Here's a bit more about today's weird flex that's mostly just another bit of local hype pushed by the newspaper . . .
This isn't such a groundbreaking request and the Mayor has every right to serve as the leader of the police board as well.
In fact . . .
There's nothing in the rules that says a Mayor of KCMO can't also run the police board.
However . . .
MAYOR Q'S POWER MOVE IS MOSTLY JUST FLEXING IN FAVOR OF 'LOCAL CONTROL' OF KANSAS CITY'S POLICE!!!
Because they've done such a bang up job with the water department, public works and aviation.
Here's the other side of the story . . .
Because of mayors’ time constraints, they usually do not serve as police board president.
In a letter to the board, Lucas said commissioners had made great strides in approving a police budget that calls for pay raises and hiring more officers and 911 call takers. And his schedule, he said, offers him the flexibility to be added to the rotation as president.
“I think it’s just the right thing to do to make sure that the people of Kansas City have a voice,” Lucas said. “I look at this in a friendly way, in terms of, it’s important that we work together and it’s important that the different voices are heard.”
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com links . . .
KANSAS CITY, Mo (KCTV) -- Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas is fighting to get mayors more power within the city's police board. "I think it makes a lot of sense," says Sly James, a former Kansas City Mayor. From 2011 to 2019 James was in the same position as current Mayor Lucas on the board of police commissioners- just a board member.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Mayor Quinton Lucas says he wants a chance at becoming the next president of the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners. He said typically when then board votes on a new president, the mayor isn't considered. But he'd like to see that change in 2023 when the current board president Mark Tolbert's tenure ends.
Developing . . .