Akron Voters Approve New Policies for Police Body Camera Footage, City Hiring Practices
More than 80 percent of Akron voters said yes to a slate of six changes to the city’s charter on Election Day.
One measure expands the release of police body camera footage from use-of-force incidents. Mayor Dan Horrigan says it’s a good example of his administration’s desire to be more transparent.
“It’s not the first thing on people’s minds, but I think people want to have a government that represents them and is accountable and transparent to what their thoughts and what they’re feeling [is] – and that’s what we’ve been trying to push since I got here.”
Another measure expands the number of people the city can interview for a job based on their civil service test. Horrigan says that will increase diversity in hiring.
The six amendments are further explained at the city's website.
Issue 2: Transparency of Police Use of Force Recordings
Issue 3: Human Resources Modernization
Issue 4: Purchasing Reform
Issue 5: Veterans and Residency Preference Points
Issue 6: Council Administrative Updates
Issue 7: Deadline for Initiatives/Referendums/Charter Amendments