Earlier this year, CareerBuilder.com did a survey asking participants whether or not they had ever dated a coworker in the professional careers.
Forty percent admitted they had. That’s a lot, though I actually would have expected the number to be higher.
That brings us to my actual blog subject. The police chief of Beloit, Wisconsin was asked to retire – and did- last week because he had an affair with a female officer. According to Beloit City Manager Larry Arft, Chief Sam Lathrop had an extramarital affair with Sergeant Pam Barney, who was also married.
Arft found out about the hanky-panky and told Lathrop he should retire. His retirement was supposed to take place August 31, but he had so much vacation time saved up his retirement started last Friday.
If you were the city manager, would you have told Chief Lathrop he needed to go? I have mixed feelings. While I certainly do not condone an affair, I wonder if his personal life should be kept separate from his professional life. On the other hand, public officials are (and should be) held to a higher standard.
Then again, any number of former US Presidents have strayed and they never lost their jobs as a result.
What do you folks think?