Metro Council Public Safety Committee chairs call upon Mayor to audit MetroSafe
Tuesday March 15, 2011
For Immediate release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Stephen Haag 574-1204/645-1752
Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
Following the failure to activate emergency warning sirens this past Monday and growing concerns over personnel, the Metro Council’s Public Safety Committee Chair and Vice Chair have formally requested Mayor Greg Fischer audit the emergency management agency MetroSafe.
The request follows two committee meetings during the month of March.
“Our chief responsibility is to ensure public safety, and we take that charge very seriously. There have been numerous concerns with the operation of one of our city’s most critical departments and we look forward to a long overdue top-to-bottom review of MetroSafe” says Councilman James Peden (R-23), who chairs the Committee.
The letter asks for a review of the agency in line with audits currently going on with Public Works, Metro animal Services and Planning and Design. The Committee applauded the Mayor’s review effort and asks that a similar process be given a high priority.
“Public safety is the number one priority of Metro Government,” says Councilman David James, Vice Chair of the Committee. “We have heard of problems at MetroSafe from Police, Fire, EMS and MetroSafe employees, so a full review may resolve some lingering concerns.”
Emergency Management Director Doug Hamilton appeared before the Public Safety Committee to discuss the recent problem with siren notification from the National Weather Service during severe weather in the area on Monday, February 28th. Concerns about personnel and training arose during the Contracts and Appointments Committee meeting that same week.
“I think such an audit is the next step to assuring the public that we on the Metro Council and the Mayor take these issues seriously,” says Councilman David Yates (D-25) who is a member of the Committee.
James Peden (R) 23
David James (D) 6
David Yates (D) 25