MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS MEETING TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2019
A meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners of Kansas City, Missouri was held on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 1125 Locust Street, Kansas City.
Commissioner Nathan Garrett, President Commissioner Don Wagner, Treasurer Commissioner Mark Tolbert, Member Commissioner Cathy Dean, Member Mayor Quinton Lucas, Member – left the meeting at 10:32 a.m. Mr. David V. Kenner, Secretary/Attorney – arrived at 10:26 a.m. Richard C. Smith, Chief of Police
This meeting was called to order at 9:39 a.m. by Commissioner Garrett. Sergeant Ron Taylor led the Pledge of Allegiance. Chaplain Richard Rocha provided the invocation. Commissioner Garrett advised that Mr. Kenner would be arriving late to the meeting.
Awards and Commendations. The Meritorious Service Award was presented to Regional Crime Laboratory Director Linda Netzel. Director Netzel began her career in 1994 as a trace evidence criminalist with the Kansas City, Missouri Police Crime Laboratory. Through her completed high-profile casework and her ability to collaborate with stakeholders, she became the lab director in 2007.
The reputation of the KCMO Police Crime Lab is one of excellence. Members of the law enforcement community, prosecuting attorneys, defense attorneys and private entities all utilize the services at the Crime Lab because of the reputation it has earned. Director Netzel is a strong advocate for forensic science and believes that transparency greatly enhances the lab’s credibility. She has instilled this belief in her staff and developed an ethics course for lab employees.
In September of 2014, the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors- Laboratory Accreditation Board bestowed their International Accreditation for Forensic Science Testing Laboratories on the Crime Lab. Only 104 city and county crime labs have earned the accreditation and the KCPD Crime Lab is just one of seven labs nationwide to earn accreditation in eight different disciplines, the most of any city or county lab.
Director Netzel has also maintained a long-time partnership with the Kansas City Interdisciplinary Response to Sexual Assault (KCIRSA) group. She provides education to area sexual assault nurses in the field of evidence collection. In 2014, Director Netzel received the Saint Luke’s Health System Community Service Award.
Director Netzel then took on the monumental task of planning the new Crime Lab building by touring the top crime labs across the nation. She worked with the architects to design and develop a plan for a state-of-the-art crime lab which opened in late 2015 at 27th and Brooklyn. The interior was thoughtfully designed to allow for public tours of the space while preserving the integrity of the lab’s disciplines. Nearly 1,000 community visitors per year have toured the crime lab since its opening in 2015.
To further engage the community in forensic science, particularly students from the urban core, Director Netzel created a six-week career explorations program called “CSI-Kansas City – High School Students Unit”. She partnered her crime lab team members with students from local high schools. Students were taught to observe and record data, think critically and conduct tests to solve crime, all culminating in spending a day at the Crime Lab to process a mock crime scene using the skills they had been taught over the six weeks.
After almost 25 years with the department, Director Netzel will be retiring this month. Thank you for all your leadership and hard work to make the KCPD Crime Lab what it is today. Commissioner Garrett, on behalf of the Board, congratulated Director Netzel on her retirement.
Commissioner Garrett introduced Commissioner Cathy Dean. Commissioner Dean will replace Commissioner Leland Shurin, as his term has expired. Commissioner Garrett thanked Commissioner Shurin for his service to the Board, KCPD and the community.
Councilwoman Heather Hall. Councilwoman Heather Hall welcomed Commissioner Dean to the Board. Councilwoman Hall advised that the City Council hosted a business session on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, to address the need for jail space in the City. The City Council adopted Resolution 191018 and Resolution 191028 in that regard.
Resolution 191018 directs the Acting City Manager to develop a plan with short term options to address additional needs for housing KCPD and City arrestees and detainees, and report back to Council by January 16, 2020. The Resolution advises that the City and Heartland Center for Behavioral Change are terminating their contract on December 31, 2019. The Heartland Center for Behavioral Change currently houses up to 110 KCPD and City inmates and detainees. To make up for the shortfall, the City will now house KCPD arrestees and detainees in Vernon County, and the City is contracting with Jackson County and Sheriff Darryl Forté to provide inmate and detainee beds for 90 days.
Resolution 191028 directs the Acting City Manager to execute a contract for a jail needs assessment with SFS Architecture by December 12, 2019. In response to a question, Councilwoman Hall advised that the City put out a Request for Proposal Quote (RFPQ) for a jail needs assessment, to determine what is needed in a full scale jail and rehabilitation facility. SFS Architecture won the RFPQ bid. Mayor Lucas added that the City will engage with KCPD and Jackson County to determine the most efficient way to house inmates.
Commissioner Garrett stated that KCPD is in a unique position because it straddles the City with municipal violation offenders and Jackson County with felony offenders. He expressed the need for Jackson County to take part in the jail needs assessment as well. Mayor Lucas advised that the County Executive has been engaged in conversations regarding the jail thus far. Commissioner Garrett thanked the City for the collaboration with KCPD and Jackson County, and for their attention to the jail crisis that Kansas City is currently facing.
Chief of Police Richard C. Smith. Chief Richard Smith announced the retirement of Deputy Chiefs Roger Lewis and Sharon Laningham. He advised that both deputy chiefs were tremendous assets to the KCPD team, and the Department will miss them. Chief Smith advised that he is promoting Majors Shawn Wadle and Karen True to fill the vacant deputy chief positions. The Board thanked Colonel Lewis and Colonel Laningham for their service, and wished them well in their retirement.
Chief Smith spoke about his meeting with Governor Parson and Mayor Lucas. During their meeting, they discussed the need to enhance the witness protection program in Missouri, seek community mental health and substance abuse funding for victims and offenders, and review firearm legislation on the state level. Mayor Lucas commended Chief Smith for his leadership and attention to these needs. He expressed there is no stronger lobbying team than the chief of police.
Public Comments. Mr. Howard Brummett thanked the Board and Department for the informative meeting and their attention to the mental health crisis.
Officer Timothy Griddine congratulated Colonel Lewis and Colonel Laningham on their retirement. He explained the urgent and immediate need for jail space from an officer’s perspective. He advised that victims are continuing to be victimized over and over because there is nowhere to house the persistent offenders. He also advised that in one month, the Department arrested 700 people; 500 of those arrests were released on signature bonds. Officer Griddine shared stories about suspects he’s arrested that were back on the streets committing crimes the very next day.
Officer Griddine asked the Board and City to consider having a facility large enough to house all arrests that also includes rehabilitation treatment to those with mental illnesses. He also urged the need for additional officers on the Department.
Mr. Ron Hunt echoed Officer Griddine’s comments. He commended the Chief for meeting with Governor Parson to address the issues the City is facing. Mr. Hunt believes that the City needs more than a jail; it needs mental health institutions. He also spoke about the need to identify funding for surveillance camera monitoring around the City. Mr. Hunt believes surveillance cameras are a crime deterrent, and the City can benefit greatly from them.
Commissioner Garrett thanked Mr. Brummett, Officer Griddine, and Mr. Hunt for their engagement.
Approval of minutes. A motion was made by Commissioner Tolbert, with a second by Commissioner Wagner, to approve the minutes of the open meeting on November 19, 2019. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 99.Sergeant Brad Lemon advised that the Annual Cops-with-Kids Holiday Shopping Event was a success. The FOP purchased gifts for approximately 180 children. He thanked all that attended the event.
At the event, Sergeant Lemon met a mother of four kids that had been stabbed by her boyfriend 30+ times and has been homeless off and on, another mother that was currently going through chemotherapy, and a homeless family that needed a place to stay for Christmas. Meeting families under horrible circumstances has become a regular occurrence at this annual event. Sergeant Lemon advised that next year Department social workers will be involved in the event, to assist families like these get the resources and assistance they need.
Sergeant Lemon thanked Commissioner Garrett for speaking at the FOP Holiday Party. He advised the party was a great success. Sergeant Lemon believes that now is not the right time to address state versus local control because there are more important issues to be discussed. Sergeant Lemon advised that of the 50 most violent cities in the U.S., 49 of them are locally controlled.
Mr. David Kenner joined the meeting at 10:26 a.m.
Sergeant Lemon advised that on December 19, 2019, he will be traveling to the White House to discuss transforming mental health treatment and combating homelessness, violence and substance abuse. He believes that mental health treatment should not be left in the hands of police officers, and the government needs to address the need for mental health assistance nationwide.
Mayor Lucas wished everyone a happy holiday season, and left the meeting at 10:32 a.m. due to illness.
Executive Services Bureau.Deputy Chief Mark Francisco thanked Officer Griddine for his expressing his passion for his job and the community he serves. Deputy Chief Francisco presented the following items for Board approval: a. Budget Transfers for Fiscal Year 2019-20. A memorandum dated November 25, 2019, was presented to recommend approval of budget transfers. This budget transfer will affect the General Fund, Police Grants Fund and the Grants Special Revenue Fund.
A motion was made by Commissioner Tolbert, with a second by Commissioner Wagner, to approve the budget transfers as presented. The vote was 4-0 in favor. b. Adjustment to Special Revenue Accounts for Fiscal Year 2019-20. A memorandum dated November 25, 2019, was presented to recommend the sum of $500,000 be increased in the Liability Self-Retention Fund for potential settlements.
A motion was made by Commissioner Tolbert, with a second by Commissioner Wagner, to approve the appropriation of $500,000 to the Liability Self-Retention Fund for potential settlements. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
c. Adjustments to Special Revenue Accounts for Fiscal Year 2019-20. A memorandum dated November 25, 2019, was presented to recommend approval of the following adjustments to the special revenue accounts:
The Department has received $80,000 of monetary donations to acquire various pieces of equipment needed. The sum of $80,000 needs to be appropriated from the Special Services Donation Fund to the Special Services Commodities – Minor Equipment Fund.
A motion was made by Commissioner Dean, with a second by Commissioner Tolbert, to approve the appropriation of $80,000 to the Special Services Commodities – Minor Equipment Fund. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
d. Modification – HIDTA Cooperative Award #G19MW0005A. A memorandum dated November 21, 2019, was presented to recommend approval to the modification to the HIDTA Cooperative Award #G19MW0005A, for additional funding in the amount of $10,000.00 for the period beginning January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020. This award combines the HIDTA Kansas City Metropolitan Enforcement Task Force and the Violent Crimes Task Force. The total award is now $1,115,945, and is 100 percent federally funded. The Kansas City Metropolitan Enforcement Task Force portion is $976,088.00, and the Violent Crimes Task Force portion is $139,857.00
A motion was made by Commissioner Dean, with a second by Commissioner Tolbert, to approve the modification of the HIDTA Cooperative Award #G19MW0005A and accept additional funding in the amount of $10,000.00. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
Deputy Chief Francisco provided an update on the Communications Unit. He advised that the Communications Unit is currently staffed with 89 members, leaving 17 vacant positions. The 911 hold time for the month of November 2019 was 14 seconds, compared to 15 seconds in November 2018. There are currently 33 applicants in various stages of the hiring process. He noted that the number of calls received continues to increase, and the number of call takers are decreasing.
The Department plans to increase recruitment efforts for the Communications Unit through job fairs and the Department’s Media Unit. Commissioner Garrett noted that a large volume of calls to 911 were “handled by other means.” Deputy Chief Francisco advised that the call center screens calls for fire and EMS emergencies, and also receives numerous calls that are considered non-emergency. These are examples of calls that were handled by other means. It is important for the public to know that 911 is to be used for emergency situations only, and the Department’s non-emergency number is 816-234-5111. The City also has an action center where citizens can report a problem, request a service or ask a question about City services. The City Service Action Center can be reached by dialing 311.
Professional Development and Research Bureau.Deputy Chief Robert Kuehl commended Officer Rashanda Williams in the Youth Services Unit. Officer Williams oversees the PAL Dance and Softball Teams. Officer Williams held a dance event to benefit the children of homicide victims. Twelve dance teams and nearly 500 spectators took part in this event. Money raised at the event was used to purchase gifts for 15 homicide victim families. Officer Williams was present at meeting. Commissioner Garrett thanked Officer Williams for taking it one step further in assisting and connecting with these victims.
Deputy Chief Kuehl presented the Academy Class Summary for December 2019. There are currently 67 KCPD recruits within two training classes at the Academy. Deputy Chief Kuehl advised that the 167th Entrant Officer Class will graduate on January 9, 2020, and the 168th Entrant Officer Class will graduate on May 7, 2020.
Deputy Chief Kuehl presented the following consent agenda items for approval:
Project #1074: Employee Evaluations
Project #1168: Reserve Sworn Members Volunteer Program
Project #1217: Explosive Device Calls
Project #1243: Discrimination and/or Harassment
Deputy Chief Kuehl advised that Project #1074 was initiated by Chief Smith to identify a more fair and accurate process. Members from the FOP, Command Staff, Human Resources Section, Research and Development Division, and the Office of General Counsel participated in this review.
A motion was made by Commissioner Wagner, with a second by Commissioner Dean, to approve Project #1074: Employee Evaluations, as presented. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
Deputy Chief Kuehl advised that Project #1168 was initiated by Chief Smith to address additional oversight and accountability needs of the program. In response to a question regarding the required number of hours annually worked, Chief Smith advised that a majority of the reserve officers work in an off-duty capacity, using Department uniforms and equipment, with little benefit to the Department. Chief Smith recommends that reserve officers continue to be required to volunteer at the Department for 288 hours annually, or 72 hours quarterly. He noted that there are 38 members in the reserve program, and a majority of them have no second jobs.
A motion was made by Commissioner Tolbert, with a second by Commissioner Dean, to approve Project #1168: Reserve Sworn Members Volunteer Program, as presented. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
Deputy Chief Kuehl advised that Project #1217: Explosive Device Calls was up for its five-year review. The Board had no questions in regard.
A motion was made by Commissioner Tolbert, with a second by Commissioner Wagner, to approve Project #1217: Explosive Device Calls, as presented. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
Deputy Chief Kuehl advised that Project #1243: Discrimination and/or Harassment was initiated by Chief Smith to add the option of forwarding 310-6 investigations to the Internal Affairs Unit. Currently, policy requires Human Resources to send these internal investigations to outside contractors. Since outside investigators involve costs, Chief Smith wanted to have the option of investigating in-house.
A motion was made by Commissioner Dean, with a second by Commissioner Wagner, to approve Project #1243: Discrimination and/or Harassment, as presented. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
Commissioner Tolbert inquired about cultural diversity sensitivity in the employee evaluations process. Deputy Chief Kuehl advised that cultural diversity classes are taught to recruits in the Academy, as well as annual in-service training for officers. He advised that there is also continued oversight on the Department when it comes to cultural diversity and bias. He noted that ethics and professionalism are also captured in other Department policies. Chief Smith invited the Board to attend the cultural diversity training class taught at the Academy by Officer Anthony Rogers.
Investigations Bureau. Deputy Chief Roger Lewis presented the Investigations Bureau report for November 2019. He advised that to-date in 2019, there have been 139 homicides, compared to 127 at this time last year. There has only been one homicide so far in December 2019. Deputy Chief Lewis explained the levels of clearances rates to Commissioner Dean. Commissioner Wagner inquired about the increase of homicides in the Metro Patrol Division (MPD) this year. Deputy Chief Lewis advised that there have been more violent areas in MPD this year, and the Department is putting focus in those areas. The Department will increase the number of homicide detectives by 8 (2 per squad) starting approximately December 29, 2019.
There were 31 non-fatal shootings in November 2019, compared to 25 in November 2018. To-date in 2019, there have been 466 living shooting victims identified, compared to 425 at this time last year. There have been nine living shooting victims identified so far in December 2019. Deputy Chief Lewis advised that the City had 450 failed homicides in 2018, and is on-pace for over 500 this year.
Deputy Chief Lewis advised that the Department will double the number of Assault Squad detectives from 12 to 24. There will now be assault squads working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The increase is anticipated to occur by January 12, 2020. The Department will incorporate some the Milwaukee concepts regarding assaults, apply the murder-book concept to assaults and increase coordination with prosecutors and probations officers. Deputy Chief Lewis also noted that even though narcotic-related arrests are down, there has been a significant increase in heroin and firearm recoveries. Detectives are focused on going after the right people, and not just after drugs.
Deputy Chief Lewis advised there were 25 drive by shootings in November 2019, compared to 24 at this time last year. Of the 25 drive by shootings in November, 98 victims were identified; six of the victims sustained injuries. There have been 383 drive by shootings year-to-date, compared to 393 at this time last year. Nine of the 2019 drive by shootings have resulted in homicides.
Deputy Chief Lewis advised there were 213 firearms recovered in November 2019. There have been 2,254 firearms recovered Department-wide year-to-date, compared to 2,205 at this time last year. In response to a question, Deputy Chief Lewis advised that recovered firearms are returned to their rightful owner or destroyed over time. Chief Smith added that in 2018, 342 firearms were recovered per 100,000 people in Chicago, Illinois; KCPD recovered 450 firearms per 100,000 people in 2018.
Deputy Chief Lewis thanked the men and women of KCPD for allowing him to have an amazing career. The thanked the Board for the challenges and their oversight. The Board wished Deputy Chief Lewis well in his retirement.
Administration Bureau. Director Linda Netzel introduced her successor, Kevin Winer. Mr. Winer has dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Honors Cellular and Molecular Biology and Chemistry from the University of Michigan. Mr. Winer currently serves as the Chief Criminalist Supervisor in the Trace Evidence Section of the Kansas City Police Crime Lab. Director Netzel congratulated Deputy Chiefs Lewis and Laningham on their retirement. Mr. Winer invited Commissioner Dean to tour the Crime Lab. He also wished Director Netzel well in her retirement, and thanked her for her supervision and mentorship over the years. The Board thanked Director Netzel for her service, and congratulated her on her retirement.
Deputy Chief Laningham spoke about a recruitment and law enforcement service that was held by Reverend John Miles at Morningstar Missionary Baptist Church. Members from the Department spoke with the community about KCPD careers and crime issues in their neighborhoods. She advised that a recruitment event will take place at Victorious Life Church on December 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. She thanked Commissioner Tolbert for his assistance with getting the event set up. There will be a recruitment piece featured on KPRS Radio station in the near future as well.
Deputy Chief Laningham spoke about the move of the Department’s Helicopter Unit to the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. In August 2016, the City Manager’s Office notified the Department of the need to relocate the Unit. Members from the Department, along with members from the City’s Aviation Department, began working with Wellner Architects to plan the move. The Helicopter Unit will now be housed in the renovated Hangar 5B. The renovation project is due out for bid in January 2020; $3 million has been allotted by the Aviation Department.
Deputy Chief Laningham noted that furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) are not included in the allotted $3 million. FF&E expenses are anticipated to cost $1.3 million - $1.5 million. Funding for FF&E expenses has not yet been identified.
In response to a question, Chief Smith advised that the Helicopter Unit assists other municipalities free of charge. KCPD and Missouri Highway Patrol are the only agencies in the area with helicopters. The Helicopter Unit’s assistance is requested by outside agencies two to three times a week minimum. The Board requested a report of the Unit’s activity, so they can understand its internal utility, along with assistance they provide to outside agencies.
Deputy Chief Laningham presented the Regional Criminalistics Division monthly statistics for December 2019. She advised that all trends are positive, with a majority of the Lab sections having a turnaround time of less than 30 days, and a very low number of cases pending analysis.
Deputy Chief Laningham presented the Human Resources Personnel Summary dated December 4, 2019. For this time period, Department strength is 1,321 sworn law enforcement and 556 career civilians. There are 68 members attending the Academy.
Deputy Chief Laningham thanked the Department and Board for the honor and privilege to work for KCPD for the last 29 years. The Board wished Deputy Chief Laningham well in her retirement.
Patrol Bureau. Deputy Chief Karl Oakman spoke about various community events that occurred over the last month throughout the Patrol Divisions. Deputy Chief Oakman presented the Monthly Crime Summary for October 2019. He advised that despite the increased homicide numbers in the City, the number of sexual assault offenses, assaults, thefts, burglaries, and property damages have decreased throughout the year.
Commissioner Garrett noted that self-initiated activity has considerably decreased from years past. Deputy Chief Oakman advised that self-initiated activity should start to increase in the near future because funding through a grant has allowed for 15 additional members to be added to the proactive impact squads. Currently, patrol resources are being tied up at homicide scenes and other violent crime scenes, and that is taking away from proactive patrol in those areas. Increasing the number of officers in the impact squads will allow for more officers to be involved in self-initiated activity. Despite the decrease in self-initiated activity, response times have remained steady. In response to a question from Commissioner Dean, Deputy Chief Oakman advised that disturbances and shootings are categorized as Priority 10 calls, whereas calls where there is no immediate threat are considered to be Priority 20 calls.
Deputy Chief Oakman presented the Traffic Summary for the month of November 2019. There were 13,328 citations issued Department-wide in November 2019. The average number of citations issued per traffic stop in the month of November, by members of the Traffic Enforcement Unit, was 1.56. There have been 148,895 citations issued year-to-date 2019. The Parking Control Section has issued 57,826 citations year-to-date 2019, compared to 31,385 at this same time last year. Interstate 435 at Holmes Road continues to be the City’s highest crash location. Total City-wide crashes to-date 2019 total 20,012 compared to 21,186 at this time last year. There have been 69 fatality motor vehicle accidents in to-date 2019, compared to 76 at this time last year; 80 percent of fatality crashes are males, and in 57 percent of the fatality crashes, there was no seatbelt used.
Office of General Counsel. General Counsel Jenny Atterbury presented the Private Officer Licensing Unit Monthly Report for November 2019. In the month of November, there were 36 private officer license suspensions, three license denials, and one license revocation.
Office of Community Complaints. Director Merrell Bennekin welcomed Commissioner Dean to the Board. Director Bennekin explained that he would be presenting OCC’s Quarterly Report in January. The OCC is looking into changing their methodology to provide a more accurate snapshot of their reports. Director Bennekin also mentioned that the OCC is taking steps to prepare for their presence in events revolving the 2020 election. Director Bennekin wished everyone a happy holiday season.
Commissioner Don Wagner. Commissioner Wagner expressed his thanks to Commissioner Shurin, Deputy Chief Laningham, Deputy Chief Lewis. He welcomed Commissioner Dean to the Board.
Commissioner Mark Tolbert. Commissioner Tolbert echoed Commissioner Wagner’s comments.
Secretary/Attorney David Kenner. Mr. Kenner advised the Board would hold elections at the meeting on January 14, 2020. Mr. Kenner wished everyone a happy holiday season.
Scheduled meetings.The Board of Police Commissioners of Kansas City, Missouri has scheduled the following meetings:
In Re: The Matter of Disciplinary Proceedings of: P.O. James Peeler #5706 January 24, 2020, 9:00 a.m., at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 1125 Locust, Kansas City.
January 14, 2020, 9:30 a.m., at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 1125 Locust, Kansas City.
February 18, 2020, 9:30 a.m., at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 1125 Locust, Kansas City.
March 10, 2020, 9:30 a.m., at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 1125 Locust, Kansas City.
April 14, 2020, 9:30 a.m., at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 1125 Locust, Kansas City.
May 12, 2020, 9:30 a.m., at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 1125 Locust, Kansas City.
June 16, 2020, 9:30 a.m., at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 1125 Locust, Kansas City.
A motion was made by Commissioner Tolbert, with a second by Commissioner Wagner, and by vote indicated below, to adjourn its open meeting at 12:30 p.m. and reconvene in closed session as provided in the following resolution. Following a roll call, the vote was 4-0 in favor.
WHEREAS, notice of the board meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners was given on January 16, 2019, and WHEREAS, said notice indicated that the Board of Police Commissioners might go into closed session during said meeting, and WHEREAS, notice of the closed meeting follows the guidelines of Section 610.020 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Police Commissioners go into closed session during the meeting being held on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 1125 Locust Street, Kansas City, for the purpose of discussing personnel matters, labor negotiations, and litigation matters.
The following Commissioners were present and voted to go into closed session as follows:
Commissioner Nathan Garrett - Aye Commissioner Don Wagner - Aye Commissioner Mark Tolbert - Aye Commissioner Cathy Dean - Aye
There being a quorum present and the question of holding a closed session having received an affirmative public vote of at least three (3) members, a closed meeting was held as set forth above.
Below are the votes from the closed session of the Board of Police Commissioners meeting on December 10, 2019:
The Board went into closed session at 11:41 a.m. Mayor Lucas had an excused absence.
1) Following a motion by Commissioner Tolbert and a second by Commissioner Dean, the Board voted to approve the application for continued employment of Police Officer Alan Roth. The vote was 4-0 in favor. Following polling, Commissioner Garrett voted Aye, Commissioner Dean voted Aye, Commissioner Tolbert voted Aye, and Commissioner Wagner voted Aye.
2) Following a motion by Commissioner Tolbert and a second by Commissioner Dean, the Board voted to approve the minutes of the closed session of the Board of Police Commissioners on November 19, 2019. The vote was 4-0 in favor. Following polling, Commissioner Garrett voted Aye, Commissioner Dean voted Aye, Commissioner Tolbert voted Aye, and Commissioner Wagner voted Aye.
3) Following a motion by Commissioner Tolbert and a second by Commissioner Wagner, the Board voted to go into special closed session. The vote was 4-0 in favor. Following polling, Commissioner Garrett voted Aye, Commissioner Dean voted Aye, Commissioner Tolbert voted Aye, and Commissioner Wagner voted Aye.
4) Following a motion by Commissioner Dean and a second by Commissioner Tolbert, the Board voted to come out of special closed session and adjourn. The vote was 4-0 in favor. Following polling, Commissioner Garrett voted Aye, Commissioner Dean voted Aye, Commissioner Tolbert voted Aye, and Commissioner Wagner voted Aye.