTY PARKS DIRECTOR DONALD MURPHY, AND DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY PAUL HOFFMAN ARE AMONG THE OFFICIALS SLATED TO TESTIFY.

WHAT: Hearing to review the decision to remove Teresa Chambers as Chief of the U.S. Park Police

WHEN: Wednesday, September 8, 2004 @ 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: The U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board 1800 Diagonal Road, Suite 205 ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314-2840

CONTACT: Chas Offutt [PEER] (202) 265-7337; Mr. Shannon [MSPB] (202) 653-7200

Note: The presiding judge of this Merit Systems Protection Board hearing has made the following discretionary ruling concerning media coverage:

"No one will be permitted to tape-record, photograph or film the hearing. The hearing will be tape-recorded under the direction of the Board. A written transcript will not be provided but may be purchased from the court reporter."

In addition, there will be limited seating in the MSPB hearing room.

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For background information about Chief Chambers' case