With an assortment of books and files stored on the shelves behind her and an attached conference room, the office is fully equipped to sustain lengthy meetings and meet the short-term needs of the Chief Warlock. The office is currently occupied by Eden Lestrange.
An interview with the Minister was impossible at this moment and she had found it quite unfortunate that she was set to arrive home again with such poor timing, but she had to arrange a position for herself quickly. Arranging things for herself and her three children has been no simple task even in the slightest, but at least they are still at school and she had no need to fret over where they were or where she had to get them to around the time of her interview. Altogether she is just glad she can have a meeting with the Chief Warlock at all, approaching her door and giving it a stern knock. She is dressed professionally with her portfolio case tucked neatly underneath her arm.
Moments later, Eden opens the door, smiling politely at the blonde waiting on the other side. "Missus Sokolova," she greets, "Please, come in. Take a seat." Eden waits for Jenelle to make her way into the office before closing the door. "I apologize for any inconveniences created when scheduling this interview. The Minister is unfortunately unable to render any services right now, and you know how it goes. Everything always happens at the most inconvenient of times," she muses, shaking her head. Eden settles in her chair after. "You're here for... Head of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes." For some reason, the file provided to her by her assistant doesn't have Jenelle's application. It frustrates Eden a little, but she closes the file nonetheless, deciding to improvise a little. "How long have you been with the department?"
Drew knew being interviewed by the minister was sort of out of the question right now. She was in hospital. Though Drew was happy to do the interview in there, she didn't know why having a baby should stop work. But she wasn't going to bring it up. So she was being interviewed by Eden... who was in labour the last time Drew really talked to her. Drew liked Sarah as a boss and...well...she did take it slightly hard when she heard about what happened to her. However, she wasn't going to let the spot sit there empty and risk some outsider coming in and undoing everything Sarah did. So Drew signed up. Plus, she was getting old (mentally) and maybe it was time to get out of the auror office. Only thing that made her hesitate was Octavia. Actually two things, Drew wasn't sure how Eden was going to welcome her. Maybe Drew could get away with saying that situation had gone down the way it had because Luka was an impulsive idiot. Nothing to do with Drew's working capabilities. Drew stood outisde the door of her office before knocking sharply twice. It had been years since she'd done an interview and, surprisingly, her stomach was twisting with nerves.
Having already been expecting Drew, Eden has to do little more than brandish her wand, flicking it to open the door for Hamilton. Wordlessly, she gestures at the seat across from her before immediately returning to what she'd been doing before: going over Drew's files. She doesn't feel like she has to, necessarily — after all, they've worked closely for as long as she's been Chief Warlock, and she knows what she's done for the department. Still, she's stepping in for Eleni and doesn't want to mess up. As such, she's putting in the same amount of effort as she would for any other candidate to a Head of Department job. She lets the silence linger for a few minutes as she makes some last minute observations of her file. (A part of her wants to make her feel tense, if not outright nervous, but again, she knows Drew. She's incapable of feeling either thing, sadly.)
Drew knew everything (for the most part) that Eden would find in that file. Her stints in Mungo's growing up, living in Lil Bundles, the reason on why she was in there, then her career, was detailed in the file. She'd had one since she was a child in the care of the state. Despite Eden's thoughts, Drew was feeling tense. Not that she showed this, she had the same perpetual frown on her face that she always did. "Everything to your standard?" She asked after a moment after sliding into the opposite seat.
"The Auror Department's dead. There hasn't been any progress in the cases against suspected members of The Black Parade, there isn't an ongoing investigation into Sarah's death that can lead us to the successful arrest of the culprit, and the department has been through more staff changes in the last ten years than its whole existence combined." Eden begins, tone flat. "Frankly, you're the best thing that has happened to the Auror Department in recent years, and that isn't saying too much considering the things I've just listed. Why should I promote you to Head of Law Enforcement instead of keeping you in a position where I know you can perform to Minister Yaxley and I's standards?"
The brief meeting with the Parade leader flashed through Drew's mind and she internally sighed. "We have put the black parade progress on the back seat due to other concerning matters, such as Sarah's case and the emergence of other, more imminent, threats," she said, hoping that the topic was dropped. She had a rough idea on who was connected to the parade, maybe not an exhaustive list, but enough that she didn't really want to hash it out with Eden Lestrange. "With all due respect, I am confident that my suspected successor will be able to perform to that same standard, and then some. I know change has historically been something that hasn't been a good thing, especially since there was little to no stability but I still think it can be beneficial. It ensures that it doesn't remain stagnant. We have to teach people how to move on, how to deal with change, and ensure they aren't reliant on one person in order to keep it functioning. I've been there for a while now and I think it's time for me to move on to something more challenging. Allow other people to give the department a new breathe of life."
"Why is the Black Parade in the back seat? We have more aurors now and no immediate threats to the domestic welfare of the state. The Black Parade is for still a criminal ring and no member of it should be exempt from answering for what they've done. I imagine you haven't forgotten the attack on the druid clan in Ireland several years ago? Complete eradication, and there was evidence to support it had been several members of the Parade. They're a threat to all international relationships the IMC has spent years devoted to mending after our catastrophic time under Fitzgerald's rule. I fail to see yet how that isn't a priority for the auror department and, if there truly is anything more urgent, then why it isn't at the very least an active investigation led by two or three select hit wix that can commit to the eventual arrests of these prolific killers and thieves." Eden pauses for a moment, allowing Drew to digest everything she's been saying. "Now I ask: if I were to approve your promotion, can I expect you to reassess the department's priorities and reallocate manpower as needed?"
As terrible as the parade was, they were providing other criminals that were being a little louder to wizarding society. Drew didn't want to spread her resources thin, as Eden had already pointed out–it wasn't as if they had unlimited aurors. However, she wasn't the boss–Lestrange was and if Lestrange wanted to flush the parade out? Well—Drew was going to comply. With a smile, swallowing her own pride, she briefly considered a career path in either the Chief Warlock or Minister of Magic. Make this country her bitch. Then she can kick out the Russian royals who kept on trying to invite her out to dinner. "Of course," she said, "the Black Parade will be the priority moving forward. You have my word." Drew didn't give a shit about her word. Push comes to shove, she'd deal with whatever pressing issue was at hand. "Of course, if you were to approve my promotion, the allocation of aurors would be my successor's responsibilities. But I'm sure as head of Law, I will be able to work with them to ensure that we flush out the paraders still terrorising our streets."
Eden sighs. Frankly, the Ministry needs a Head, and there isn't going to be an applicant as committed as Drew. She still has some reservations, but at the end of the day, she also needs to keep in mind what Eleni would want. She's only about 99.9% sure she'd hire Drew on the spot, so Eden closes the files she has and sets them aside. "What are your long-term plans for the department? Is there anything you plan to change, overhaul, keep? Supposing it's within the budget established by the Wizengamot, what do you plan to do to drag Law Enforcement out of the slump its currently in?" She's already made a decision, but the least Eden would like to do is drag it out. Drew has never been much of a talker; time for that to change.
Drew talked at just the right amount, thanks, she doesn't see why she has to change. She's been told her stares said more than words could ever dream of capturing. "My long term plans are to ensure that the department runs smoothly and continues to grow in a positive direction. I'm planning to go through each employer that we have in the department and ensure that they're still meeting requirements, and my standards. From there, I'll decide if it's worth introducing constant training for those who have relaxed over the years, or find a replacement." Brutal? Maybe. Drew didn't care. She was also thinking about lowering the entry rates but then she also wanted competent people. However, she was also aware that school marks didn't always translate to reality so maybe they shouldn't treat the marks as the base line. She didn't voice this, she wasn't so sure of it either. "Start a advertisement campaign for aurors and try to make our image a little better. Law enforcement should be serving the people." Eden was right–Drew wasn't a talker, she wasn't the biggest on speeches, and her speeches were notoriously short.