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B. WORK SESSION: Police Auditor Report <br /> <br />City Manager Taylor introduced the new Police Auditor Cristina Beamud. <br /> <br />Ms. Beamud reviewed her activities since her arrival on October 16, 2006. She described her meetings with <br />individuals and groups within City government and many organizations in the community in order to obtain <br />an idea of community concerns and how the office of the Police Auditor could help. She said those with <br />whom she spoke made substantive and positive remarks and emphasized the need for transparency and <br />fairness. She said she had conducted briefings with EPD personnel and would continue the briefings until <br />the entire department had been covered. She intended to do ride-alongs with officers and hold conversations <br />with the Eugene Police Employee Association (EPEA). She was anxious to establish an office, have an <br />ordinance enacted, hire staff, and develop protocols in order to begin her work. <br /> <br />Ms. Beamud said she had met with the mayor and council officers to develop an accountable working <br />relationship. She planned to report to the council periodically in writing and if there were major issues she <br />would reach out to the mayor. She had worked closely with the Police Commission to develop the ordinance <br />framework. She hoped to hire staff in a career development position as it would be helpful to have someone <br />who was familiar with the City’s administrative operations. She was looking at potential office locations <br />and hoped to move into a permanent space shortly after the first of the year. <br /> <br />Ms. Beamud explained that one of the challenges in creating an ordinance was balancing deference to the <br />Police Chief, City Manager, and Police Commission with the need for the auditor to be truly independent. <br />She highlighted several issues that were addressed during her meeting with the Police Commission, <br />including: <br /> <br />? <br /> Definitions section: substituted definitions of “facilitated conversations” and “mediation” for <br />the more generic term “alternative dispute resolution” <br />? <br /> 11(c): language modified to allow administrative investigation during a criminal investigation <br />unless it is determined by the police chief in consultation with the district attorney that the ad- <br />ministrative investigation would jeopardize the criminal investigation. Requires that decision to <br />be rendered in writing. <br /> <br />Ms. Beamud said the revisions to Section 11(c) would provide greater transparency and avoid keeping an <br />officer on paid leave for an extended period of time. She said it would also ensure that questions were <br />answered for the community as quickly as possible. <br /> <br />Mr. Papé asked if the ordinance provisions would apply to any level of criminality. City Attorney Jerome <br />Lidz replied that the ordinance as written would apply to any criminal conduct, including misdemeanors. <br /> <br />Ms. Beamud said she would continue to refine the ordinance language and Section 11(d) would be revised to <br />be consistent with Section 11(c). She pointed out that language in Section 6 had been revised to be <br />consistent with the charter language by allowing up to seven members of the Civilian Review Board (CRB) <br />but not requiring that many. She said the CRB could be a five- or seven-member body and the quorum <br />requirements had been changed accordingly. She said that language recommended by the City Attorney had <br />been selected for Section 11(d) in order to avoid a bargaining problem with the police union. She said the <br />change addressed how information would be presented to the Police Chief in the event there was disagree- <br />ment between a supervisor and the auditor on adjudication of a matter. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—Eugene City Council November 13, 2006 Page 3 <br /> Work Session <br /> <br />