SOUTH BEND — Mayor James Mueller is asking the city’s Board of Public Safety to table the proposed “discipline matrix” for police officers, saying more time should be allowed for public input.
The mayor’s decision came two days before the board was scheduled to vote on the proposal and on the same day a group of faith leaders expressed their support for the disciplinary rubric.
“Mayor Mueller will push to establish disciplinary guidelines as envisioned in his plan for reforming public safety,” Kacey Gergely, a spokeswoman for the mayor, said in a statement to the Tribune. “He believes the process was rushed last year and will ask the Board of Public Safety on Wednesday to table the proposal to allow for more community and stakeholder input. It’s important that we all work together to get this right for our community.”