The Lykos Administration released moves last week that seem to indicate that the inmates are running the Asylum.
Following the departure of Chief Investigator Don McWilliams (which was effective October 31st), Lykos made the odd move of bringing back long-since-retired-former-D.A.-Investigator Walker "Mac" McAnally as chief investigator. Mac is a great guy and a great investigator. As far as moral character and investigative skills go, I've got no problem with that move. However, it is a little strange since he has been out of the business for quite some time. It would be the equivalent of the Houston Texans announcing that they are bringing in Warren Moon to quarterback.
The far more disturbing move, in my opinion, is the promotion of Leon Wilson to "Assistant Chief Investigator" from wherever he had been before.
Wilson, if you will recall, is one of the political Lykos-hires that she brought over from the County Attorney's Office at the beginning of her term. Per most of the sources I've talked to, he has been an extreme loyalist to her, and an extreme agitator to his fellow co-workers. Early on, he inexplicably clashed with some senior and highly respected D.A. Investigators in what appeared to be nothing more than power plays over who had the most clout within the Office.
While other Lykos appointees such as Chief Investigator McWilliams and Dennis Field seemed to have had the respect of the investigators they were supervising, Wilson seemed to have the disdain of most investigators that I spoke with.
Apparently, with McWilliams' departure last week, Wilson finally was able to seize the power within the Office he had been so desperately searching for. According to my reliable sources, he lobbied for the firing of one of the Captain Investigators and was denied that. However, he did manage to get that highly respected investigator demoted when he appealed directly to Lykos.
Wilson's promotion to Assistant Chief Investigator for the last two months of the Lykos Administration will give him something to put on his resume, I suppose. However, his promotion is more akin to being made Captain of the Titanic long after it struck the iceberg.
To say that his new supervisory position is not sitting well with the rest of the rank and file at the Office would be a massive understatement. It will be interesting to see what other things happen in the final 56 days of the Administration.
There are rumors that if Republican Candidate Robert Talton is elected to the position of County Attorney that he may hire Wilson as an investigator.
I certainly hope Talton does his homework first.