12/08/2009

Increased Police and Fire Boards?

Posted by MJ

LUSJ reporting that Mayor Tucker is taking some heat for desiring to increase the size of the police and fire boards.

Mayor Michael Tucker’s attempt to keep a retiring Common Council member on the fire board is drawing criticism from either side of the political aisle.

The Council will hold a public hearing this month on a proposal to increase membership of the police and fire boards by one each.

The proposal is by Tucker, who says he’d value “an extra set of eyes” on both boards, but primarily wants room made on the fire board for 4th Ward Alderman Patrick Schrader, who lost his bid for re-election last month.
 The public meeting on the requested change is on the 16th.

Since it is a no-pay appointed position I do not see a major offense in adding another spot and I can see the benefits of having an odd numbered board for voting purposes. As for how we feel about who he appoints, I guess that is another issue.

1 comments:

Anonymous said...

I just think that it's ironic that the Mayor is looking to add these two positions now that a new council will be in place in a few short weeks. It's just another way to allow the same people to continue having some kind of power in our city government. Also be sure to keep an eye on the position available at the City Treasurer's Office-that ought to be interesting as well.

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