Fischer Announces Settlement of Police Take-Home Cars
Wednesday March 2, 2011
Joined by Police Chief Robert White and FOP President David Mutchler, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer today announced an agreement ending litigation on a lawsuit involving police take-home cars.
Under the settlement, proposed by Fischer with input from the FOP, only police officers who use their cars for secondary employment, such as security at churches and private events, will be charged a nominal fee to reimburse the city for gas.
Officers who do not use their take-home cars for secondary jobs will be allowed to keep and use their cars at no charge. The agreement was approved last night by members of the River City Fraternal Order of Police.
“I believe that having police cars, both marked and unmarked, parked in our neighborhoods leads to a safer city,” Fischer said. “My style in business, and as mayor, has been and will be to negotiate, rather than litigate. I believe that we get much further by discussing and addressing concerns and issues over coffee, rather than in court.”
Since the city, under a previous administration, began charging fees to take-home cars, that money has been placed in escrow. About $890,000 that has been collected thus far will be returned to police officers. The city has kept a log of exactly how much individual officers have paid and they will be reimbursed accordingly.
Fischer said the city hopes to have those checks distributed within the next week.