Earlier this month, the Springfield Police Department promoted two sergeants to the rank of lieutenant. One has already retired, able to earn a higher pension because of the promotion.
Under state law, retiring police officers are allowed to collect pension benefits based on rank for their last day of employment.
Springfield Alderman Joe McMenamin says a lieutenant retiring at a rank he never served is quote 'offensive.' He says the public doesn't appreciate a "revolving door of promotions right before retirement.”
Springfield aldermen have unanimously approved the hiring of Kenny Winslow as the city's police chief. Winslow has been in the role since last summer, when he took over after the resignation of Robert Williams. But his hiring on a permanent basis was delayed last night as council members questioned him in private for more than half an hour. An internet site had raised issues about how Winslow might restructure the department. Mayor Mike Houston says aldermen wanted to hear from Winslow:
The City of Springfield could be close to settling a lawsuit over destruction of police records. Springfield Mayor Mike Houston has filed an ordinance that would settle the case for $102,964.10.
Aldermen could vote on it Tuesday night. The proposal says Calvin Christian, who filed the suit, would receive about $30,000 while his attorneys would get much of the remainder. Christian took the city to court after documents he had sought under the Freedom of Information Act were destroyed. The city would admit no wrongdoing under the deal.
Springfield Mayor Mike Houston says he's gathering more information about events last month that triggered allegations that the city destroyed files sought in a Freedom of Information Act Request.
Attorneys for Springfield resident Calvin Christian say the police department violated a state public records retention law last month by destroying dozens of internal affairs files subject to a FOIA request filed by Christian.