“We tried to get a good mix of people,” McGinnis said, “and I think we were really successful.”
The purpose of information sessions was to gather as much community input as possible before making a recommendation to City Council about the next step for public safety.
“We have pressure to cooperate with neighboring jurisdictions and even greater pressure due to restricted future revenue,” McGinnis said. “Giving the public what they want starts with asking the public what they expect.”
McGinnis said community advocate Gordon Ritter is serving as the moderator during the focus groups. Ritter asked questions such as what people expect out of the public safety department and what kinds of leadership traits would be expected out of a new director.
Ritter said he was chosen to moderate the discussions because he wasn’t directly connected to the situation.
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