Public to Weigh In on Bay Village Police Layoffs

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BAY VILLAGE, Ohio— Bay Village city leaders, faced with a tight budgetary situation, are discussing the layoff of three police officers.

But city council members who favor the cuts are running into strong opposition from the mayor and the police patrol union.

Council members met with Mayor Debbie Sutherland and the city’s police chief behind closed doors Tuesday evening.

Later, Sutherland told Fox 8 News, “We had very extensive discussions with our city council that lasted over two hours. There has not been a change in the decision. The chief and I are still working very diligently to prevent any cutbacks in the police department.”

Anne Jindra-Smith of the police patrol union said of the possibility of three layoffs, “That’s a twenty percent reduction to the number of officers out there responding to calls, pulling over drunk drivers, doing community policing programs, that kind of thing.”

The union believes public safety in Bay Village would be compromised with fewer officers on the streets.

A community meeting to receive public input on the issue will be held on Monday night.