The details of this 28-page contract were made available to the public only a few days before the vote at the Jan. 13 council meeting. Some of these council members justify their fast-tracking of this vote by saying that they were merely following through on a commitment made to the sergeants in April of last year, when a similarly generous contract was approved for the police department's line officers.
Really? When was the public informed of that previous commitment to the sergeants? There is certainly no record of it in council minutes from last April, and in fact, the public first heard of it only after the vote two weeks ago. These four council members all campaigned on platforms of "transparent decision making", and yet, when it comes time for a controversial vote desired by groups that supported their campaigns, they conceal decisions made months ago, and allow only the barest minimum of public review.
Their claimed embrace of transparent governance is selective and insincere.
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