Public Safety Commission

Additional Page(s)

Contact:

Butch Hawkins, Chair

Address:

14 Court Square, Greenfield, MA 01301

 

Meeting Schedule: Last Wednesday of each month. 5:00 PM Police Dept. Meeting Room

Next meeting:

  • Wed, Oct 5 at 4:00 PM -- Police Dept. Meeting Room

Members

5 of 5 seats. 3 years each seat.

  • Michelle Laurie, Vice Chair. December, 2024.
  • Susan White, Secretary. June, 2023.
  • Butch Hawkins, Chair. December, 2024.
  • Adam J. Provost. December, 2022.
  • Frederick Clark. June, 2023.
TOWN OF GREENFIELD CHARTER SECTION 6-11: PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION

(a) There shall he a Public Safety Commission consisting of five (5) members, all of whom shall be residents and registered voters of the Town, appointed by the Mayor subject to provisions of section 2-10.

(b) The commission shall elect annually at the first meeting in each calendar year a chairperson, vice chairperson and a secretary who shall keep a record of its meetings.

(c) The members shall serve 3-year staggered terms. Commission members shall serve without compensation.

(d) Powers and Duties: The commission shall assist the Mayor in the supervision and oversight of the police and fire departments, including the coordination of the administration of both departments with one another, and with other Town departments and agencies by making recommendations to the Mayor concerning:
  1. Setting priorities within said departments;
  2. The annual operating budgets of both departments, after the Mayor and commission have met with the chiefs to discuss the proposed budgets;
  3. The capital budget requests of both departments, after the Mayor and the commission have met with the chiefs to discuss the requests, provided, however, that commission members may only inspect the departments on an annual basis in connection with the budget review or in relation to a written complaint from the public. (Inspections shall be made only after approval from the chief has been obtained to insure it will not unduly disrupt department operations.)
  4. Final interviews for appointments and promotions of officers and men and women, in the police and fire department, shall be conducted by the commission and the chief. The chief shall submit his recommendations to the commission and the commission, if it does not agree with said recommendations, shall submit written reasons for not concurring with said recommendations to the Mayor. Appointments and promotions of public safety personnel shall be made in accordance with Civil Service Law and General Laws, and local hiring policy requirements as defined by the Mayor, respectively.
(e) The commission shall review written complaints made by the public concerning:

The operation of the police and fire departments, and the conduct of employees of both departments.
 
All written complaints received shall be forwarded to the chief of the department to which they relate and the chief shall investigate or cause to be investigated said complaints and submit his findings and recommendations, in connection therewith, that he deems appropriate.
 
The commission shall adopt such rules and regulations, consistent with this ordinance, the civil service statute and police and fire collective bargaining agreements, as it deems necessary to establish procedures to be followed in filing of written complaints by the public, investigating complaints and holding hearings concerning complaints made to it regarding the operation of the police or fire department and the conduct and officers and employees of each department. Citizen complaints shall be considered part of the employee's personnel file.
 
The commission shall apply the principle of progressive discipline, except those instances where more severe punishment is warranted.
 
(f) Meetings.

1. The Commission shall meet on a regular basis.
2. Special meetings may be called by the Mayor, Chairman of the Commission or majority vote of the Commission,
3. Minutes shall be kept of all public meetings,
4. The Commission may establish its own rules of procedure including those governing the conduct of its meetings.

(g) In the event of a vacancy, the Mayor shall make an appointment for the balance of said term subject to Town Council approval pursuant to section 2-10.
 
(h) No member of the Commission shall be an employee of the police department or fire department, nor shall any member of his or her family be an employee or retired member of the police or fire department within sixty (60) months of his or her retirement date.  "Family member" shall mean father, mother, spouse, child, stepchild, grandchild, brother, sister, bother-in-law, sister-in-law, nephew, and niece.
 
(i) Commission members shall be special municipal employees.

Previous meetings:

Calendar of Events
Tue, Oct 4, 2022, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
14 Court Square, 2nd Fl Meeting Room
Posted to: Assessor’s Office
Tue, Oct 4, 2022, 6:00 pm
via Zoom (link will be posted on the agenda)
Posted to: City Council
Wed, Oct 5, 2022, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Police Dept. Meeting Room
Posted to: Public Safety Comm.