That question has caused Vice Mayor Bill Widmer to ask that a discussion of the matter by the City Council be postponed until City Attorney Bill Connors can do more research.
The council had planned to discuss on June 15 whether it should require that private donations to the police department be made anonymously, through the city manager or city attorney's office.
Mr. Widmer had noted that recent donations to the police department have raised concerns by some residents that the contributions "may result in favoritism."
Mr. Widmer, who made the request to place the matter on the council agenda, said a last-minute concern that a donation would be a public record — and therefore the donor legally could not remain anonymous — prompted him to ask that the discussion be postponed.
City Attorney Bill Connors will do further research and report on options for creating a structure, possibly a nonprofit foundation, to accept donations, Mr. Widmer said.