Legal Battle Looms Over Springfield Police Commission
A potential legal battle is brewing between the city council in Springfield, Massachusetts, and Mayor Domenic Sarno over the resurrection of the city's police commission.
For the second time in a couple of years, the council this week voted to bring back the police commission, overriding a mayoral veto.
Sarno called the commission system "antiquated." He said he plans to do the same thing he did when the council passed a similar ordinance in 2016.
"Nothing. Nothing. Absolutely nothing," the mayor said Tuesday. "It is illegal, and cannot be done as my city solicitor has indicated."
The latest ordinance is slightly different from the 2016 version. It gives the mayor full authority to select the members of a potential police commission.