As chairperson of the Personnel Review Commission, and with the concurrence of my Democratic council colleagues, I am advising you that at this time and for the following reasons the October 4 Common Council agenda item resolution 9-2 “approving confirming the appointment of Gregory Sneed as Deputy Chief of Police” is NOT in order and is NOT properly placed before the Common Council:
1. At the Tuesday, September 21 meeting of the Personnel Review Commission, I ruled, as chairperson of the commission, that the commission would move forward with the resolution9-1 dealing with the Chief of Police nomination, and the commission would vet and act on the Deputy Chief position at some future date after the Common Council has acted on the Mayor’s nomination for Chief of Police. The committee did review and act on resolution 9-1 dealing with the Mayor’s nominee, Patrick McMahon, Chief of Police. The committee took NO action on and did NOT review the proposed resolution 9-2 “approving confirming the appointment of Gregory Sneed as Deputy Chief of Police”.
2. Placing resolution 9-2 our October 4th meeting agenda violates the special rules and procedures of the council that were adopted at our organizational meeting of November 17, 2009, and in particular,
Section I. Agenda and General Meeting Procedures # 3.:
“Any proposed resolutions and ordinances must be reviewed by the appropriate committee and/or commission before being included on the agenda. Items that have been through committee and/or commission shall have a line at the bottom of the resolution indicating the date it went through committee and a statement as to the financial impact of the action on the City’s general fund and future indebtedness. The Clerk of the Council shall ensure that each resolution shall have these statements prior to submittal to the council.
In case of an emergency where an item cannot go through committee and/or commission, an individual member of the Council may sponsor the item or the item may come through the Mayor’s office.”
3. The city has NOT declared a vacancy for the office of Deputy Chief of Police. There has been NO posting or advertising of this position.
4. The City did declare a vacancy for the office of Chief of police. It was properly posted, and advertised. Applications were reviewed and candidates were selected and tested. The Mayor made his nomination and has asked for the Common Council’s confirmation. The nominee was vetted at the September 21 of the Personnel Review Commission. Resolution 9-1 was properly reviewed and discussed by the commission.
Submitted by Councilman Vincent J. Loffredo
Chair of the Personnel Review Commission and with the concurrence of the Democratic members of the Common Council