Both men, he said, are also invested in the community because they have raised their families here.
Middletown Police Officer Jason Wargo, vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 36 that represents officers, said his membership does not see the need for this proposal.
Officers know their leaders have a better understanding of what works and what doesn’t because of their experience in various positions with the department, he said.
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Middletown voters have seen this proposal before and rejected it in 1990. The city’s charter review committee also previously recommended the proposal in 2000 and 2009, but council declined to place it on the ballot in both of those elections.
Middletown resident Wanda Glover, who was a member of the 2009 charter review committee, praised the work of both chiefs and said the proposed change would impede upward advancement for police officers and firefighters because there would be nothing to aspire to.
The charter review committee reviewed 11 proposed amendments and is recommending eight to City Council. They are:
- Removing references to wards from the charter
- Eliminating placing a copy of the city's annual report at the public library
- Eliminating the need for council's advise and consent on the appointment of employees
- Organizational structure of the city to be determined by the city manager
- Placing the police and fire chiefs in unclassified service
- Replace newspaper publication with electronic media
- Removing the Civil Service Commission and Park Board from the charter
- Changing the review of the city charter from every 10 years to every five years
The charter review committee is not recommending the following proposals:
- Reducing the number of council meetings each month
- Right to work amendment
- Mandatory allocation of income tax revenues
Council will give final consideration of the charter proposals and has the option to approve, deny or suggest additional charter amendments at its June 19 meeting.
The proposed charter amendments that are approved will be placed on the Nov. 6 general election ballot for voters to decide.