ROCKVILLE, MD. — Montgomery County's first taxicab
inspector has resigned in protest after clashing with
county leaders on his tactics. John Hoffman said officials
made it hard for him to do his job.
He's been nicknamed by some as the "Dirty Harry of Taxicab
Inspectors." Hoffman's tactics included going undercover as
a tourist, setting up sting operations and investigating
cabbies who didn't show up on time. It's all part of the
former police officer's strategy to root out unscrupulous
But county officials told The Washington Post that he
sometimes got too aggressive and put himself and others at
risk. Hoffman had been hit twice while trying to keep a cab
or limousine from moving while he wrote a citation. He has
requested a radio to talk with police when he encounters
drugs or violence. But he said the county has refused.
Officials say the taxicab inspector is not supposed to act
as a police officer.