Below are the news briefs from the Tallahassee City Commission meeting that took place on October 12, 2022.
Of the numerous presentations that took place issuing proclamations, Mayor John Dailey presented a proclamation officially declaring October “LGBTQ+ History Month” in the City of Tallahassee.
“WHEREAS, this month, we honor the resilience of the LGBTQ+ community, who are fighting to live authentically and freely. We reaffirm our belief that LGBTQ+ rights are human rights. And we recommit to delivering protections, safety, and equality to LGBTQ+ families in the city of Tallahassee.”
The commission heard an annual report presentation from Edward Gaines, Chairman of the Citizens Police Review Board (CPRB), and he offered his thanks to Tallahassee Police Chief Lawrence Revell for transparency and hearing out recommendations from the board.
After Gaines concluded his remarks, which can be watched here, Commissioner Dianne Williams-Cox proposed an option of removing members from the CPRB board if they are displaying bias.
“I think we need to consider, in addition to being able to remove board members, if they consistently display bias against the police or against the community…and I’m understanding that you had a board member who had a cup on the table that said ‘F*** the police,’” Williams-Cox said. “I wasn’t aware of that until it was shared with me. That, to me, says that there is a bias.”
Williams-Cox concluded her comments on this specific example by saying, “There is no place for that in what we’re trying to do in the City of Tallahassee.”
Commissioner Jeremy Matlow commented on Williams-Cox’s proposed recommendation of having an option to remove board members for bias by saying:
“A community police review board should represent all aspects of our community. There are people in our community that think the police can do no wrong and would fly ‘Blue Lives Matter’ flags, there’s people in our community that don’t trust the police at all, that would never call the police for help, that would never call when they have information about something. All of those perspectives matter. … I’m not interested in getting to a sanitized board that just regurgitates what we want to hear. We need to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly.”
The commission approved an agreement between the City and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to “perform right of way maintenance services for the mowing and litter removal along state roadways within the city limits, and the installation of flowering annuals on Apalachee Parkway.” The total cost that FDOT will reimburse the City is $564,802.
The commission passed an amendatory ordinance that clarifies what happens if an unmarried police officer is killed in the line of duty regarding his or her pension. The clarifying statement says, “In the event the police officer who is killed in the line of duty is unmarried at the time of death, the lump sum provision shall prevail and be paid to the said named beneficiary on file with the pension administrator.”
The full meeting can be viewed here.