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Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2003 02:20 pm

One more detail

There were more questions than answers when the City Council subcommittee taking public comment on a proposed citizen police review board held its final meeting Monday night. While the Council is generally supportive of the concept, the subcommittee is still pondering nuts-and-bolts details: how many members the Police Community Review Commission needs, whether a law-enforcement representative should be included in the mix, and what, if any, budget should be allotted for the board.

But there's an even bigger question yet to be debated: Who will be in charge of this board?

Mayor Tim Davlin's reorganization plan calls for this board to be overseen by the city's new Inspector General -- one of two cabinet-level positions he has not yet filled. Davlin recently announced a hiring freeze, and said that the freeze included these cabinet positions.

All other city boards and commissions -- including the Civil Service Commission, the Economic Development Council, Planning and Zoning and the Liquor Commission --fall under the jurisdiction of Letitia Dewith-Anderson, whose title was changed from Chief of Staff to Executive Assistant to the Mayor under Davlin's reorganization plan.

However, Dewith-Anderson says this particular board is separate.

"Boards and commissions are under me, but they're staffed by individual agencies," she says. "The citizens review board will fall under the inspector general."

And what if the board is established before an inspector general is installed? "We'll cross that bridge when we come to it," Dewith-Anderson says.

Davlin was out of town and not available for comment.

Ernie Slottag, the city's director of communications, suggested the City Council could decide who will oversee the PCRC.

"I think that has to be part of the plan, where does it fall," Slottag says. "The existing ones are [under Dewith-Anderson]. This may be different, or it may not be."

 

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