The union representing Toledo police patrolmen called on Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson to consider seriously the no-confidence vote cast by firefighters against Chief Luis Santiago, reports The Toledo Blade.
“We sent a letter to the mayor saying that we agree that if their membership took such an important vote, they shouldn’t have their needs summarily dismissed,” said Toledo Police Patrolman’s Association President Dan Wagner. The letter, dated May 26, said the TPPA stands in solidarity with the firefighters union.
“When the rank and file lose confidence in their leaders, public safety is jeopardized for citizens and for those on the front line,” it said. “It would be unwise to summarily dismiss the voice of those who protect and serve.”
Mr. Wagner said many police officers have detected a decrease in morale among firefighters.
Chief Santiago previously told The Blade he believed the vote followed a disagreement with a small faction of the department.
Mayor Hicks-Hudson, before the Local 92 vote, released a statement praising the chief and the department, one of 207 fully accredited fire departments in the country.
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