JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown City Council voted 8-1 Monday evening to table a resolution calling for the elimination of the Director of Public Safety for the City.
Several members of the Council, including Councilwoman Marie Carrubba (D, Ward IV), had many questions regarding the potential impact that the elimination would have on the City’s operation. If the resolution would’ve passed, a Fire Chief position would’ve been established separately from the Police Chief role.
Carrubba says she doesn’t believe the move is necessary due to past success.
“Given the state of our budget and the fact that we’re looking at a deficit already, I don’t think it’d be prudent to take this measure,” Carrubba said. “It has been working fine for the last many years under (former Chief Harry) Snellings and I would expect the same to continue under Chief (Tim) Jackson.”
Ward V Councilman Grant Olson, the only person who voted against tabling the matter, asked how the resolution would affect the Police Chief salary if passed. Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist says that the salary would be adjusted to account for the fact that the Police Chief would no longer receive a stipend that they get while serving as the Director of Public Safety.
Officials say the resolution could still be discussed in January. Because the resolution involves a potential change to a law, the only way for the Council to vote on the matter in January is to file a letter of necessity.
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