A pair of special meetings are set to take place at City Hall Friday afternoon as the Police Services Board raises concerns surrounding it’s latest round of negotiating a budget request.
Over the last nine months, the Board’s Negotiating Committee said requests were consistently ignored by the City Manager.
Councillor Josh Morgan tells AM980 police provided a record indicating eight occurrences when police did not receive a response from the City.
“The chart attached to the letter that says ‘here’s a point where there was no response, here’s a point where there was no response,’ I certainly anticipate us asking, ‘well, what’s the response to this?’ what did we do, what didn’t we do, did we communicate, how did we, if we didn’t, why didn’t we, and I expect all of that to happen as part of the public discussion.”
But Morgan admitted the meeting may have to go behind closed doors.
“If the conversation even goes close to holding someone accountable, that is a process which we have to follow very specific procedures on and we will end up getting in camera if that’s the case, because if we’re talking about someone’s performance, or the performance appraisal, that is the place where we have to do that,” said Morgan. “That being said, I think a great amount of clarification can happen publicly on the letter and the responses to the letter without having to do that.”
Councillors unanimously endorsed a $2.7 million settlement with the London Police Services Board earlier this month, avoiding a court hearing before the Ontario Civilian Police Commission.
The money will go towards hiring six new officers, but because it’s less than the $4.1 million police were hoping for, the new hires won’t happen until next year.
In a letter to the City, Budget Chair Paul Paolatto said their team decided to utilize the media to communicate to the City and the public, a move criticized by some city officials.
City politicians will meet first as the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee at 4p.m. followed immediately by full Council.