Phoenix Law Enforcement Association

PLEA Board and Citizens Silenced

On Tuesday, April 28, 2009, the PLEA Board attended the Public Safety Sub-committee Meeting held at the City Hall building.

PLEA intended to deliver a prepared statement to the Sub-committee enumerating numerous concerns with the current state of affairs on the Police Department.

PLEA in it’s prepared statement also asked the City Council to simply follow the City Ordinance by giving us a Police Chief as specified by law.

In addition to the PLEA Board, the meeting was also attended by numerous citizens, numerous media outlets, and as well as other Public Safety Officials.

After waiting for over two hours to be heard, The PLEA Board was prepared to address the Public Safety Sub-Committee but was unable to do so when Committee Chair Claude Mattox stated that PLEA’s concerns centered around personnel issues which would have to be taken up directly with City Manager Frank Fairbanks.  Councilman Mattox then abruptly adjourned the meeting even though other citizens wished to be heard.

The PLEA Board then met with the media for a brief press conference in front of the City Hall building in order to openly state concerns on behalf of the membership.

PLEA along with it’s legal counsel belives that Councilman Mattox violated the states open meeting law and is proceeding accordingly.

PLEA is in the process of scheduling a meeting with City Manager Frank Fairbanks to address issues that are negatively impacting our members.

Click on the links to the right to read the prepared statement given to the sub-committee and the media along with City job descriptions for Public Safety Manager, Police Chief and the City Ordinance that requires a Chief of Police.

CLICK HERE to read the prepared statement from the PLEA Board.

CLICK HERE to read the City Ordinance that requires Phoenix to have a Chief of Police.

CLICK HERE to read the City of Phoenix job description for Public Safety Manager.

CLICK HERE to read the City of Phoenix job description for Chief of Police.

CLICK HERE to read the state statute governing open meetings.

Listen! to KFYI reporter Greg Paul’s recording of the close of the Public Safety Sub-Committee Meeting.

Listen! to the close of the Public Safety Sub-Committee Meeting along with follow on comments from PLEA President Mark Spencer.