Alderman Witkowski releases City Attorney opinion on FPC’s inadequate notice in appointing new police chief
"Board members have repeatedly said they want to act independently, but that does not free them from obeying state statutes governing meeting notices."
Alderman Terry L. Witkowski today released an April 20, 2018, opinion of the office of the City Attorney (attached) stating that the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners failed to post adequate notice when it appointed Mr. Alfonso Morales to the position of chief of police.
The opinion states that the notice of the April 5, 2018, board meeting failed all three tests a court would use in determining whether the notice was adequate and therefore, “…a court would likely determine that the agenda item indicating the Term of the Acting/Interim Chief of Police would be discussed was inadequate notice of the fact that a Chief of Police would be appointed.”
“Chief Morales has a difficult task before him,” Ald. Witkowski said, “and it’s unfortunate that the Board chose to begin his tenure in such an irregular way.”
“Board members have repeatedly said they want to act independently, but that does not free them from obeying state statutes governing meeting notices,” he said.
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