Monday, November 12, 2007

No One Shows Up

The Detroit Board of Police Commissioners was scheduled to hold a meeting in the Warrendale neighborhood last Thursday at the new NFL/Youth Education Town-Boys & Girls Club. I emphasize the world scheduled in that sentence because, even though the Commission's staff showed up and dozens of community members came out, the commissioners themselves didn't.

This meeting was scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Not one of the commissioners were in attendance at that time.

The commission's vice chairperson, the Rev. Jim Holly, Ph.D., eventually arrived at 7:03 p.m. However, he was the only member of the five member commission to bother attending.

Of course, with only one member of the commission in attendance, they could not conduct any business. As a result, showing up at the meeting was basically a waste of the community's time.

This is not a good precedent to set. Since all five of these commissioners are appointed by Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick, I sincerely hope that the mayor communicates to his appointees that they are expected to show up for meetings.
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