Candidates Answer Question Concerning LPD
Last week, the Leader provided our readers with a question that was asked of the six candidates running for City Council in the May 6 election. Five of those candidates submitted their answers, keeping them to a scant 50 words, which, given the nature of the question, was not easy for any of them. The question addressed last week concerned grants that were recently approved by the Lexington Economic Development Corporation and the candidates’ answers were thoughtful and showed the depth of their concern for the City of Lexington and the wellbeing of her community.
This week, the Leader proposed the following question to the candidates:
The City of Lexington’s Police Department has suffered some pretty tough blows over the last few years. What will you do to improve selection and retention of our officers if you are elected to City Council? Please indicate the priorities you would set for the Police Department.
Their answers, edited to fit the 50 word limitation, are as follows:
Chris Wornell: “I would make sure we were completely staffed and the right budget was set for the department, ensuring they had the proper equipment and resources to perform their job. I would make sure the officers are on the streets, especially school zones, monitoring speeds, ensuring the safety of our children.”
Bobby Wesner: “Selection and retention of officers is the responsibility of our police chief. Council members should work with the chief to insure the safety of our town. The leader of each city department has a job. It is the job of the council to make sure it is done with integrity.”
Garland Moffett: “LPD has suffered significant losses recently in Officers Nurse, West and Flores. We must support officers and provide necessary training. Community safety and trust in our Police are my priorities. With all-time-high revenue and only three complaints in eight months, it is clear we are headed in the right direction!”
Cindy Herklotz: “We should hire qualified police and let them do their job. If they don’t do the job, we can hire others. If they seem to be stepping out of line, then they will be dismissed, but not before. There are police grants available for equipment for which we can apply.”
Tim Brown: “The police department has been plagued with high employee turnover rates, citizen complaints, and a lack of shared information with citizens. The city budget does not allow, in some cases, hiring more experienced officers. I would like our officers to put more emphasis on crime and less on traffic stops.”
Unfortunately, the Leader did not receive an answer from Frank Tillery for this week’s question.
We will again ask the candidates two more important questions concerning the City, the answers to which will be published in the next two issues. The intention is to encourage our readers to take an active role in the City politics and to encourage every eligible voter to go to the polls on election day.