The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners is responsible for administering all entry-level police and fire examinations, and also for administering all promotional police and fire examinations. As a result of these examinations, the Board recommends candidates for hire to the City Manager. The City Manager has the authority to suspend, remove or discharge from duty any member of the Police Department or Fire Department; the Board holds hearings of appeal on these actions when requested by the aggrieved party. The Board also has the authority to uphold, reverse or modify the action of the City Manager. The Board has no authority in disciplinary matters involving Police Officers and Firefighters other than to serve as an appeal board from any disciplinary action taken by the City Manager.
Composition: 5 members appointed by the Mayor, with the consent of the Council. Chairman elected by other members of the Board. Three year terms (CRC 1-14G-2)
Members of the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners are:
Harvey Welch Jr. (Chair)
Jack Whitlock (Vice Chair)