decides not to decide.
Mayor Bill LaFortune
announced today he's going to wait until after the election to decide what he'll do with Police Chief
is on suspension and could either be fired or reinstated, but the mayor
says it would be too political to make the decision now.
News on 6 reporter Emory Bryan says while under intense political pressure to do something about crime, LaFortune
suspended Chief Been
two weeks before the primary.
Now a week before the general election, he says the decision on what to do next should wait.
Myor Bill LaFortune
says, "I have not and will not allow politics to play a role in something as important as public safety. It would irresponsible to act one week before the election."
"Obviously no action could be taken, including this one, that would not be seen as being political," says former mayor
al candidate Chris Medlock.
Medlock didn't think Been
should have been suspended, and agrees Mayor LaFortune
shouldn't make the next decision this close to an election.
Medlock says, "In the discussions I've had with him with regards to Chief Been
, I've advised him to take a cautious approach so I think now he is listening to the people who have been advising him over the last few weeks."
Just before the primary, the Oklahoma Poll found that 55% of voters believed the suspension was politically motivated, 24% weren't sure and only 13% thought it was appropriate.
The police chief thinks it's politics too. In the report, Been
is quoted as saying of the acting chief "he got me, he finally got me."
The report's author told of office politics dividing the departments leadership.
And in that report, Lafortune's Chief
of Staff Clay Bird quotes - an aide to congressman John Sullivan - telling LaFortune
"[the suspension] could cost him the election."
The final decision on the chief could be LaFortune
's or Kathy Taylor's - pending on who wins the election.
Her campaign declined comment on the mayor
's decision to wait.