MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS MEETING TUESDAY, JULY 9, 2019
A meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners of Kansas City, Missouri was held on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 1125 Locust Street, Kansas City.
PRESENT: Commissioner Nathan Garrett, President Commissioner Leland M. Shurin, Vice-President Commissioner Don Wagner, Treasurer Commissioner Mark Tolbert, Member Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James, Jr., Member Mr. David V. Kenner, Secretary/Attorney Richard C. Smith, Chief of Police
This meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by Commissioner Garrett. Sergeant Jonathan Rivers led the Pledge of Allegiance. Chaplain William Fox provided the invocation.
Awards and Commendations. Board Resolution 19-01 was presented to Honorable Sylvester “Sly” James, Jr. to express the Board of Police Commissioners’ sincere gratitude and genuine appreciation for his service, leadership, and tireless efforts to promote good governance and public safety, as he faithfully served the citizens of Kansas City, Missouri as Mayor for the last eight years.
The Meritorious Service Award was presented to Sergeant Michael Vulje. For nearly half of his career, Sergeant Vulje was assigned to the Accident Investigation Unit (AIU), investigating fatality and serious injury car crashes city-wide. As an officer in AIU, Vulje was called to hundreds of car accidents at all hours of the day and night and in varying weather conditions, none of which prevented him from performing the most meticulous investigations for the citizens of the City. He also participated in several traffic-related assignments, such as V.I.P. visits, crowd control and funeral details whenever called upon.
Sergeant Vulje attended well over a thousand hours of rigorous training specific to being an accident investigator. Most of the training was spent out-of-town, away from his family for a week or more at a time. All courses must be passed to complete the training, and Sergeant Vulje not only passed, but excelled in each course.
In 2011, Sergeant Vulje gained membership into the prestigious Accreditation Association for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR), becoming a true professional in his field. This certification is highly sought after, as it is internationally recognized as the industry standard for all reconstructions. Upon passing the challenging ACTAR exam, Sergeant Vulje became the third KCPD officer to do so.
In the years spent at AIU , Sergeant Vulje became a mentor to others in his field, and was considered an expert witness in the courts. His detailed work with reconstructing car crashed has led to numerous criminal convictions. He has also been relied upon to teach basic accident reconstruction to police recruits and at the Citizen’s Police Academy. In preparation to become a sergeant, Vulje transferred out of AIU shortly before being promoted. He is now assigned to Central Patrol Division Watch III.
The Meritorious Service Award was presented to Civilians Danny Crockett, Larry Henderson and Stephen Hoskins. In February 2016, Manager Steve Hoskins and Dispatchers Danny Crockett and Larry Henderson were assigned to the CAD Project Implement Team. Their goal was to implement new dispatch software using the Hexagon Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and the Mobile for Public Safety System (MPS). The software is designed to integrate capabilities for call handling and dispatching, intelligent mapping, field communications, data reporting and analysis, and application integration.
They worked closely with Hexagon employees for over a year, not only configuring from scratch the software to fit best with what KCPD needed, but also learning to become CAD administrators. Working for over a year, on top of their regular duties and taking multiple training courses to learn CAD, meant working over 500 hours of overtime between the three of them. They also had to learn how to support and manage the new 15 CAD system servers.
Dispatchers Crockett and Henderson, along with Manager Hoskins, were also tasked with training all current Communications Unit personnel and their new-hires on the new CAD and MPS system. During the “go-live” period beginning May 5, 2017, these three single-handedly were available 24/7 for the first two-weeks of use by KCPD employees. They adjusted their work schedules, and again worked overtime to be available for any questions.
The Certificates of Commendation were presented to Captain Gideon Cody, Sergeant Jason Childers and Officers Andrew Bartlett and Gary Coots; the Certificates of Appreciation were presented to Independence Police Department Sergeants Roger Blackmore and John Howe, and Officers Brendan Buchanan, Tom Burchfield, Josh Canterbury, Kyle Ford, Katherine Gentile, JT Hand, Zach Hankins, Darren McIntosh, Jeffery Short, Michelle Sumstad and Dave Wehlerman; and the Certificates of Appreciation were presented to Sugar Creek Police Department Chief Chris Soule, Detective Tom Butkovich, and Officers Nicole Amer, Victor Contreras and Garrett Holman.
Officers Gary Coots and Andrew Bartlett were dispatched to a call of an armed suicidal man on October 31, 2018, at approximately 6:00 a.m., in the 800 block of Lewis Avenue. The officers spotted the man’s vehicle stopped at the intersection of Independence and Lewis avenues. They turned on their lights to stop the vehicle, and instead the driver got out of the vehicle holding a semi-automatic hand gun with an extended magazine. The officers ordered him to drop the weapon. After several minutes of negotiating, the man got back in the car with his gun and fled the scene.
The officers pursued the man through the city of Independence and into Sugar Creek with the assistance from the members of the police departments in those cities. The man stopped at Scarritt Avenue and Forest Street in Sugar Creek. Independence officers began speaking to the man through their car’s public address system. The man stayed inside his car, refusing to come out. After about ten minutes, the man took off in his vehicle again.
The man continued north on Forest Street, where he struck stop sticks deployed by Independence officers. He stopped his vehicle in a nearby intersection. At that point, KCPD Captain Cody and Independence Sergeant Howe began to negotiate with the man. During the course of their discussion, the man got in and out of his car several times, as well as picked up and sat down his gun several times.
The KCPD officers informed all of the officers on scene that they would shoot a bean-bag round at the man if given the opportunity. After about 25 minutes of negotiations, they got the chance and took it. The man was hit with four bean-bag rounds, causing him to drop the gun and fall to the ground. They were able to take him into custody with no further incident. Because of all of the officers’ actions that day, no one was seriously injured.
The Purple Heart was presented to Detective Ricky Ropka for suffering a serious injury in the line of duty. Detective Ropka and one of his fellow detectives in the South Property Crimes Section were traveling to Headquarters to conduct an interview on November 24, 2016, when they heard a call come out on their radio of an armed robbery nearby. They changed their plans and chose to go help patrol officers search the area for the suspect.
Sure enough, they saw the suspect vehicle crash near 87th and Blue Ridge.
A suspect took off running from the wrecked car. The detectives began running after him across 87th Street. At that time, another KCPD vehicle responding to help apprehend the suspect struck Detective Ropka. The other South Property Crimes Detective was able to catch the suspect, but Detective Ropka was badly injured.
He suffered two broken legs, extensive damage to his hip and knee, a concussion and numerous other injuries. Two and a half years later, he continues to recover. All of this was because he chose to go above and beyond to apprehend an armed robbery suspect.
The Board took a recess at 9:45 a.m. The meeting resumed at 10:04 a.m. Chief Smith introduced members of the Youth Academy that were present at today’s meeting.
Annual Audit Presentation. Mr. Michael Keenan, Cochran Head Vick & Co., presented the annual audit for the year ending April 30, 2019. The audit reflects that the Department complied in all material respects with the finance-related laws and regulations that govern their operations. No illegal acts were discovered, no difficulties or disagreements with management occurred, and full access to books and records was given. Mr. Keenan thanked all Department Fiscal Unit members for their assistance during the audit.
Councilperson Alissia Canady. Councilperson Canady advised that this would be her last Board meeting since her Council term ends on August 1, 2019. She spoke about all the changes that have happened during her time on the Council, but reiterated that there are still improvements needed to solve issues within the City, such as identifying jail space and increased communication with community members.
She also spoke about the Resolution that is currently before the Council. The Resolution details a public process to work collaboratively with Police Department on long range (five year) budgetary issues, whether it be staffing or large expenditures such as technology, staffing, or buildings, to improve public safety in the City. Councilperson Canady believes the Resolution is needed because the Department is its own independent entity with needs of its own, and is not subject to the City Manager’s direction.
Councilperson Canady thanked the Board and Department for engaging in public safety discussions and initiatives during her term as a Councilperson.
Chief of Police Richard C. Smith. Chief Smith held a moment of silence for two active KCPD members, Civilian Marcell Taylor and Police Officer Dennis Coates, who passed away earlier this month unexpectedly.
Chief Smith spoke about a recruitment/retention study and Department member survey that was conducted by the Dolan Consulting Group. The Dolan Consulting Group will present the study findings at the Board meeting on October 22, 2019.
Chief Smith advised that the Department had a very busy Fourth of July weekend. In addition to the typical Fourth of July festivities, the airshow was held at the Downtown Airport, where approximately 20,000 people gathered; the Department was able to facilitate the exodus of the entire crowd within 48 minutes. Large crowds also gathered at KC Riverfest in Berkley Riverfront Park. Chief Smith noted that these events take a lot of resources and manpower, but advised that all of the events were successful and Department members did an outstanding job.
Chief Smith advised that the results from the Citizen Satisfaction Survey show KCPD to be favorable in the City. The City Manager’s Office will present the survey results at the Board meeting on August 20, 2019.
Public Comments. Mr. Howard Brummett stated that he had concerns with the Department and wished to meet with Commissioner Garrett and Chief Smith privately.
Latahra Smith of KC Freedom Project, Annetta Authorlee and Rashanda Croffer spoke on behalf of the family of Mac Jones. Mr. Jones went missing on July 2, 2019. The family attempted to file a missing persons report with the Department, and were told that Mr. Jones did not meet the criteria for a missing person. The family advised that Department members refused to take a report or assist in the search of Mr. Jones. Mr. Jones was found deceased in his car on July 6, 2019. Mr. Jones’ family expressed their concerns with the way they were treated by Department members and the Department’s missing persons policy. Commissioner Shurin advised the family to file a complaint with the Office of Community Complaints, so that this incident can be investigated. He also asked General Counsel Jenny Atterbury to review the Department’s missing persons policy, and to verify that it is in-line with State law.
Mr. John Sharp, President of the South Kansas City Alliance, thanked Chief Smith and Detective Kevin Boehm for attending the Annual Crimestoppers meeting. Chief Smith and Detective Boehm spoke about initiatives to reduce violent crime in the City. There were approximately 100 people in attendance at the Crimestoppers meeting. He also thanked Chief Smith for his leadership in securing the increase of the TIPS reward to $25,000. Mr. Sharp thanked the Department, Board and the City for the community outreach initiatives taking place throughout the City.
Approval of minutes. A motion was made by Mayor James, with a second by Commissioner Tolbert, to approve the minutes of the open meeting on June 11, 2019, and the Audit Committee meeting on June 27, 2019. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
Fraternal Order of Police. Sergeant Brad Lemon spoke about the successful groundbreaking ceremony for the Law Enforcement Memorial Garden at the Shoal Creek Patrol Division. He thanked the Department and the donors for the work they put in that allowed for construction of the Memorial Garden. There will be a fundraising lunch for the Memorial Garden on July 19, 2019.
On July 12, 2019, the FOP will partner once again with the Parks and Recreation Department, to host the Teddy Bear Picnic at Roanoke Park.
Sergeant Lemon thanked Mayor James for his dedication and service to the City and Department.
Executive Services Bureau.Deputy Chief Mark Francisco presented the following items for Board approval:
a. Midwest HIDTA Investigative Support Center MOU. A memorandum dated June 25, 2019, was presented to recommend approval of the Midwest HIDTA Investigative Support Center Memorandum of Understanding and Award #G19MW0003A in the amount of $446,173.00. The time period for the award is January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020. The award is 100% federally funded, and it’s the 22nd year of funding.
A motion was made by Mayor James, with a second by Commissioner Shurin, to approve the Midwest HIDTA Investigative Support Center MOU and Award #G19MW0003A in the amount of $446,173.00. The vote was 5-0 in favor. b. Sole Source Purchase of BrassTrax for CGIC. A memorandum dated June 24, 2019, was presented to approve the sole source purchase of an Integrated Ballistic Identification System (IBIS®) TRAX-HD3D (BrassTrax) machine from Forensic Technology at a total cost of $198,967.00. The purchase is 100% federally funded by the CGIC Grant, and must be installed by the end of the grant period on September 30, 2020.
A motion was made by Commissioner Shurin, with a second by Mayor James, to approve the sole source purchase of IBIS ® BrassTrax at a total cost of $198,967.00. The motion was 5-0 in favor.
c. Budget Transfers for Fiscal Year 2019-20. A memorandum dated June
27, 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 Mayor James, with a second by Commissioner Tolbert, to approve the budget transfers as presented. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
Deputy Chief Francisco provided an update on the Communications Unit. He
advised that the Communications Unit is currently staffed with 97 members, leaving nine vacant positions. A class of six call takers will begin next week. The 911 hold time for the month of June 2019 was 24 seconds, compared to 20 seconds in May 2019 and 27 seconds in June 2018. He advised the call volume is trending up from last year.
Professional Development and Research Bureau.Deputy Chief Robert Kuehl presented the Academy Class Summary for July 2019. Deputy Chief Kuehl spoke about the increased amount of resignations of recruits at the Academy. He advised that a majority of the resignations happen in the first 11 days of training. According to the exit interviews conducted, the resignations are due to a lack of mental and/or physical preparation despite the Department’s efforts to prepare recruits before they begin training. Deputy Chiefs Kuehl and Laningham are discussing ways to improve retention.
In response to a question from Commissioner Tolbert, Deputy Chief Kuehl advised that he will supply the Board with copies of the exit interviews. Deputy Chief Laningham advised that a majority of members resigning from their police officer candidate (recruit) positions are offered civilian positions on the Department. Commissioner Shurin noted that the percentage of minority candidates have increased in the most recent Academy classes.
Deputy Chief Kuehl spoke about Camp Fury for women. Camp Fury is an initiative designed to attract females to first responder careers. KCPD and KCFD are participating in this initiative.
Deputy Chief Kuehl presented the following consent agenda item for approval:
a. Project #1188: Title VI Compliance Plan/Policy
A motion was made by Mayor James, with a second by Commissioner Shurin, to approve the consent agenda item as presented. The vote was 5-0.
Investigations Bureau. Deputy Chief Roger Lewis presented the Investigations Bureau report for June 2019. He advised that to-date in 2019, there have been 73 homicides, compared to 63 at this time last year. Eight homicides have occurred so far this month, three of which occurring within a ten-hour time span. Those three homicides are not expected to be related.
There were 64 non-fatal shootings in June 2019, compared to 47 in May 2019 and 38 in June 2018. To-date in 2019, there have been 262 living shooting victims identified, compared to 229 at this time last year. There have been 16 living shooting victims identified so far in July 2019, compared to 15 at this time last year.
Deputy Chief Lewis spoke about a rolling gun battle over the weekend that involved nine different guns. There were over 60 shell casings located, and the incident resulted in a homicide. Mayor James urged the adoption of stricter gun control laws in the State. He blames the rise in homicides and gun violence in the City on Missouri law. Commissioner Shurin echoed Mayor James statements.
Deputy Chief Lewis advised that the Department will have its first $25,000 TIPS Hotline payout for a tip that solved a homicide case. He spoke about the Gang Intelligence Squad developing, implementing and executing a funeral detail related to a homicide in the 1500 block of Oakley. While conducting surveillance on the detail, two suspects arrived at the funeral home and were taken into custody. Deputy Chief Lewis advised that it is not typical practice for the Department to surveil and arrest people at funerals, however, these suspects needed to be taken into custody at that time. In response to a question, he advised that the suspects were attending the funeral of the victim they killed.
Deputy Chief Lewis advised that Patrol Bureau possession of narcotics arrests have increased by 19 percent this year, narcotics related arrests decreased by 42 percent, and narcotics purchases decreased by 20 percent. Methamphetamine recovered increased by 13 percent, marijuana recovered decreased by 76 percent, heroin recovered increased by 405 percent, prescription pills and opiates recovered increased by 241 percent, and the number of firearms recovered this year decreased by 14 percent.
There were 41 drive by shootings in June 2019, compared to 38 at this time last year. There has been 228 drive by shootings year-to-date. There have been 104 victims identified, 14 of which were injured.
Administration Bureau. Deputy Chief Sharon Laningham presented a slideshow of pictures from the East Patrol Division Youth Academy. Twenty-one youth children attended the EPD session of Youth Academy on June 17-21, 2019.
Deputy Chief Laningham presented the Regional Criminalistics Division monthly statistics for July 2019 and the Human Resources Personnel Summary dated July 3, 2019. For this time period, Department strength is 1,313 sworn law enforcement and 559 career civilians. She noted that a class of seven laterals began the Academy on July 1, 2019, from the following departments: Missouri State Highway Patrol, Kansas City, Kansas Police Department, Olathe Police Department and Lenexa Police Department.
In reference to the Regional Criminalistics Division monthly statistics, Deputy Chief Laningham advised that backlog continues to decrease in all areas of the Lab, except DNA. She also advised that the Human Resources Division is reviewing applications and conducting background checks on nation-wide applicants for the anticipated Regional Crime Lab Director position. Human Resources will be conducting interviews in the very near future. Director Linda Netzel will retire later this year.
Deputy Chief Laningham advised that the Department’s Helicopter Section is being moved to the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. The City has leased Hangar 5B for the Department’s Helicopter Section. The Department has been working with Wellner Architects for approximately six months to develop a floor plan for the space. The space will be renovated, and is not a new building structure. Deputy Chief Laningham advised that the renovations and move of the Helicopter Section is expected to be complete in late 2020.
Patrol Bureau. Deputy Chief Karl Oakman spoke about various community events that occurred over the last month in the Patrol Divisions. He also presented the Monthly Offense Report for May 2019. He advised that Part One crimes and property crimes, with the exception of stealing crimes, are down from previous months. There was a slight increase on response times in the past month. Deputy Chief Oakman stated that this plays hand-in-hand with the increase 911 hold times, however, the hold and response times have improved greatly since 2017.
Deputy Chief Oakman presented the Traffic Summary for the month of June 2019. There have been 83,754 total citations issued to-date 2019, compared to 77,260 at this time last year. Deputy Chief Oakman advised that citations issued through The Thin Blue Line software are included in these statistics. Commissioner Garrett requested a categorization of hazardous (moving) vs. non-hazardous (non-moving) violations, and the number of citations per stop. The Department’s Parking Control Section issued 7,476 citations in June 2019. Intersection 435 at Holmes Road continues to be the City’s highest crash location. Total City-wide crashes to-date 2019 total 10,602, compared to 11,170 at this time last year. There have been 32 fatality motor vehicle accidents in to-date 2019, compared to 37 at this time last year.
Deputy Chief Oakman advised that on June 26, 2019, the Department stopped housing arrests in the Jackson County Detention Center. Twenty-five beds were secured at Heartland Behavioral Center for in-custody arrests. State warrant arrests are currently being housed at East Patrol, South Patrol, and Shoal Creek Patrol. Once the state warrant arrests are charged, they are relocated to the appropriate county. Deputy Chief Oakman advised that the Department is looking to hire an additional 12 detention facility officers to assist with the future jail expansion. The Department is also looking to start housing arrests at Metro Patrol in the future.
Office of General Counsel. General Counsel Jenny Atterbury presented the following Private Officer License appeal:
a. Private Officer License Appeal, Mr. Tyrone M. Bland. A memorandum dated June 26, 2019, was presented to recommend the denial of the unarmed private security license of Mr. Tyrone Bland. The basis of the revocation is outlined in Title 17 of the Code of State Regulations, Section 10-2.050(3)(O), which stipulates in part that an applicant applying for a license under these provisions must meet these standards and may be denied if he/she has, “provided other facts or actions which demonstrate that the applicant is unsuitable or ineligible for license.” Mr. Bland was suspended on September 7, 2018, after it was alleged that while employed by Securitas, he pawned the firearm that he was issued by the company.
A motion was made by Mayor James, with a second by Commissioner Shurin, to defer Mr. Bland’s appeal until a decision is made in his criminal case. Mr. Bland’s private security license will remain suspended until the Board can review the disposition of Mr. Bland’s charges from the Prosecuting Attorney. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
Office of Community Complaints. Executive Director Merrell Bennekin introduced the Office of Community Complaints’ summer intern, Devin Winters. Mr. Winters would like to become a police officer in the future.
Secretary/Attorney David V. Kenner.Mr. David Kenner advised that it is time to hold elections for the following Board positions: President, Vice President and Treasurer.
A motion was made by Commissioner Tolbert, with a second by Mayor James, that Commissioner Garrett will remain President, Commissioner Shurin will remain Vice President, and Commissioner Wagner will remain as Treasurer. The vote was 5-0 in favor.
Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James. Mayor James stated that he was honored to serve as Mayor and member of the Board of Police Commissioners for the past eight years. He expressed his appreciation for the members of the KCPD for the daily sacrifices they make for the safety of the citizens of the City. He also thanked the Board and Department members for wearing bowties to today’s meeting in his honor.
Commissioner Mark Tolbert. Commissioner Tolbert thanked Mayor James for his time and service to the City, and wished him great success in his future endeavors. Commissioner Tolbert stated that he was honored to serve on the Board with Mayor James.
Commissioner Don Wagner. Commissioner Wagner echoed Commissioner Tolbert’s comments about Mayor James.
Commissioner Leland Shurin. Commissioner Shurin presented a draft copy of the Private Officer Licensing Regulations. Commissioner Wagner asked to defer the vote until the meeting on August 20, 2019, to further review the suggested changes.
Commissioner Shurin thanked Mayor James for his service, and wished him well in his future endeavors. Commissioner Shurin also thanked Northland Neighborhoods, Inc. for their donation of $38,920.00, for the purchase of six automated license plate readers to be used in neighborhood intersections.
The Board of Police Commissioners of Kansas City, Missouri has scheduled the following meetings:
In Re: The Matter of Disciplinary Proceedings of P.O. Daniel Straub #5211
THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CONTINUED FROM ITS CURRENT SETTING OF MAY 10, 2019, AND WILL BE RESET FOR A FUTURE DATE TO BE DETERMINED BY THE BOARD.
August 20, 2019, 9:30 a.m., at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 1125 Locust, Kansas City.
September 17, 2019, 9:30 a.m., at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 1125 Locust, Kansas City.
October 22, 2019, 9:30 a.m., at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 1125 Locust, Kansas City.
November 19, 2019, 9:30 a.m., at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 1125 Locust, Kansas City.
December 10, 2019, 9:30 a.m., at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 1125 Locust, Kansas City.
A motion was made by Mayor James, with a second by Commissioner Shurin, and by vote indicated below, to adjourn its open meeting at 12:00 p.m. and reconvene in closed session as provided in the following resolution. Following a roll call, the vote was 5-0 in favor.
WHEREAS, notice of the board meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners was given on August 24, 2018, 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, July 9, 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 Leland Shurin - Aye Commissioner Don Wagner - Aye Commissioner Mark Tolbert - Aye Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James, Jr. - 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 July 9, 2019:
The Board went into closed session at 12:19 p.m.
1) Following a motion by Mayor James and a second by Commissioner Tolbert, the Board voted to approve the renewal of RFP 2017-8, the lease of vehicles for covert operations. The vote was 5-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Garrett voted Aye, Commissioner Shurin voted Aye, Commissioner Tolbert voted Aye, and Commissioner Wagner voted Aye.
2) Following a motion by Mayor James and a second by Commissioner Shurin, the Board voted to approve the applications for continued employment of Civilian Michelle Nordyke, Reserve Sergeant Edward Mulloy, and Reserve Patrol Officer Richard Cartwright. The vote was 5-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Garrett voted Aye, Commissioner Shurin voted Aye, Commissioner Tolbert voted Aye, and Commissioner Wagner voted Aye.
3) Following a motion by Mayor James and a second by Commissioner Tolbert, the Board voted to approve the minutes of the closed session of the Board of Police Commissioners on June 11, 2019. The vote was 5-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Garrett voted Aye, Commissioner Shurin voted Aye, Commissioner Tolbert voted Aye, and Commissioner Wagner voted Aye.
4) Following a motion by Mayor James and a second by Commissioner Tolbert, the Board voted to approve the contract renewal of David V. Kenner/Levy Craig Law Firm, as Secretary and Attorney for the Board of Police Commissioners, with a 5% ($2,000) annual increase. The vote was 5-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Garrett voted Aye, Commissioner Shurin voted Aye, Commissioner Tolbert voted Aye, and Commissioner Wagner voted Aye.
5) Following a motion by Mayor James and a second by Commissioner Tolbert, the Board voted to go into special closed session to discuss personnel matters. The vote was 5-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Garrett voted Aye, Commissioner Shurin voted Aye, Commissioner Tolbert voted Aye, and Commissioner Wagner voted Aye.
6) Following a motion by Commissioner Shurin and a second by Commissioner Tolbert, the Board voted to come out of special closed session and adjourn. The vote was 5-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted Aye, Commissioner Garrett voted Aye, Commissioner Shurin voted Aye, Commissioner Tolbert voted Aye, and Commissioner Wagner voted Aye.