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November 23, 2017

Emergency service members want to recall city leaders


Emergency service members want to recall city leaders

Brett Rains Multimedia Photojournalist Emergency service members want to recall city leaders Police and Firefighters in Fort Smith want to…


Emergency service members want to recall city leaders

Police and Firefighters in Fort Smith want to replace their city leaders.

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WEBVTT CITY LEADERS.40/29’S BRETT RAINS TELLS USWHY.HE’S LIVE IN FORT SMITH.BRETT: THE PRESIDENT OF THEFRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE ANDrtAS WELL AS THE PROFESSIONALFIREFIGHTERS BOTH SAY FORT SMITHrtNEEDS NEW LEADERS AND THE FIRSTPERSON THEY’RE GOING AFTER ISCITY DIRECTOR MIKE LORENZ.>> THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICErtFEELS THAT SOME OF THE BOARD OFDIRECTORS HAVE NOT LISTENED TOTHE CONCERNS THAT THE POLICECHIEF HAS BROUGHT TO THEM.MIKE: FOR THE FOP’S 150 MEMBERS,rtIT’S CONCERNS LIKE LOW OFFICERNUMBERS, AGING EQUIPMENT THATNEEDS REPLACING, AND PAY RAISES.>> WE JUST CAN’T RETAIN OFFICERSAND RECRUIT OFFICERS AT THE RATEWE’RE LOSING THEM.>> I’M JUST THE VOICE FOR MYrtMEMBERS, AND MY MEMBERS WANT ITKNOWN THAT THEY’RE FED UP, ANDTHAT’S WHY WE HAVE SO MANYLErtAVING THE DEPARTMENT.WE HAVE NOT BEEN TO FULLSTAFFING IN PROBABLY CLOSE TOTWO YEARS.MIKE: THE PROFESSIONALFIREFIGHTERS ASSOSCIATION HAS120 MEMBERS.BOTH ORGANIZATIONS SAY THEIRVOTES WERE OVERWHErtLMINGLY INFAVOR OF PETITIONING TO RECALLSOME CITY DIRECTORS. THEY’RE STARTING WITH WARD 3CITY DIRECTOR MIKE LORENZ.WE ASKED HIM ABOUT THE CONCERNS.rtMR. LORENZ: THERE HAVEN’T BEENRAISES FOR THE LAST TWO YEARSFOR ANY DEPARTMENT, NOT JUST THEPOLICE DEPARTMENT.THAT IS SOMETHING THAT IS ABOARrtD PRIORITY. MIKE: ACCORDING TO THE CITYCLERK, 2,494 SIGNATURES FROMWARD 3 RESIDENTS ARE REQUIRED TOFORCE A RECALL VOTE.LORENZ SAYS HE’S ALWAYS TRIED TODO WHAT’S BEST FOR THE CITY.rtMR. LORENZ: THAT’S MY DESIRE ANDALWAYS HAS BEEN AS A DIRECTOR,IS TO DO WHAT EVER I CAN TO MAKErtFORT SMITH A BETTER PLACE AND TOENSURE IT’S FINANCIALLY SOUNDFOR THE LONG TERM, FOR OUREMPLOYEES AND OUR CITIZENS.rtBRETT: THE POLICE ANDFIREFIGHTERS ORGANIZATIONS SAYTHEY’VE HEARD FROM SEVERALPEOPLE WHO WANT TO RUN FOR THEWARD 3 POSITION.rtTODAY THEY WERE NOT LISTINGNAMES.THEY WERE ALSO NOT NAMING WHICH

Emergency service members want to recall city leaders

Police and Firefighters in Fort Smith want to replace their city leaders.

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Emergency service members want to recall city leaders

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