May 27, 2010

Police contract approval runs afoul of open-meeting law

Laws work best when they're followed:

Metro Police’s Fiscal Affairs Committee signed off Monday on a one-year contract for police officers. In doing so it appears to have broken a new state law that requires a public hearing before public-employee contracts are approved.

“We screwed up,” said Steve Sisolak, one of two Clark County commissioners on the board that oversees the police department’s budget. “I think we have to bring it back for a vote.”

I'm inclined to agree with the Chamber of Commerce that this was just a simple oversight, especially since Steve Sisolak has been a consistent champion of transparency in union negotiations.

It should serve though as a reminder to always be on the lookout for open meeting violations. You can be sure Metro wasn't going to bring it up.