Public Safety

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 by Michael Kanin

DOJ, city seek order to resolve hiring dispute over firefighters protest

The U.S. Department of Justice and the City of Austin filed a joint motion in U.S. District Court Monday seeking a consent decree to resolve claims that the city has discriminated against African-American and Hispanic firefighter candidates.   In the…

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 by Gene Davis

Public Safety Commission calls proposed APD budget inadequate

Public Safety Commissioners did not attempt to hide their displeasure Monday with the proposed FY 2015 Austin Police Department budget.   APD’s budget plan calls for $307.6 million, which is a $12.2 million increase from FY 2014 and adds funding…

Thursday, May 29, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council members angry over lack of notice on salary overpayment

Members of the Council’s Audit and Finance Committee expressed frustration and disapproval Wednesday over the city’s $239,000 overpayment to a city employee and the failure of City Auditor Kenneth Mory to tell them about it.   Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl…

Friday, May 23, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Council members concerned about handling of employee overpayment

Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole and Council Member Bill Spelman, who both sit on the Council’s Audit and Finance Committee, as well as a local attorney with expertise in employment law, have expressed concern over the city’s handling of an…

Friday, May 16, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council OKs two measures to speed buyouts in flood-prone areas

More than six months have passed since Austin’s Halloween flood. At nearly 1 a.m. Friday, Onion Creek residents gathered at City Hall learned that relief may be in sight in the form of an expanded city buyout program.   Two…

Friday, May 16, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Council accepts DOJ consent decree to settle firefighter hiring issue

With Council Members Mike Martinez and Chris Riley dissenting, Austin City Council members voted Thursday night to move forward with a proposed agreement with U.S. Department of Justice that would settle claims of hiring discrimination that have dogged the department…

Back to Top