Additional Thoughts (Feb 15, 2020) – Administrative Leave of Police Chief

Feb 15, 2020 | City Council

The following was originally published in my Feb 15, 2020 Newsletter in the “Additional Thoughts” section

Additional thoughts…

I’d like to draw your attention to one other newsworthy item tucked in the back of our agenda: F-4, a communication under “Clerk’s Report of Communications, Petitions, Referrals.”

This part of our agenda is not voted on, but is merely entered into the public record. Item F-4 is notice from our City Administrator to the City Clerk, regarding the administrative leave status for Police Chief Cox. Our City Charter requires that:

The City Administrator may, for good cause, suspend any officer whose appointment by the Council is required to be made upon the recommendation of the City Administrator. Within twenty-four hours after any such suspension, the City Administrator shall file with the Clerk a statement of the reasons therefor. The Council shall either remove or reinstate the officer within thirty days after the filing of the statement.

I find this communication of interest mostly because, as of this writing, Council has been given very little information about the matter. At some point soon, I look forward to a more robust discussion and analysis of the policies and procedures exercised in the last ten days.