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Mayo administration opposes creation of crime committee

Posted: Updated: Jan 4, 2013 05:19 PM

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Up for discussion at Tuesday's city council meeting, is the creation of a committee to study crime in the city. Councilman Ray Armstrong is hoping this new group can gather crime statistics to work better with Monroe city police.

But Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo opposes the idea saying it violates the city charter. He released the following statement about it:

"Public Safety remains a continued focus area of my administration. That is evident by our commitment to provide our police personnel with new and enhanced equipment, improved facilities and better wages. We have also initiated an effort for our police department to attain national accreditation. However, it is most evident by the annual crime reports that have shown a steady decline in overall crime for the past several years.

For the past few years, members of the Monroe City Council have joined me, and my department heads, to participate in multiple community meetings where we discuss city projects & goals, as well as neighborhood issues and concerns. Furthermore, Police Chief Quentin Holmes holds multiple community meetings each year to specifically address crime, neighborhood watch programs, our Business Watch program, community policing, and engage with citizens to hear their concerns and issues with crime and the police department.

The resolution submitted by Councilman Armstrong, to establish a review committee to study crime in the City of Monroe, is not one that my administration supports because it is an unnecessary duplication of an internal process already in effect; and, more importantly…it violates the role of the city council-as defined by our own City Charter. Such a committee would obviously be formed to help direct the Police Department efforts. This is clearly an administrative function, not a legislative function.

NOTE: On page six (6) of the Home Rule Charter for the City of Monroe, Section 2-06 Prohibitions (B), states, "Except as provided elsewhere in this charter neither the council nor any of its members shall involve themselves in the manner in the appointment, removal, direction or supervision of any City administrative officer or employee."

The purpose of the "crime review committee" would be to help direct the police department in methods of operations it should implement to address crime in the City of Monroe. This clearly violates the Home Rule Charter."--Mayor Jamie Mayo, City of Monroe.

Armstrong will also be introducing an ordinance to rescind the current sewage rate increase. Armstrong plans to start with a clean slate and rebuild the sewage ordinance addressing issues like delinquent bill collection and water conservation.

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