There has been some reporting in the local media this week about a bill that was advanced and passed in the NC House of Representatives. It seeks to create Civil Service Review Boards for the cities of Greensboro and Winston-Salem.
When a city employee is fired or demoted, he or she could then appeal to this Board. A lawsuit in state Superior Court would be the last resort.
The Board would be comprised of people appointed by the respective City Council; the police chief and fire chief; and city employees. The final person on the Board would be appointed by the other Board members.
This bill seemed to come out of nowhere, but we are informed that it has been percolating for a while. If passed by the Senate, it will not require the governor’s signature since it is a local bill.
What drove this effort? The news reports I have seen are fairly silent on this question.
However, I wonder if the virulent, rampant anti-police sentiment that abounds is the driver. The city of Greensboro in particular is full of hate-filled people and activists who are eager to exact revenge on police officers who are doing their jobs.
The inclination to politicize police incidents– and for City Council members to throw aboard police officers in response to these awful forces– has crippled the local police department. It faces enormous recruitment challenges.
Perhaps the thinking is that this Board will give officers a more fair shake. But if it is comprised of people from the city of Greensboro who maintain some degree of local civic involvement, I wonder if that will be the case. This is, after all, a city that resides on the extreme left end of the ideological spectrum.