Our Mayor has almost unlimited authority to change the policies of our city, and hire and fire people, including police officers, at his discretion for the betterment of our city. The problem is that our city employees are like a fraternity. They don’t want to report problems or bad employees for fear of being ostracized or retaliated against. No one should have to pay a personal price for doing the right thing. We need a truly anonymous way for issues to be reported. That would allow good and caring people to really make a difference.
The Chicopee Police Contract seems to allow the Mayor to do whatever he deems necessary. We are getting a new one. Let’s vote smart, and cross our fingers.
According to the Chicopee Police Contract:
Article 19, page 27