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March 19, 2013

City stumpers address public safety issues

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NORMAN —

Kempf took a different turn and said that not all police officers are well informed of laws.

Distrust between labor and management:

Questions about a feeling of distrust between labor and management were also raised during the forum. There was also discussion about a representative of council sitting in on fire and police meetings and representatives from fire and police unions briefing council members in executive sessions.

Most candidates felt the need to repair the trust with the police and fire unions and look at getting those relationships repaired. Representatives from each entity were encouraged by several candidates and some said cutting the middle man out would help exponentially.

By repairing those relationships, Sherman said that arbitration would get better.

However, Kempf again took a different turn and said he believed there should be some distrust between labor and management because “you can’t have confidence in other people to run your life,” he said.

Individually ensuring public safety:

The last question of the night posed by the moderator was what each candidate would do as an individual council member to ensure that fire and police would have the equipment they needed to ensure public safety in the community.

Many candidates pointed back to opening lines of communication and establishing better relationships with the first responders. Some said they would sit down with them and ask what the most important things on their equipment “wish list” would be to ensure that they were getting the equipment they needed to adequately provide the public safety.

The candidate forum was sponsored by the Norman Fire Fighters International Association of Fire Fighters Lodge 2067 and the Norman Fraternal Order of Police Bratcher-Minor Memorial Lodge No. 122.

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