Regular 08/28/12 Session Part 1 - Norfolk City Council


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>>> OKAY, WHY DON'T WE CALL THE MEETING TO ORDER.
WE'VE GOT A COUPLE OFá-- >> SOME DISTINGUISHED GUESTS IN
THE ROOM, AND WEá-- I GUESS WE DREW STRAWS AND IT SEEMS LIKE
WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THE SUPERINTENDENT GO FIRST AS
OPPOSED TO CHIEF GOLDSMITH, BUT WITH THAT SAID, WE HAVE DR.áKIRK
HOUSTON HERE TODAY AND ALSO OUR NEW SUPERINTENDENT, DR.áKING,
AND I'M NOT SURE IF DR.áHOUSTON WOULD LIKE TO DO AN INTRODUCTION
BEFORE WE HAVE DR.áKING COME UP. I KNOW HE HAS A BUSY EVENING
TONIGHT. HE'S GOING TO BE OUT AT 6:00 IN
THE PUBLIC TALKING ABOUT SOME OF HIS GOALS, AND SOME OF THE
OBJECTIVES OVER THE NEXT YEAR AND THEN AGAIN, WE HAVE CHIEF
GOLDSMITH THAT'S GOING TO TALK WITH US ABOUT HIS FIRST COUPLE
MONTHS ON THE JOB AND SOME OF THE VISIONS GOING FORWARD.
SO WITH THAT, MAYOR, THAT'S THE LINE-UP FOR THE NEXT HOUR.
>> WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY ANYTHING, KIRK, OR SHOULD WEá--
>> SURE. DR.áKING GAVE ME A SIX-PAGE
VITAL FOR TODAY AND I TOLD HIM I WOULDN'T USE ALL SIX PAGES.
BUT I AM PLEASED, MAYOR AND COUNCIL, TO INTRODUCE FORMALLY
TO THE COUNSEL FOR THE FIRST TIME DR.áSAMUEL KING, OUR NEW
SUPERINTENDENT WHO COMES FROM ROCKDALE, GEORGIA, WITH A
WONDERFUL RECORD OF SUCCESS THERE IN AN URBAN DISTRICT MUCH
LIKE NORFOLK, JUST A LITTLE SMALLER.
HE'S HIT THE GROUND RUNNING HERE IN NORFOLK, ABOUT 55 DAYS NOW, A
LOT OF SPIRITED LEADERSHIP, COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP,
STRATEGIC PLANNING, AND IT IS OBVIOUS THAT HE HAS A CLEAR PLAN
AND VISION FOR THE WORK OF IMPROVEMENT IN STUDENT
PERFORMANCE AND BUILDING OUR CHILDRENS AND OUR FAMILIES AND
OUR CITY. I'M PLEASED TO INTRODUCE
DR.áSAMUEL KING. >> DR.áKING, WOULD YOU LIKE TO
TAKE THE PODIUM AND ON BEHALF OF THE COUNCIL, LET ME WELCOME YOU
HERE TO CITY HALL. >> THANK YOU.
>> MAYBE SOME OF WHAT YOU HEARD ABOUT US MIGHT BE TRUE.
SOME OF IT'S PROBABLY NOT, BUT WE'RE GLAD TO HAVE YOU HERE.
WE'VE HEARD A LOT ABOUT YOU. OBVIOUSLY YOU MADE A GREAT FIRST
IMPRESSION HERE, SO WE'RE GLAD TO HAVE YOU OVER HERE.
THANK YOU. >> I WOULD LIKE TO BEGIN BY
SAYING THANKS AND I'M HAPPY TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE
BEFORE YOU, TO SERVE AS THE SUPERINTENDENT AND CHIEF
EXECUTIVE OFFICER FOR THE NORFOLK PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
THIS GIVES ME A BRIEF MOMENT TO TALK ABOUT WHERE WE ARE AND THE
MAJOR INITIATIVES THAT ARE BEFORE US.
AND I WILL PREFACE THAT BY ALSOá-- I GUESS I SHOULD SAY,
REITERATING THE FACT THAT THIS IS A PARTNERSHIP AND THAT IS
REALLY EVIDENT THROUGH THE FACT THAT I JUST LEFT THE CHIEF'S
OFFICE AND WE WERE TALKING ABOUT HOW WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO
ENSUREá-- AND THAT'S A KEY WORD, TO ENSURE SAFETY OF OUR STAFF
AND OUR STUDENTS AND ADDRESS ANY ISSUES IN A PROACTIVE MANNER
THAT RELATES TO CONTRABAND AND ALL THE THINGS THAT COME INTO
PLAY WITH DOING THIS BUSINESS. WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE FACT THAT
WE'RE AT APPROXIMATELY 34,000 STUDENTS AND A LITTLE OVER 6,000
EMPLOYEES, THEN IT MAKES FOR A COMPLEX UNDERTAKING.
HOWEVER, WITH THAT SAID, YOU THEN ALSO KNOW THAT YOU ENOUGH A
BLUEPRINT IN PLACE, AND FOR US, THAT SPEAKS TO OUR WORK THUS
FAR. I ENTERED THE SYSTEM WITH A
90-DAY PLAN. THE 90-DAY PLAN CENTERED ON
SEVERAL, SEVERAL GOALS AND OBJECTIVES.
ONE WAS TO BEGIN TO BUILD AN ALLIANCE BETWEEN AND ACROSS ALL
STAKEHOLDERS IN THIS COMMUNITY TO TALK ABOUT THOSE THINGS THAT
ARE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR THE BETTERMENT OF PUBLIC EDUCATION
IN OUR JURISDICTION. SECONDLY, ALSO TO BUILD
ORGANIZATIONAL EFFICACY SO THAT WE'RE ABLE TO HAVE A STRUCTURE
IN PLACE THAT'S GOING TO ALLOW US TO EXPEDITE THE PROCESS SO
THAT WE HAVE A LASER-LIKE FOCUS ON STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT.
ALL OF THE ABOVE IS ABOUT STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT.
ANY PARTNERSHIP IS ABOUT STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT, SO ALL THE THINGS
ARE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. A PART OF THAT 90-DAY ENTRY
CENTERED ON THE FACT THAT WE NEEDED TO HOLD A RETREAT WITH
THE BOARD. WE ENTERED INTO A TWO-DAY FULL
SESSION RETREAT WITH THE BOARD TO TAKE A LOOK AT INTERNAL AND
EXTERNAL STATISTICAL ANALYSES AS IT RELATED TO QUANTITATIVE AND
QUALITATIVE DATA ABOUT WHAT HAD TRANSPIRED IN THIS SYSTEM IN THE
PAST AS IT RELATES TO STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT, AS IT RELATES TO
MORALE, AS IT RELATES TO HIGHLY QUALIFIED, AS IT RELATES TO
SAFETY, AS IT RELATES TO ATTRACTING AND REMAINING AND
MAINTAINING THE VERY BEST IN OUR SYSTEM, AND HAD AN OPPORTUNITY
TO LOOK AT THE AGGREGATE, BUT ALSO DISAGGREGATE THE DATA
ACROSS ALL OF THOSE SUBGROUPS THAT RELATE TO STUDENTS THAT
MATTER AND YOU PROBABLY KNOW THAT WE HAVE THEM ALL.
WHEN YOU REFER TO SUBGROUPS, STUDENT SUBGROUPS AND
ACCOUNTABILITY, FROM STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES TO THOSE
STUDENTS THAT ARE ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED TO THOSE STUDENTS
THAT ARE LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT AND THEN ALL THE
ETHNIC CATEGORIES WHICH CONSIST OF AFRICAN AMERICAN, WHITE,
HISPANIC, ASIAN, MULTI-RACIAL, ETCETERA.
SO IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO TAKE A LOOK AT ALL OF THOSE
COMPONENTS AND, AGAIN, TO AGGREGATE ALL THE STUDENTS IN
THAT TOTAL, BUT THEN TO BREAK OUT THOSE SUBGROUPS TO DETERMINE
WHERE WE ARE IN ALL THOSE CATEGORIES.
AND SO WE KNOW THAT IT IS TIME FOR PROGRESS AND BECAUSE OF
THAT, WE'VE ENTERED INTO THE NOTION OF THE BOARD PINPOINTING
SEVEN MAJOR PRIORITIES THAT REALLY WAS AN OFFSHOOT OF THE
RETREAT, THE TWO-DAY RETREAT. SO WE HAVE SEVEN MAJOR
PRIORITIES FOR THIS CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR, AND THOSE SEVEN
MAJOR PRIORITIES WILL CREATE OUR BLUEPRINT FOR THIS CURRENT
SCHOOL YEAR. WE KNOW THAT WE MUST HIT THE
GROUND RUNNING WITH BEGINNING THE PROCESS OF CHANGING STUDENT
ACHIEVEMENT AS IT RELATES TO A LOT OF ISSUES, AND I'M GOING TO
GIVE YOU THOSE SEVEN ITEMS IN A MINUTE, BUT IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT
FOR YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT WHILE WE ADDRESS THOSE SEVEN ITEMS FOR
THIS CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR, THAT WE WILL RUN A PARALLEL PROCESS,
WHICH IS CONSISTING OF DEVELOPING A FIVE-YEAR STRATEGIC
PLAN. ALL OF YOU KNOW THAT IF YOU'RE
GOING TO DEVELOP AN EXTENSIVE STRATEGIC PLAN AND IT'S GOING TO
BE A LIVING, BREATHING DOCUMENT, THEN IT'S GOING TO TAKE TIME.
AND SO WE'RE GOING TO SPEND THIS ENTIRE YEAR DEVELOPING THAT
FIVE-YEAR PROCESS WHILE WE IMPLEMENT THE ONE-YEAR PROCESS
RELATED TO THOSE SEVEN PRIORITIES THAT I'M GOING TO
TELL YOU ABOUT. BEFORE I TALK ABOUT THOSE SEVEN
OR GIVE YOU THOSE SEVEN, I WANT TO JUST TOUCH BASES WITH ON YOU
ON THE PROCESS FOR THE FIVE-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN.
ONE MAJOR COMPONENT OF THAT WILL TAKE PLACE TONIGHT, AND THAT
WILL BE OUR FIRST COMMUNITY FORUM WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT
NORVIEW HIGH SCHOOL TONIGHT AT 6:00.
I'LL BEGIN BY GIVING A STATE OF THE SYSTEM REPORT, THE STATUS IN
TERMS OF WHERE WE ARE, BASELINE, AND WHERE WE'RE HEADED, AND
IMPLICATIONS RELATED TO VISION. AND SO I'LL TALK TO THE WHOLE
GROUP, ENTIRE GROUP IN THE THEATER INITIALLY.
ONCE THAT IS COMPLETED, WE WILL TRANSITION FROM THE THEATER INTO
THE COMMONS AREA AND WE'LL HAVE SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS.
I HOPE THAT MANY OF THE INDIVIDUALS THAT ATTEND WILL
MOVE TO SMALL TABLES OF TEN AND WE'LL HAVE FACILITATORS AT EACH
TABLE, AND THE TOPICS THAT WILL BE OF INTEREST TO THEM WILL
CENTER ON THOSE SEVEN PRIORITIES THAT I'M GOING TO NAME FOR YOU.
SO THEY WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO ENGAGE IN CONVERSATION ABOUT
THE THINGS THAT MATTER TO THEM AS IT RELATES TO PUBLIC
EDUCATION IN NORFOLK. SO WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT
OPPORTUNITY TONIGHT TO HAVE THAT KIND OF ENGAGEMENT AND FROM A
LARGE GROUP STANDPOINT, BUT ALSO FROM A SMALL GROUP STANDPOINT,
AND THEN TRANSITION AS WE PREPARE TO CONCLUDE TO A PANEL.
AND I'LL CONDUCT THE PANEL, MYSELF AND THE SUPERINTENDENT,
TWO DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENTS, ASSOCIATES AND ALSO SOMEá--
SEVERAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS WILL TAKE QUESTIONS FROM EACH OF
THOSE INDIVIDUAL TABLES TO TALK ABOUT WHERE WE ARE, WHAT THE
PLANS ARE, WHAT WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF SUBMITTING TO THE
BOARD AROUND THEM. AND SO THE SEVEN PRIORITIES THAT
WERE PINPOINTED BY THE BOARD DURING THAT RETREAT, WHICH NOW
REFLECT OUR BOARD AND DIVISION PRIORITIES, ARE ENSURING FULL
ACCREDITATION. THAT'S A NO-BRAINER, YOU KNOW
THAT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AND THAT'S ABOUT MEETING AND
EXCEEDING STANDARDS. INCREASING THE PERCENTAGE OF
STUDENTS ACROSS ALL AREAS, ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH
SCHOOL, THAT MEET AND EXCEED STANDARDS, BECAUSE THAT'S HOW
YOU DETERMINE ACCREDITATION AT THE ELEMENTARY LEVEL AS WELL AS
AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL LEVEL. SECOND ITEM PINPOINTED BY THE
BOARD, INCREASING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT OF ALL STUDENTS, AND
WE REFER TO THAT AS A PROCESS OF RAISING THE FLOOR AND THE
CEILING SIMULTANEOUSLY, MEANING THOSE THAT STRUGGLE MUST MOVE
FORWARD, THOSE THAT ARE ON STANDARDS MUST MOVE FORWARD INTO
THE EXCEEDING RANK AND THOSE THAT ARE ALREADY AT THE POINT OF
EXCELLING MUST BE ENRICHED SO THAT THEY CONTINUE TO GROW, SO
THAT NO ONE SLIPS THROUGH THE CRACKS IN THE PROCESS.
THUS, BEGINNING THE PROCESS OF ELIMINATING THE GAPS IN
STANDARDS, BEGINNING THE PROCESS OF CLOSING ACHIEVEMENT GAPS.
THIRD, IMPROVE CLIMATE, SAFETY, AND ATTENDANCE.
GOES WITHOUT SAYING THAT SAFETY IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE.
YOU HEARD ME MENTION EARLIER THAT I LEAF THE CHIEF'Sá-- LEFT
THE CHIEF'S OFFICE PRIOR TO COMING HERE TO TALK ABOUT HOW WE
CAN PARTNER TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE BEING PROACTIVE AND THAT WE ARE
CREATING THE ENVIRONMENT ON THOSE TWO GROUNDS THAT WE NEED.
FOURTH ITEM, BECOME A BOARD OF DISTINCTION.
THAT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT BECAUSE THE WORK OF THE BOARD
AND THE WAY THAT IT GOES ABOUT ITS WORK, THAT'S THAT
SEVEN-MEMBER UNIT THAT SHOULD CONSIST OF THE SEVEN-MEMBER
BOARD AND THE SUPERINTENDENT AS A GOVERNANCE LEADERSHIP TEAM
WORKING TOGETHER TO ENSURE THAT EACH PRIORITY COPS TO FRUITION.
AND SOá-- COMES TO FRUITION. AND SO THERE WILL BE SOME
INDICATORS OF IMPORTANCE FOR THAT BOARD TO BE ABLE TO
FUNCTION AT THAT LEVEL. ITEM FIVE, PROMOTE NORFOLK
PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO REFLECT OUTSTANDING ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF
STAFF, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS, AND THAT'S ABOUT CHANGING
PERCEPTIONS. THAT'S ABOUT ATTRACTING THAT
INDIVIDUAL THAT HAS DECIDED THAT THEY DIDN'T WANT TO BE A PART OF
NORFOLK PUBLIC FOR WHATEVER THE REASON MIGHT BE.
WE KNOW THAT NOTHING BEATS GOOD RESULTS AND BEGINNING TO
INCREMENTALLY GET THOSE RESULTS WILL ALLOW US TO MAINTAIN
FAMILY, BUILD STRONG ACADEMIC FAMILIES AND ATTRACT FAMILIES
THAT HAVE DECIDED FOR WHATEVER REASON THAT THEY MAY NOT WANT TO
PARTICIPATE IN PUBLIC ED. THAT'S IMPORTANT FOR US AS WELL,
AND MARKETING AND PROMOTING THAT WHOLE PROCESS.
ITEM SIX, DEVELOPING AND COORDINATING A CAPITAL
IMPROVEMENTS PLAN FOR FACILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY TO ENHANCE
TEACHING AND LEARNING. THAT'S ABOUT OUR BUILDINGS, OUR
STRUCTURES, THE AGE, MAINTENANCE, UPKEEP,
RENOVATIONS, MODIFICATIONS, SO A ROBUST PLAN TO RELATE TO THAT
AND HOW TO FUND IT AND HOW TO WORK COLLABORATIVELY WITH THE
CITY TO DO SO. LASTLY, ATTRACT, RETAIN, AND HEN
TO DEVELOP STRONG ACADEMIC FAMILIES AND HIGHLY QUALIFIED
TEACHERS AND STAFF. SO THAT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT
BECAUSE IF WE'RE GOING TO BE COMPETITIVE, WE NEED TO BE ABLE
TO ATTRACT THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST ACROSS OUR REGION, SO
THAT WE PUT THOSE INDIVIDUALS IN THE CLASSROOM BEFORE OUR
CHILDREN. THERE ARE TWO VERY IMPORTANT
POSITIONS IN OUR SYSTEM AND THAT CONSISTS OF THAT TEACHER AND
THAT BUILDING-LEVEL PRINCIPAL. THAT'S WHERE WE NOTICED TO GO IN
TERMS OF EDUCATING CHILDREN. SO I'LL CLOSE WITH THAT, GIVES
YOU A SNAPSHOT OF WHERE WE ARE. WE WILL HOLD A SECOND COMMUNITY
FORUM ON SEPTEMBER 12th TO TALK ABOUT MANY OF THE ITEMS THAT I
MENTIONED HERE. IT WILL BE HELD AT RUFFNER AND
THAT'S SEPTEMBER 12th AT 6:00 AS WELL.
SO AS I CLOSE, I WOULD LIKE TO AGAIN SAY THANK YOU FOR INVITING
US AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AS A PARTNER IN ANY WAY OR
AT ANY LEVEL OF INTEREST THAT YOU COULD POSSIBLY DO SO TO HELP
US MOVE FORWARD. THIS STRATEGIC PLAN, THE
FIVE-YEAR PROCESS AS WELL AS IMPLEMENTING THE SEVEN BOARD AND
INDIVIDUAL PRIORITIES BEFORE US. >> ANYBODY HAVE QUESTIONS?
COMMENTS? I THINK THAT WAS AN EXCELLENTá--
THANK YOU. >> QUESTIONS?
>> I HAVE A QUICK QUESTION. COULD BE MORE MARCUS.
WE GET A LOT OF EMAILS FROM CONSTITUENTS DEALING WITH
SCHOOLS IN GENERAL AND OUR RESPONSE HAS ALWAYS BEEN THAT
CONTACT THE SCHOOL BOARD. I DIDN'T KNOW IF THERE WAS A
PROCEDURE OR POLICY THAT YOU WANT TO IMPLEMENT THAT IF WE GET
A COMPLAINT OR A QUESTION FROM A CONSTITUENT DEALING WITH THE
SCHOOLS, IF WE JUST STILL SEND THEM TO YOUR OFFICE OR IF THERE
WAS A STAFF MEMBER THAT YOU WANTED US TO FORWARD IT TO SO
THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO RESPOND WITH, "THIS IS A SCHOOL SYSTEM
ISSUE, YOU KNOW, LET THEM DEAL WITH IT."
YOU GET Aá-- >> WE CAN CALL YOU.
>> YEAH, SHE WOULD CALL ME. I DIDN'T KNOW IF YOU HAD A STAFF
MEMBER YOU WOULD LIKE US TO SEND THAT TO OR MARCUS, YOUR OFFICE
WANTS TO HANDLE IT. SO I DON'Tá--
>> I CAN SAY THAT ANY ITEMS OF INTEREST OR INQUIRY CAN COME TO
ME, AND I'LL HAVE A PROCESS WHEREBY I HAVE INDIVIDUALS THAT
ARE RESPONSIBLE AT THE ELEMENTARY, THE MIDDLE, THE HIGH
SCHOOL, AND FOR ALL OF THE VARIOUS CATEGORIES.
AND SO ONCE I RECEIVE IT, THEN THOSE INDIVIDUALS WILL QUICKLY
BEGIN THE WORK ON THE ALLEGATION OR THE QUESTION AND THEN WE
WOULD EXPEDITE THE PROCESS OF RESPONDING TO THEM IN THAT WAY.
SO IF YOU GET IT TO ME, THEN I CAN HANDLE IT AND GET IT TO THE
RIGHT PEOPLE. >> AND IF WE COULD GET A
FOLLOW-UP TOO. >> SURE, SURE.
>> SOMETIMES IT GOES AWAY AND WE REALLY DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED.
>> AND TYPICALLY THAT'S HOW WE OPERATE.
THE ORIGIN OF THE ALLEGATION, OF COURSE, WOULD BE A MAJOR PLAYER
IN THE RESPONSE. >> ALL RIGHT.
DR.áKING, THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH.
APPRECIATE YOU MAKING TIME AVAILABLE TO MEET WITH US.
>> THANK YOU. >> CHIEF?
>> GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE. I'D LIKE TO START OUT WITH TWO
THINGS. THIS IS THE SECOND TIME I'VE HAD
TO FOLLOW DR.áKING AS A SPEAKER. I WILL TELL YOU THIS.
I'M NOWHERE NEAR AS EDUCATED OR ELOQUENT, SO WE NEED TO BEGIN BY
LOWER OUR EXPECTATIONS FOR THIS PRESENTATION.
[ LAUGHTER ] >> YOU CARRY A GUN THOUGH.
[ LAUGHTER ] >> THE SECOND THING I FOUND IN
MY FIRST COUPLE MONTHS OF BEING THE CHIEFS IS I HAVEN'T RUN OUT
OF THE BUILDING SCREAMING YET AND IT DOESN'T APPEAR THAT I'VE
BROKEN ANYTHING THAT ANYBODY HAS FOUND OUT ABOUT, SO I GUESS
WE'RE DOING OKAY FOR THE FIRST FEW WEEKS.
AS WE TALK ABOUT WHAT WE'VE DONE OVER THE PASTá-- SINCE I GOT
APPOINTED, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE TALK A LITTLE
BIT ABOUT WHAT WE'VE DONE IN THE FAST AND HOW WE GOT TO THE POINT
WHERE WE ARE TODAY. MANY OF YOU REMEMBER WE STARTED
OUR COMMUNITY POLICING EFFORT UNDER A PROGRAM THAT WE CALLED
POLICE COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE PERFORMANCE.
CONCENTRATING ON SOME NEIGHBORHOODS AND THE SUCCESS
GOT US BACK INTO SOME NEIGHBORHOODS THAT WE HAD BEEN
OUT OF AND ALSO BECAME THE PRECURSOR TO OUR VERY SUCCESSFUL
COMMUNITY RESOURCE OFFICER THAT'S BEEN IN PLACE TODAY AND I
THINK MANY ON THE COUNCIL WILL AGREE, THAT THERE'S NOT MANY
THINGS I CAN DO, IF I GET A PHONE CALL AND REMOVE A CRO
THAT'S BEEN ENDEARED TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD, THE PHONES START
RINGING. THAT'S BEEN A GOOD PROGRAM.
THE PROBLEM WE HAD, I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S A PROBLEM, BUT TOWARDS
THE END, IT WAS HARD TO GET EVERYBODY TO THE TABLE BECAUSE
WE WERE TRYING TO DO A LOT OF THINGS WITH THAT PROGRAM.
IN MY MIND, WE STARTED TO FOCUS ON WEAKNESS.
IN OTHER WORDS, WE IDENTIFY ADD NEIGHBORHOOD THAT LOOKED LIKE IT
WAS IN DISTRESS AND WE STARTED TO POOL A LOT OF RESOURCES INTO
IT TO BRING IT BACK UP. ON TOP OF THAT, WE HAVE 9/11 AND
THEN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT WAS CHARGED WITH NOT ONLY DOING
COMMUNITY POLICING, BUT ALSO DOING TERRORISM WORK AND WE WERE
ABLE TO KEEP OUR PROGRAMS GOING, BUT IT WAS A LOT OF RESOURCES
FOR US TO GET OUR HOMELAND SECURITY EFFORTS IN PLACE AND
WE'VE DONE THAT TO A GREAT EXTENT NOW THROUGH SOME FEDERAL
GRANT MONEY AND THE WAY WE'VE MANAGED THE DEPARTMENT.
WHERE WE ARE NOW, IN TALKING WITH THE CITY MANAGER AND WHAT
WE COMMITTED TO AS A DEPARTMENT, WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE
POLICE DEPARTMENT WAS VERY MUCH A PART OF THE WHOLE OF
GOVERNMENT SOLUTIONS FOR WHATEVER WAS GOING ON IN THE
NEIGHBORHOOD. AND WE REALLY WANTED TO, WHILE
WE HAD COMMUNITY POLICING IN PLACE AND WE WERE DOING A GOOD
JOB OF THAT, WE WANTED TO KICK IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL TO MAKE
SURE THAT WE WERE GETTING EVERYTHING WE COULD OUT OF THE
PROGRAM. SO IT WAS FORTUNATE FOR US THAT
THE CITY HAD STARTED DOWN THIS NEIGHBORS BUILDING NEIGHBORHOODS
EFFORT, THIS INITIATIVE, BECAUSE IT GAVE US THE ABILITY TO FOLD
RIGHT INTO THAT WITH OUR COMMUNITY POLICING EFFORT, OUR
CROs. THE BEAUTY OF THIS IS THAT WE
ARE NOW ENJOYING SOME VERY ENHANCED PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER
PARTS OF THE CITY AND THE APPROACH ALLOWS US TO FOCUS ON
STRENGTHS RATHER THAN WEAKNESSES.
IN OTHER WORDS, WHEN WE'RE INTO A NEIGHBORHOOD AND WE'RE DOING
THIS NEIGHBORHOOD-BASED PROBLEM-SOLVING POLICING, WE
HAVE AREAS THAT ARE REALLY TRYING TO GET TO A PLACE WHERE
THEY NEED TO BE, WHERE THEY HAVE A SAFE AND HEALTHY COMMUNITY,
AND THE ANALOGY THAT I USE IS SOMETHING THAT IS FROM
ECONOMICS. YOU KNOW, RISING TIDE RAISES ALL
BOATS, SO BY TRYING TO BUILD WHERE WE ALREADY HAVE STRENGTH,
WE FEEL LIKE THAT'S GOING TO PERCOLATE INTO OTHER AREAS OF
THE COMMUNITY TO BRING EVERYBODY UP IN THAT AREA.
THIS IS A DIFFERENT FOCUS FOR US AS A POLICE DEPARTMENT.
BEFORE, IT WAS, YOU KNOW, WE TRIED TO GET IN AND DID HEAVY
ENFORCEMENT METHODS, TRIED TO STABILIZE THE NEIGHBORHOOD.
NOW IT'S MORE ABOUT WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO TO BUILD NEIGHBORHOOD
CAPACITY AND WE SENT ALL OF OUR OFFICERS THROUGH TRAINING SO
THAT THEY CAN BE WELL AWARE OF WHAT'S GOING ON, WE'VE ENHANCED
OUR PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER PARTS OF THE CITY SO WE CAN
CONTINUE WITH THAT NEIGHBORHOOD CAPACITY BUILDING AND DOING OUR
PART AS A POLICE DEPARTMENT TO ROLL INTO THAT.
AND WHAT WE'RE FINDING IS, YOU KNOW, THIS APPROACH ALLOWS US TO
USE TRADITIONAL POLICING STRATEGIES ALONG WITH SOME OF
THE INNOVATIVE STUFF THAT COMES ALONG WITH COMMUNITY POLICING.
WE HAVE LOTS OF COMMUNITY POLICE OFFICERS DOING THINGS.
AS A MATTER OF FACT, I WAS INFORMED THAT WE HAD A COMMUNITY
POLICING OFFICER WORKING WITH A NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT
SPECIALIST TO ORGANIZE A NEIGHBORHOOD CRUISE TO BRING THE
NEIGHBORHOOD TOGETHER AND TO TRY TO TEACH COMMUNITY POLICING.
I GOT TO TELL YOU WHEN I WAS INFORMED ABOUT THAT, AS A POLICE
CHIEF, THAT'S THE REASON I KEEP A BOTTLE OF ANTACIDS NEXT TO ME
AS I TRY TO DIGEST EXACTLY WHAT IT IS WE'RE GOING TO DO WITH
THIS AND IF IT'S A GOOD THING. I SAY THAT AS AN EXAMPLE OF SOME
OF THE INNOVATIVE PROCESSES TAKING PLACE NOW IN OUR
COMMUNITY POLICING OFFICER RANKS.
INTERNALLY, WE FOUND WE GOT A LOT OF GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD
INVOLVEMENT, THEY'RE VERY HAPPY WITH I, VERY HAPPY WITH OUR
APPROACH, WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO DO A LOT OF GOOD THINGS AND WE'RE
GOING TO CONTINUE IN THAT EFFORT.
INTERNALLY, WE PLACED A POLICE LIEUTENANT AS OUR POINT OF
CONTACT AND WHAT I'D LIKE TO DO NOW IS INTRODUCE BOTH LT.áALICE
McCONAUGHEY WHO'S WITH THE FIELD OPERATIONS BUREAU, SITTING NEXT
TO HIM, MOST OF YOU KNOW ASSISTANT CHIEF RON WRIGHT, OUR
FIELD OPERATIONS BUREAU CHIEF. A LOT OF THIS EFFORT IS CENTERED
IN FIELD OPERATIONS BUREAU AND WE'VE DONE THAT FOR A PURPOSE.
FIELD OPS IS THE PLACE, THE MOST VISIBLE PART OF THE POLICE
DEPARTMENT. PEOPLE MAKE A CALL FOR SERVICE,
THAT'S WHO'S SHOWING UP, NINE TIMES OUT OF TEN, SO THIS TO ME
IS WHERE WE GET THE MOST BANG FOR OUR BUCK BY CENTERING THIS
PROGRAM INTO THE FIELD OPERATIONS BUREAU FOR THE POLICE
DEPARTMENT. TO TALK ABOUT ELLIS'S
RESPONSIBILITIES, HE'S A LIAISON FOR US WITH ALL THE DIFFERENT
PIECES OF THE CITY WHO ARE PARTICIPATING IN THIS.
HIS JOB IS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE STAY EFFECTIVE, TO MAKE SURE
THAT WE'RE STAYING TRUE TO OUR PRINCIPLES OF COMMUNITY
POLICING, MAKE SURE THE COMMUNITY RESOURCE OFFICERS ARE
DOING WHAT THEY NEED TO BE TO BE SUCCESSFUL.
HE'S ORGANIZING QUARTERLY TRAINING FOR THESE OFFICERS TO
MAKE SURE WE GET THE BEST PRACTICES THAT ARE BEING DONE
AROUND THE COUNTRY INTO OUR EFFORTS SO WE DON'T MISS
ANYTHING. THAT'S PART OF ELLIS'S JOB IS TO
LOOK OUTSIDE, NOT JUST WHAT WE'RE DO, BUT WHAT'S GOING ON
ACROSS THE COUNTRY SO WE CAN PULL THOSE INTO OUR DEPARTMENT
AND MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE DOING WELL.
ONE OF THE BIG THINGS THAT ELLIS IS SUPPOSED TO DO IS COME UP
WITH A METRIC FOR HOW WE GAUGE SUCCESS.
IN OTHER WORDS, IT DOES US NO GOOD TO EMBARK ON THIS EFFORT IF
WE DON'T KNOW WHAT SUCCESS LOOKS LIKE.
WE CAN TALK ABOUT HOW WE THING THAT LOOKS, WHETHER IT'Sá--
THINK THAT LOOKS, WHETHER IT'S A RISE IN PROPERTY VALUES, WHETHER
WE SEE LESS MOVEMENT OUT OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD, MORE MOVEMENT INTO
THE NEIGHBORHOOD, AND THERE'S SOME THINGS INTERNALLY WE WANT
TO DO, HOW ARE WE EDUCATING OUR FOLKS.
IF WE DO A SURVEY AND START ASKING ABOUT COMMUNITY POLICING
PRINCIPLES, ARE THEY ABLE TO ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS.
THERE'S LOTS OF DIFFERENT WAYS WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE'RE
MEASURING THIS AND EFFECTIVE ON GETTING THE RESULTS WE WANT TO
GET. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I WANT TO
HIGHLIGHT IS SOMETHING THAT I TALKED TO DR.áKING ABOUT IN OUR
MEETING THAT HE REFERENCED. THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF
CHIEFS OF POLICE HAS APPROACH US WITH WHAT'S CALLED A NEW FOCUS
POLICE INITIATIVE. THIS ALLOWS OUR POLICE
DEPARTMENT TO PARTNER WITH THE NORFOLK PUBLIC SCHOOLS, WITH
PUBLIC HEALTH, WITH OTHER AGENCIES, TO FOCUS OUR EFFORTS
TO EDUCATION, INTERVENTION, PREVENTION, WITH OUR YOUTH.
IN OTHER WORDS, IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT DOING THE TRADITIONAL LAW
ENFORCEMENT THINGS WHERE WE DO AN INVESTIGATION, MAKE AN
ARREST, AND THEN WE STICK A CHILD INTO THE JUVENILE JUSTICE
SYSTEM. WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO, IN
PLACES WHERE IT'S APPROPRIATE, PARTNERING WITH PEOPLE, WITH
OTHER AGENCIES, SO WE CAN IDENTIFY EITHER ON A CALL FOR
SERVICE OR THROUGH AN INVESTIGATION, A CHILD THAT IS
IN NEED OF SERVICES, THAT WE'RE PART OF THAT SOLUTION, THAT WE
CAN SEND OUT MESSAGES TO OTHER AGENCIES THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO
BRING RESOURCES TO BEAR SO THAT WE KEEP THIS CHILD OUT OF THE
JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM. YOU KNOW, AND I DO THAT FOR
SELFISH REASONS. IT'S EASIER FOR US, LESS WORK
FOR US, LESS WORK FOR THE COURTS, AND THE POUR WE CANá--
MORE WE CAN DO TO FIND INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION,
MAKE SURE WE GET A GOOD OUTCOME. THE OTHER THING, AND THE MANAGER
WILL LIKE THIS, THIS IS DONE AT NO COST TO THE CITY, NO
OVERTIME. IT WILL DO TWO THINGS.
ONE, IF WE BUILD SOMETHING THAT TURNS OUT TO BE A BEST PRACTICE,
THAT THEN GETS PROJECT MULL GATED TO THE REST OF THEá--
PROMULGATED TO THE REST OF THE COUNTRY SO THE OTHER POLICE
DEPARTMENTS AND OTHER CITIES CAN SEE WHAT WE'RE DOING AND USE US
AS A MODEL TO DO THIS OUTREACH. THE OTHER PIECE IS THE ICP WILL
BRING RESOURCES TO US. WE CAN ACCESS WHAT THEY HAVE AS
FAR AS WHAT'S IS GOING ON IN THE COUNTRY, SO IF WE SEE SOMETHING
THAT WE THINK MIGHT WORK FOR US, WE CAN PULL IT DOWN TO US.
THE IDEA IS NOT ONLY FORMING GOOD PARTNERSHIPS, BUT LET'S
LOOK OUTSIDE OF WHAT'S HAPPENING AND SEE WHAT WE CAN BRING IN
THAT WILL WORK FOR US AS A DEPARTMENT FOR THE CITY.
WE'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THAT PROGRAM.
THE LAST THING I'LL LEAVE YOU WITH, WE ALSO TALKED TO DR.áKING
ABOUT DOING SOME CAREER FACT STUFF IN THE SCHOOLS.
ONE OF THE THINGS THAT CONCERNS ME AS A POLICE CHIEF IS OUR
ABILITY TO RECRUIT QUALITY INDIVIDUALS INTO THE POLICE
DEPARTMENT, AND WHAT I HEAR IS THAT IN CERTAIN AREAS OF THE
CITY, POLICING IS NOTá-- IS NO LONGER AN OPTION.
THEY DON'T SEE IT AS A VIABLE CAREER PATH FOR THEM, SO WHAT WE
WANT TO DO IS VERY EARLY ON INTO THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, IS INTRODUCE
LAW ENFORCEMENT AS A CAREER CHOICE AND TRY TO GET PEOPLE TO
SEE US AS A PLACE WHERE THEY CAN GO FOR A CAREER, SO THAT WE CAN
GET FOLKS IN AT THE FRONT END AND THAT HELPS US IN A WHOLE LOT
OF DIFFERENT WAYS. I MEAN, IT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO
GIVE PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME INTO A CAREER THEY MIGHT
NOT HAVE CONSIDERED BEFORE. CERTAINLY POLICING HERE IN
NORFOLK HAS BEEN GOOD TO ME AND I WOULD BE MORE THAN WILLING TO
ADVOCATE THAT TO LOTS OF YOUNG PEOPLE, THAT THIS IS A GREAT JOB
TO HAVE, AND DR.áKING HAS BEEN VERY RECEPTIVE OF THAT, SO WE'RE
VERY APPRECIATIVE OF THAT. LIKE I SAID, NOT A WHOLE LOT OF
FLASH AND CERTAINLY NOT AS ELOQUENT AS DR.áKING, BUT THIS
IS YOUR CHANCE AGAIN TO TAKE A JAB AT THE CHIEF, SO IF THERE'S
A QUESTION, I'M HERE TO ANSWER. I'LL DO THE BEST I CAN TO ANSWER
IT, I SHOULD SAY. >> CHIEF?
>> YES, SIR. >> IN BUDGETING, WE REMOVED SOME
POLICE PROGRAMS AND THE SHERIFF TOOK IT OVER.
I THINK THE NUMBER, ABOUT 30, 31 POLICE OFFICERS.
>> BETWEEN 25 AND 30, I BELIEVE WE GOT.
>> MOVED OVER TO THEá-- RELIEVED OF THAT RESPONSIBILITY.
HOW HAVE YOUá-- WHAT DID YOU DO? >> WHAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO DO IS
PROVIDE AN EXTRA SUPERVISORS AND EXTRA OFFICERS FOR OUR FIELD
OPERATIONS BUREAU AND IS IDEA BEHIND THAT IS TO GIVE
DISCRETIONARY COMMANDERS PERSONNEL TO ATTACKS PROBLEM
THEY WAS IN THEIR AREA. MOST OF YOU KNOW, WE IDENTIFY A
TREND WE WANT TO MITIGATE, THAT GIVES THE PATROL DIVISION
COMMANDER SOME DISCRETIONARY PERSONNEL TO THROW AT THAT
PROBLEM, TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT HOW WE'RE GOING TO HANDLE THAT.
SO THAT'S HOW THOSE PEOPLEá-- THOSE PEOPLE IN SHORT TERM ARE
ON THE STREET WHERE THEY NEED TO BE TO HELP US OUT WITH A POLICE
STANDPOINT. >> VICE MAYOR?
>> CHIEF, I WOULD HOPE THAT WE WOULD CONTINUE TO EMPLOY THE
NECESSARY RESOURCES IN THE AREA OF PERTAINING TO GANG ACTIVITY.
I MEAN THAT WE HAVE PROBABLY SOME OF THE BEST GUYS IN THE
COUNTRY THAT WORK IN THAT PARTICULAR AREA, AND YOU KNOW,
THIS ISá-- THE INTELLIGENCE THAT WE'VE GOT, BEEN ABLE TO COLLECT,
I WOULD HOPE THAT WE CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD IN COMMUNITY
POLICING, THAT WE'RE ABLE TO KEEP THOSE YOUNGá-- BE AS
EFFECTIVE GOING FORWARD AS WE HAVE BEEN.
YOU DON'T HEAR A LOT, BUT THEY'RE OUT THERE DOING A
TREMENDOUS JOB IN TERMS OF WHAT THEYá--
>> I AGREE, THEY ARE DOING A TREMENDOUS JOB AND THEY'RE A
GREAT RESOURCE FOR US AND WE WILL CONTINUE WITH THAT EFFORT.
AS A MATTER OF FACT, ANOTHER THING THAT DR.á-- DR.áKING AND I
HAD A VERY FRUITFUL MEETING BEFORE WE CAME OVER.
NOT THAT WE COLLUDED IN WHAT WE WERE GOING TO SAY, BUT WE DID
TALK WITH ONE ANOTHER. HE BROUGHT UP SEVERAL PROGRAMS
THAT WE CAN GET OUR GANG FOLKS INVOLVED IN THAT FOCUS NOT ONLY
ON INVESTIGATION AND INTELLIGENCE GATHERING, BUT ALSO
HOW DO WE PREVENT YOUNG PEOPLE FROM GETTING INVOLVED IN GANGS,
SO THAT'S ALL PART OF THIS YOUTH FOCUSED POLICING INITIATIVE AND
WE'RE LOOKING TO PULL ALL THAT TOGETHER, PUT IT UNDER ONE
UMBRELLA SO WE CAN GAIN SOME EFFICIENCIES BY WORKING IN A
TEAM APPROACH TOWARDS THIS. >> I WOULD HOPE THAT YOU WOULD
COLLABORATE WITH THEá-- THEY HAVE A GREAT OUTREACH AND
PREVENTION INITIATIVE AS WELL AS THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE BECAUSE I
THINK THEY DO SOME OF THAT, AND I THINK WITH ALL OF THE PARTIES
THAT ARE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND EDUCATION, I THINK IT WOULD GO A
LONG WAYS IN MAKING SURE THAT WE STOP THE CRIME BEFORE IT STARTS,
THE WHOLE TREND OUT OF THE GANGS.
I WOULD LIKE TO SAY, TOO, THAT I'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO CALL
ON THE POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR CITIZENS AND THEY HAVE BEEN VERY
RESPONSIVE AND HAVE GOTTEN ISSUES RESOLVED AND HAS DONE THE
FOLLOW UP TO LET ME KNOW THAT THE ISSUE WAS RESOLVED AS WELL
AS THE COMMUNITY POLICING OFFICERS, THE CROs ARE SLOOBL
GREAT IN THE -- ABSOLUTELY GREAT IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS AND IN MY
AREA WHERE, YOU KNOW, I FREQUENT MY CIVIC LEAGUES AND THEY'RE
ALWAYS THERE AND PEOPLE LOVE THEM.
THEY REALLY, THEY REALLY DO, THEY LOVE THEM.
AND SO THAT'S A GREAT EFFORT, YOU KNOW, I THINK.
>> YES, MA'AM, I APPRECIATE THAT AND I'M GLAD TO HEAR THEY'RE
DOING EXACTLY WHAT WE EXPECT THEM TO.
>> MIKE, IF YOU COULD, THIS IS MAYBE SLIGHTLY OFF THE TOPIC OF
THINGS YOU'VE DISCUSSED. WHERE ARE YOU NOWá-- I HAVE
NOTICED, AND CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG, I'VE NOTICED AN UPTICK IN
DRUG ARRESTS THAT I DID NOT SEE BEFORE YOU TOOK OVER AS CHIEF.
IS THAT SOMETHING THATá-- AND OVERALL, I KNOW A LOT OF THIS AS
MORALE ISSUE THAT OCCURS WITHIN THE OFFICE OF PD.
I THINK YOU WERE IN AN INTERIM POSITION FOR LONG AND THEN ONCE
WE SOLIDIFIED AND THAT YOU WERE SELECTED AS THE CHIEF, BUT I
HAVE SEEN AN UPTICK. IS THAT SOMETHING THATá-- THAT
THE ACTUAL ARRESTS ARE OCCURRING, TAKEDOWNS ARE
HAPPENING, PEOPLE ARE GETTING ON THE DOCKET FOR NARCOTICS
DISTRIBUTION. IS THAT SOMETHING YOU HAVE PUT
OUT THERE OR ARE YOU JUST SEEING IT MORE AS Aá-- THAT, I GUESS,
THE DETECTIVES AND OTHERS INVOLVED ARE MOTIVATED AT THIS
POINT NOW THAT YOU'RE ON? WHAT IS THE REASON BEHIND THAT?
>> I THINK, ONE, GIVE CREDIT TO OUR INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES
BUREAU, THAT THERE'S A RENEWED EMPHASIS ON MAKING THOSE TYPES
OF ARRESTS, BUT I DO THINK SOME OF IT HAS TO DO WITH THE FACT
THAT WE WERE IN AN INTERIM POSITION FOR A WHILE AND THE
FACT, I THINK, THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE, NOW THAT THE PERMANENT
CHIEF WAS MADE, WHETHER IT WAS ME OR SOMEONE ELSE, JUST THE
FACT THAT THERE'S SOMEBODY NOW ON THE SPOT THAT THEY KNOW IS
SOMEWHAT RESPONSIBLE FOR DRIVING THINGS, THEY'VE GONE BACK TO
WORK AND THAT'S A LOT OF IT. >> I'VE SEEN THAT.
>> AND SO THAT'Sá-- AND HOPEFULLY WE'LL CONTINUE.
WE SEEM TO HAVE TAKEN, YOU KNOW, TAKEN OFF THE BRAKES AND NOW
THAT WE KNOW WE HAVE DIRECTION, EVERYBODY IS MARCHING FORWARD
AND I'M SEEING REALLY GREAT WORK OUT OF THE OFFICERS.
>> THE MOTIVATION APPEARS TO BE DIFFERENT.
ON THE ISSUE OFá-- I'M GOING TO ASK YOU A QUESTION.
I HEARD ABOUT THIS AND IF YOU COULD EXPLAIN IT TO ME.
WHEN YOU HAVE A SERIES OF BURGLARIZE BURGLARIES AND I'M IN
PARTICULAR DEALING WITH THE COPPER THEFTS THAT WERE OCCUR
RIGHT OFF THE HOUSES, LOCKHAVEN, LARCHMONT, MEADOWBROOK.
WHAT I'M LOOKING AT HERE AND WHAT WE WERE TOLD IS THAT WHEN
THE OFFICER ARRIVES ON THE SCENE TO TAKE THE INITIAL REPORT,
UNIFORM, PATROL RESPONSE, TAKE THE REPORT, THERE'S SOMETHING
ABOUT THE WAY THE REPORT IS PLACED INTO THE SYSTEM THAT
MEANS REPORTS, LET'S SAY, FROM LOCHHAVEN THAT DEAL WITH COPPER
GUTTERS BEING TAKEN AND REPORTS THAT FROM LARCHMONT WITH COPPER
GUTTERS BEING TAKEN MAY NOT TALK TO ONE ANOTHER.
IS THAT CORRECT OR IS THATá-- IS THAT OUR CURRENT SYSTEM?
NOW, THIS ISN'T A COMPUTER ISSUE, JUST THE WAIT'S PLUGGED
IN. AM I RIGHT THING OR IS THAT
INCORRECT, THAT THEY MAY NOT BE TALKING.
WHEN ONE OFFICER SHOWS UP, HE INPUTS IT IN HIS AND THE OTHER
OFFICER SHOWS UP, HE INPUTS IT INTO HIS, AND THE WAY THAT IT
FALLS OUT IN THE SYSTEM, THE DETECTIVE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO SEE
THAT THERE'S A RASH OF BURGLARIES THAT ARE OCCURRING,
OR THEFTS THAT ARE OCCURRING, OCCURRING VERY SIMILAR IN A
SIMILAR LOCATION. >> YOU KNOW, MR.áPROTOGYROU, I'M
NOT SURE WHERE YOU THE GOOD YOUR INFORMATION FROM.
I WILL TELL YOU THIS, THE REPORT AS REPORT.
THE REPORT, WHETHER IT'S TAKEN ELECTRONICALLY, PAPER AND
PENCIL, IT GOES INTO OUR DETECTIVE DIVISION.
IT'S A HUMAN BEING THAT LOOKS AND PUTS THOSEá-- I MEAN THAT'S
THE JOB OF THE INVESTIGATORS TO WORK AND MAKE THOSE LINKS, IS
TOá-- WE SEE A PATTERN HERE. IT'S ALSO PART OF OUR CRIME
ANALYSIS UNIT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE A
PATTERN AND WE'VE GOT METAL THEFTS ON THE WEST SIDE OF
NORFOLK, AND THAT NEEDS TO BEá-- THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO BE PUTTING,
THAT'S THEIR JOB IS TO MAKE THAT ANALYSIS, LINK THOSE THINGS
TOGETHER, AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT THIS IS AN ISSUE WE'RE
LOOKING AT. IT'S NOT JUST US, IT'S A
REGIONAL PROBLEM, SO I'M NOT SURE WHERE THAT INFORMATION CAME
FROM, BUT IT'S NOT A COMPUTER ISSUE.
IT'S AN ISSUE WITH THE HUMAN BEINGS DEALING WITH THOSE
REPORTS TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE MAKING THE CORRECT LINKS.
>> WHEN YOU MAKE SURE THAT THE INDIVIDUAL ON THE OTHER END IS
REFERRING THE GUTTER, OR RECEIVING THE METAL IS
PROSECUTED BECAUSE IT IS VERY DIFFICULT, AND IN PAWN SHOPS,
THE SAME THING, TO BELIEVE THAT THE INDIVIDUAL SHOWS UPá-- YOU
DON'T JUST SHOW UP WITH 30 GUTTERS IN A VEHICLE, ALL OF
THEM A DIFFERENT COLOR, AND I'M TURNING THEM IN AND I THINK THE
PERSON THAT ACCEPTS THAT NEEDS TO BE EXAMINED AND PROSECUTED,
BECAUSE ALL HE'S DOING, WHETHER IT'S A PAWN SHOP OR SL VAGE
METAL OR WHATEVER IT IS, ALL HE'S DOING IS JUST ENCOURAGING
THIS TYPE OF CRIMINAL CONDUCT. ALSO, THE ISSUE OF DIVERSITY.
AND I DON'T THINK WE HAVE BEEN VERY STRONG AT THIS IN THE PAST.
I'M NOT MEANING JUST IN THE RANK AND FILE OF THE PD.
I MEAN IN THE WHITE SHIRTS THAT ARE AT HEADQUARTERS.
WILL YOU PLEASEá-- AND I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'RE SAYING
ABOUT MAKING DIVERSITY AS WE'RE ENTERING THE FOREST FROM AN
INITIAL STAGE, AN OFFICER COMES IN, A PATROLMAN, BUT AT SOME
POINT WE NEED TO EXAMINE WHERE WE ARE TEN YEARS DOWN THE ROAD,
FIVE YEARS DOWN THE ROAD, 15 YEARS DOWN THE ROAD, WHERE
NORFOLK PD IS NOT AS DIVERSE AS IT SHOULD BE.
AND WILL YOU PLEASE MAKE THAT AN EFFORT TO LOOK AT THE UPPER
RANKS OF WHERE WE ARE. NOT GETTING AWAY FROM WHO WE
HAVE, BUT IT IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE TO EXAMINE THAT DIVERSITY
ISSUE AT OUR UPPER RANKS. AND I THINK THAT YOU WILL
PROBABLYá-- YOU WILL DO THAT, MAYBE IT'S ON YOUR PLATE, BUT
PLEASE, I KNOW COMING INá-- AND ALSO LASTLY, YOUR MEETING WITH
THE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT, I WOULD SUGGEST THAT, FROM WHAT
I'VE NOTICED JUST IN THE SHORT TIME I'VE BEEN ON COUNCIL, A LOT
OF TIMES WE DON'T TALK AND I THINK THATá-- MY SUGGESTION
WOULD BE THAT I KNOW YOU'RE BUSY, I KNOW THE SUPERINTENDENT
IS BUSY, BUT I WOULD STRONGLY SUGGEST THAT YOU MEET ON A
MUCHá-- ON A FREQUENT SET BASIS. I DON'T KNOW IF YOU ALL WALKED
AWAY SAYING I'LL BE HERE AGAIN, YOU KNOW, IN TWO MONTHS, BUT YOU
MAY WANT TO SET A MEETING UP AND HAVEá-- AND I JUST OFFER THIS.
THERE SHOULD BE LIAISON BETWEEN NORFOLK PD AND NORFOLK PUBLIC
SCHOOLS. IF WE'RE USING IT AS A
RECRUITING GROUND, TO PREVENT CRIME BY SAYING IT'S OKAY,
YOU'RE NOT SNITCHING WHEN YOU SAY A CRIME HAS OCCURRED, IF
WE'RE DOING THAT, YOU KNOW, IF WE'RE STARTING IN FIRST GRADE,
KINDERGARTEN DOING THAT AND TRYING TO BRING THEM, THE
CHILDREN IN AND UNDERSTAND WHAT PD DOES, THEN THAT WILL ONLY
HAPPEN IF YOU ALL ARE IN CONSTANT COMMUNICATION.
I DON'T MEAN TO LECTURE YOU. TRUST ME, I TRUST YOUR JUDGMENT,
BUT I THINK IT'S JUST SOMETHING THATá-- I MEAN TALK IS EXTREMELY
IMPORTANT AT YOUR LEVEL, VERY IMPORTANT.
>> YES, SIR. >> THAT'S ALL I HAVE.
THANK YOU. >> CHIEF, JUST A COMMENT AND
ANOTHER QUESTION. I WAS AT A CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING
A COUPLE MONTHS AGO, AND YOU HAD ONE OF YOUR OFFICERS OUT THERE,
A CRO OFFICER, AND THERE HAD BEEN APPARENTLY SOME COMPLAINTS
OVER TIME ABOUT A BIG BUSH GROWING VERY CLOSE TO AN
INTERSECTION AND PEOPLEá-- YOU KNOW, THEY COULDN'T SEE EACH
OTHER COMING OUT OF THE INTERSECTION.
AND YOUR OFFICER WENT AND KNOCKED ON THE DOOR OF AN
ELDERLY LADY, AND APPARENTLY, WHOSE YARD IT WAS, AND SHE SAID
SHE DIDN'T HAVE THE MONEY, YOU KNOW, TO TRIM THE BUSH, AND HE
WENT OVER AND GOT CLIPPERS AND CAME OUT AND CUT IT.
I THOUGHT THAT WAS REMARKABLE FOR THE CITY TO HAVE A GUY WHO'S
OUT THERE, AND APPARENTLY ON SATURDAY, THE FOLLOWING
SATURDAY, OUT THERE ON HIS OWN TIME AND GOT PERMISSION TO CUT
THE BUSH AND TRIMMED IT. [ INAUDIBLE COMMENTS ]
THAT WAS A GREAT GUY. AND EVERYBODY IN THE PLACE
WASá-- [ INAUDIBLE COMMENTS ]
THE RECRUITING PIECEá-- >> YES, SIR.
>> THE POLICE ACADEMY IS GENERALLY, WE HAD A TIME WHEN WE
WERE AUTHORIZING YOU TO OVERHIRE IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT WE
MAINTAINED OUR RANKS, THAT YOU HAD A FULL COMPLEMENT OF
OFFICERS THERE. SOME PEOPLE THOUGHT THAT WAS A
BUDGET ISSUE, THAT WE WERE TRYING TO KEEP A CERTAIN NUMBER
OF POSITIONS VACANT, BUT THAT HAS NEVER BEEN THE POSITION OF
THE COUNCIL. WE'VE ALWAYS BEEN VERY
SUPPORTIVE OF THE MANAGER'S EFFORTS TO PUT MONEY INTO PUBLIC
SAFETY, SO I DON'T KNOW HOW MANYá-- I THINK A YEAR AGO, WE
ACTUALLY BUDGETED FOR TWO ACADEMIES.
I DON'T KNOW IF WE DID IT THIS PAST YEAR.
ARE YOU HAVING TROUBLE FILLING THE ACADEMIES NOW?
>> WE'RE AVERAGINGá-- I WANT TO SAY 30 TO 40 COMING IN THE DOOR
ON THE FRONT END, SO WE'RE GETTING GOOD NUMBERS.
NOT ALL OF THEM MAKE IT. WE HAVE ABOUT A 30% ATTRITION
RATE, I THINK. DON'T HOLD ME TO THAT NUMBER,
BUT I THINK IT'S ABOUT A 30% ATTRITION RATE OUT OF ACADEMY
BECAUSE OF THE RIGORS OF THE COURSE.
THE PROBLEM WE HAVE, AND THIS IS SOMETHING WE STARTED LOOKING AT
WITH THE STAFF, IS WE'VE GOT A LOT OF BABY BOOMERS IN OUR MIX
AND AT SOME POINT, WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT A LOT OF RETIREMENTS
AND WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO NOW IS COME UP WITH A WAY,
PARTNERING WITH FOLKS TO MAKE SURE WE GET ENOUGH IN FRONT SO
WE CAN DEAL WITH THAT TURNOVER THAT WE THINK IS GOING TO
HAPPEN. I HAVE A MEETING WITH PRESIDENT
ATWATER NEXT WEEK AT NORFOLK STATE TO TALK TO THEM ABOUT
POSSIBLY INVIGORATING SOME RECRUITING FROM NORFOLK STATE.
ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT WE FACE WITH SOME OF THE INSTITUTIONS OF
HIGHER LEARNING IS, YOU KNOW, THEY COME OUT WITH THEIR COLLEGE
DEGREE AND FOR SOME REASON, THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROGRAM IS
PUSHING THE FBI AND DEA AND FOLKS LIKE THAT.
WE REALLY WOULD LIKE THEM TO START PUSHING THEM TOWARDS US.
WE THINK WE HAVE A LOT TO OFFER AT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.
95% OF THE COUNTRY'S POLICING IS DONE AT THE LOCAL LEVEL.
WE'RE LOOKING AT THAT, LOOKING AT ATTRITION RATES, AND DOING
OUR BEST TO GET ENOUGH ON THE FRONT END TO TURN OVER SO WE CAN
CONTINUE TO MAKE OUR SERVICESá-- SO FAR WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO DO
THAT. >> ONE QUICKá-- ONE THING WE
WRESTLE WITH ALL THE TIME IS (INAUDIBLE) I'M NOT HEARING MUCH
ABOUT THAT ANYMORE. THAT IS LESS OF A PROBLEM THAN
IT WAS SEVERAL YEARS AGO? I MEAN, ONE TIME THE THING WAS
WE TRAIN AS WELL IF NOT BETTER THAN ANYBODY AROUND, AND THEY
HANG FOR X-NUMBER OF YEARS AND THEN THEY'RE GONE.
>> I DON'T THINK NAES AS BIG A PROBLEM ASá-- THAT'S AS BIG A
PROBLEM AS IT HAS BEEN IN THE PAST.
I THINK WE ADDRESSED THAT THROUGH LOTS OF DIFFERENT WAYS.
I THINK THE BIGGEST THING IS PEOPLE ARE JUST MORE PORTABLE
NOW. THEY TEND TO COME TO US AND THEY
WORKá-- YOU KNOW, THE FIGURE I'M HEARING, LOOK AT LITERATURE IS
MOST PEOPLE WILL HAVE SEVEN CAREERS BY THE TIME THEY END UP
RETIRING AND I THINK WE'RE SEEING THAT IN POLICING NOW
WHERE PEOPLE WILL COME IN AND GIVE US A TRY FOR THREE TO FIVE
YEARS AND THEN THEY MOVE ON TO ANOTHER ORGANIZATION OR TO
ANOTHER JOB COMPLETELY. SO THAT'S A CHALLENGE FOR US,
HOW DO WE ADDRESS THAT. >> THEY'RE NOT GOING TO BIGGER
CITIES BECAUSE THEY MAKE MORE MONEY OR HAVE BETTERá--
>> NO, THAT'S NOT THEá-- NO. >> OKAY.
ANY OTHER COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS? ALL RIGHT, CHIEF.
THANKS A LOT. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU A LOT IN THE
COMING YEARS. OKAY, WE'RE ACTUALLY RUNNING
ABOUT 10 OR 15 MINUTES AHEAD OF SCHEDULE.
I'M SORRY, DID YOUá-- >> I WAS JUST WONDERING, MAYOR,
WE DO HAVEá-- I DON'T KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MOVE HIM UP.
I'M A LITTLE CONCERNED BECAUSE WE TYPICALLY TALK WITH EACH
OTHER WEEKLY AND I HAVEN'T BEEN SPEAKING THE PAST TWO WEEKS.
I HOPE I'M STILL IN GOOD STANDING, BUTá-- GREAT.
TODAY YOU HAVE THE NCSB PERFORMANCE CONTRACT ON THE
AGENDA. IN THE PAST, WE JUST VOTED ON IT
AND WE MADE A COMMITMENT TO YOU THAT WE WOULD TALK ABOUT IT
BEFORE THERE WAS ANY VOTE ON IT, SO IF IT'S FINE WITH THE MAYOR
AND THE COUNCIL, WE WOULD MOVE THIS UP.
>> SURE. >> NOW AND WE HAVE SARAH PAIGE
FULLER. >> AND I THINK I CAN GO PRETTY
QUICKLY. BUT IF YOU DO HAVE QUESTIONS,
PLEASE SPEAK UP. SO THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE
COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARD PROPOSED CONTRACT.
IT'S FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013. HOWEVER, IT IS A TWO-YEAR
PERFORMANCE CONTRACT. THE PURPOSE OF THE PERFORMANCE
CONTRACT, IT'S AN AGREEMENT ENTERED INTO EACH YEAR BY THE
STATE DEPARTMENT OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL
SERVICES, AND EACH LOCAL COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARD.
IT OUTLINES THE FINANCIAL AND SERVICE PROVISION
RESPONSIBILITIES OF BOTH AGENCIES.
DBHDS PRESENTS THE AMOUNT OF FUNDING IT WILL PROVIDE THE
LOCAL COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARD FOR THE UPCOMING FISCAL YEAR AND
THE LOCAL CSB RESPONDS WITH THE SERVICES THAT IT PLANS TO
PROVIDE WITH THOSE FUNDS. THIS YEAR FOR THE FIRST TIME,
THE PERFORMANCE CONTRACT IS VALID FOR TWO YEARS.
IT DOESN'T ACTUALLY SAVE US MUCH WORK BUTá-- OKAY.
AND COMPARING THE 2013 BUDGET, THE CITY BUDGET, TO THE
PERFORMANCE CONTRACT BUDGET, THERE ARE SOME DIFFERENCES THAT
YOU WILL SEE AND I KNOW THIS HAS COME UP BEFORE, BUT WE MADE SURE
WE HAD A VERY CLEAR AND DESCRIPTIVE ANSWER FOR YOU ON
THIS QUESTION. THE PERFORMANCE CONTRACT BUDGET,
VERY MUCH MIRRORS THE NORFOLK COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARD
DEPARTMENTAL BUDGET WHICH IS WITHIN THE CITY THAT YOU HAVE
ALREADY PASSED WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCLUSIONS.
PART C, INFANT DEVELOPMENT, THOSE AREá-- THE SET-ASIDE FUNDS
THAT WE USED FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES.
THE OFFICE OFFUS TIS PROGRAM, THIS IS A GRANT, THE HUD SHELTER
PLUS GRANT, THROUGH HUD, NOT THE DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH, AND
COMMITMENTS WE HAVE MADE FOR OUR EHR, ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS
IMPLEMENTATION, TRANSITIONING OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR ALIVE,
RESIDENTIALS OPTIONS INCORPORATED, WHICH IS A HOUSING
PROVIDER FOR THE COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARD, AND TARGETED
EXPENDITURE REDUCTION. THE PERFORMANCE CONTRACT IS
REPORTED AND MONITORED. THIS IS REALLY THE OUTCOME BASIS
NOT WORK OF THE COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARD.
TWICE PER YEAR, WE SUBMIT REPORTS TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT.
THERE'S A FINANCIAL SECTION, RECORDS EXPENDITURES MADE
AGAINST EACH REVENUE STREAM. THERE'S A SERVICES SECTION,
TALKS ABOUT BASICALLY OUR PRODUCTIVITY AND OUR
REASONABLENESS, HOW MANY STAFF MEMBERS WE HAVE, DOING WHAT
ACTIVITIES, AND HOW MANY UNITS OF THOSE ACTIVITIES WE'RE
PERFORMING. THEY TAKE ALL THIS INFORMATION,
THEY ROLL IT UP TO A GENERAL REPORT WHERE THEY CAN COMPARE
CSB TO CSB IN EACH MARKET AGAINST EACH OTHER TO SEE IF
WE'REá-- IF ANYONE IS INCONSISTENT.
BACK TO THE QUICK FACTS ON THE BUDGET, THE NORFOLK COMMUNITY
SERVICES BOARD DEPARTMENTAL BUDGET IS JUST UNDER
$26áMILLION, 25.986. THE PERFORMANCE CONTRACT BUDGET
IS 21,839,224, SO THERE IS A DIFFERENCE.
THE LIST OF THE PROGRAMS THAT ARE PROVIDING THOSE DIFFERENCES,
THE INFANTá-- I'M SORRY, THE INFANT PROGRAM IS 1.3 OF THAT.
OFFICE OF JUSTICE IS 39,000, SHELTER PLUS CARE IS 683,000.
THERE'S SOME AMAZING THINGS GOING ON WITH THAT PROGRAM RIGHT
NOW. OUR ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS IS
ACTUALLY LOCAL, LOCAL MONEY, THAT'S $888,000.
THE ROI TRANSITION FUND IS $126,000, AND THEN THERE'S Aá--
A LITTLE BIT OVER AáMILLION DOLLARS THAT'S ACTUALLY CITY
MONEY. WE ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE 10%
MATCH THIS YEAR. THE CITY IS PROVIDING A 23%
MATCH. I THINK THEY WENT THROUGH ISSUES
OF THAT IN THE BUDGET, AND WE ARE AT A 13.8% ADMINISTRATIVE
RATE. I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE WERE VERY
CLEAR, EVEN WITHá-- WE DIDN'T HAVE MUCH TIME THAT THE
PERFORMANCE CONTRACT WAS CREATED AFTER WE CAME INTO THE CITY AND
WANTED TO MAKE SURE, HOWEVER, WE WERE GOING TO MAKE SURE WE
FOCUSED ON THE CITY'S NEEDS AND THE NEW RELATIONSHIP DOES
PROVIDE THAT OPPORTUNITY, AND SO COMING FROM ISSUES THAT COUNCIL
HAD BROUGHT UP, ISSUES THAT WERE REPORTED TO THE MANAGER, WE CAME
TO ENSURE THAT WE WERE GOING TO FOCUS ON FOUR SPECIFIC THINGS
THAT WERE MEETING THE CITIES NEEDS.
ONE AS FOCUS ON VETERANS AND IN A COUPLE MONTHS, WE'LL BE ABLE
TO TALK ABOUT A COUPLE OF THESE PROJECTS WE'RE DOING WITH THAT.
FOCUS ON SUICIDE PREVENTION IN THE SCHOOLS.
TRAINING ON POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER FOR FIRST
RESPONDERS AND COMMUNITY PROVIDERS, AND THEN WE HAVE PUT
FORMALLY IN PLACE THE REQUEST TO MAKE SURE THE COMMUNITY SERVICES
BOARD AND CITY COUNCIL HAVE A FORMAL MEETING IN THE FALL TO
PLAN FOR THE BUDGET FOR THE NEXT YEAR.
THESEá-- THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT WE CAN ACCOMPLISH WHEN WE
HAVE THE MEETING TOGETHER. WE CAN REVIEW PROGRESS ON THE
COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARD STRATEGIC PLAN.
WE CAN REPORT TO YOU PROGRESS ON MEASURES, REVIEW MAJOR SERVICE
AREAS, DISCUSS NEEDS OF THE NORFOLK COMMUNITY TO MAKE SURE
COUNCIL IS BRINGING FORWARD THEIR DESIRES FOR WHAT COMMUNITY
SERVICES DOES IN THE NEXT YEAR, AND THEN MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS
TOGETHER ON STRATEGIES FOR HOW WE WANT TO DESIGN OUR SERVICES
AND WORK THROUGH OUR BUDGET. WE WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE ANY
ADJUSTMENTS TO THE 2014 PERFORMANCE CONTRACT THROUGH
THAT PROCESS. THIS NEXT SLIDE BASICALLY LAYS
OUT THE TIMELINE WE'LL NEED TO FOLLOW TO MAKE SURE WE CAN COME
TO YOU BEFORE THE STATE NEEDS THE PERFORMANCE CONTRACT.
AND BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT TO BE AT THE END OF THE TIMELINE EVERY
YEAR. WE WANT TO HAVE SOME TIME TO
MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE DOING THIS FAR ENOUGH IN ADVANCE AND THIS
IS THE TIMELINE THAT WE NEED TO FOLLOW.
YOU HAVE A COPY OF THAT. PERFORMANCE CONTRACT IS ON THE
DOCKET TONIGHT AND I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS IF YOU HAVE
THEM. >> ANY QUESTIONS?
COUNCIL, ANYONE? [ INAUDIBLE COMMENTS ]
>> SARAH, I THINK THE AUDITOR OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT SEE THE
DOCUMENT WHICHá-- [ INAUDIBLE COMMENTS ]
[ LAUGHTER ] >> THE STATE PRODUCES A DOCUMENT
THAT (INAUDIBLE). DO YOU KNOW WHERE WE STAND ON
THOSE RANKINGS? ONE TIME WE WERE PRETTY LOW AND
YEAR AFTER YEAR, WE TRIED TO PICK IT UP BECAUSE THESE ARE THE
MOSTá-- THESE ARE THE FOLKS WHO NEED OUR HELP MORE THAN ANYBODY.
THESE ARE MENTAL PEOPLE, PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, DRUG
ISSUES, ADDICTION ISSUES, AND AT ONE TIME IT WAS STARTLING TO THE
COUNCIL THAT WE REALLY ON A PER CAPITA BASIS WERE NOT ADDRESSING
THOSE ISSUES VERY WELL. DO YOU HAVE ANY SENSE OF THAT?
>> WE CAN GET THAT, MAYOR. >> WE CAN CERTAINLY GET IT.
>> I THINK THE COUNCIL WOULD WANT TO KNOW, I MEAN, WHEREá--
>> AND JUST FORá--á-- JUST FOR THE TIDEWATER AREA, RIGHT?
>> HOW WE STACK UP. >> AND BEFORE WEá-- I KNOW WE
MOVED YOU UP ABOUT 30 MINUTES AND MY APOLOGIES.
>> I WAS OUT IN THE HALLWAY BECAUSE I DIDN'T WANT TO DISRUPT
YOUR MEETING, BUT I WANT TO THANK STAFF.
THANK YOU. >> MAYOR AND COUNCIL, I WOULD
REMISS IF I DIDN'T MENTION AGAIN, JUST THE WORK OF ANNE
ODELL AND SARAH PAIGE FULLER AND HER STAFF.
IT'S BEEN JUST ALMOST SEAMLESS, THE TRANSITION, AND I'M VERY
APPRECIATIVE OF THE WORKING RELATIONSHIP.
>> OKAY. GOOD ENOUGH.
THANK YOU SO MUCH. DINNER?
I'M SORRY, DINNER, THEN FINISH.