To the Editor:
This letter is directed to Ward 3 Lebanon City Councilor William Farmer. I am addressing this letter to you, since you run the City Council and tell the other City Council Members how to vote.
I can tell you how you and the City Council can save $109,622 without hurting anyone -- do away with the office of Police Commissioner. We have a very competent Police Chief and Fire Chief. None of the other cities in Middle Tennessee have a Police Commissioner. Lebanon has a population of 24,812. Murfreesboro has a population of 100,572 and no Police Commissioner, and they have public housing to patrol. Clarksville has a population of 119,284, no Police Commissioner, and they have public housing to patrol. Gallatin has a population of 23,917 and they do not have a Police Commissioner, and they have public housing to patrol. Columbia has a population of 33,123 and no Police Commissioner and has public housing to patrol. Brentwood has a population of 35,000 and no Police Commissioner. Smyrna has a population of 33,123 and no Police Commissioner.
No city in Middle Tennessee has a Police Commissioner except Lebanon. Just think, we are paying $109,622 for a position that we don’t need and that no other city in Middle Tennessee is paying for.
Why don't you ask the Commissioner to retire and do away with that position? Mayor Craighead, you don't do this because of political payback for the Police Department supporting you in your race for Mayor! Are you really wanting to save the City of Lebanon money or is it politics as normal? Think about it.
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