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NO RUSH? In a classic City of North Adams fashion I cant help but laugh at reading this article. I have always wondered why such hypocritical statements can be made without expecting some recourse from the community. On one hand we hear the importance of a Commissioner and then we hear that we may need a Chief, but this is all based on cost at the moment. Our committee has been tasked for nearly a year to provide the pros and cons of each and thus far publicly we have heard the obvious: "other communities have Chiefs there must be a reason"-Excellent work and observation!
I would like to ask this, if a decision had been made prior to year end or now a strict deadline of May 15, we as a community could have discussed the pros and cons and if a decision was made we potentially could have utilized Mr. Morocco during his time that he has remained to assist in that transition and educating whoever may be chosen.
A crazy concept I know, but I thought it may make sense since he is so experienced and appears to be willing to assist the community in this process. However, I am sure with the Director, Lieutenant, Sergeants and the 4 Detectives at the top of the chain for the Police Department that there will be excellent direction given.
Stop making the public think this is a Police Department/Fire Department issue when there are many other departments involved and ultimately its a City Management Restructure when you consider the other agencies involved.
Having a commissioner of Public Safety makes about as much sense as having fire department pull boxes on telephone poles!! oh wait, we do!!! Two examples of how North Adams is so far behind the times. Pull boxes were great in the day before land line telephones were the norm (now people are getting rid of that antiquated technology) I am not anti- public safety at all, on the contrary, I am pro public safety and I support the re-distributing of this salary to the PD & FD when Mr. Morocco officially is off the job.
Both Director's in each department (PD & FD) are more than capable of assuming the roles of Chief. Additionally, North Adams isn't big enough to justify "one" person (commissioner) dealing with the Mayor. The size of North Adams barely exceeds the size of Williamstown & Adams, two towns with volunteer fire departments.
Editor: This was a committee meeting and the rules are more casual. Ms. Breen Kirsch and Councilor Blackmer, who is not a member of the committee, were invited to sit at the table. Board and committees have rules, not laws.