URBANA – Only one person who was not a police officer had a seat at the negotiation table for the 2023-2026 Police Union Contract.
Interim Police Chief Richard Surles and Elizabeth Hannan, HR and Chief Finance Officer represented the people of Urbana. Meanwhile, the Police Union bargaining team consisted of Brian Ingram (Police Sergeant and FOP President), Adam Marcotte (Police Investigator and FOP Vice President), Jeremy Hale (Police Sergeant and FOP Secretary), and Colby Wright (Police Sergeant and FOP treasurer).
Members of the public have been raising their concerns regarding the proposed contract since it was brought forward at City Council on December 19, 2022.
Among the issues brought up were the lack of transparency, rushed timeline of the contract negotiation process, lack of requirements for police accountability, restrictions to the Urbana Civilian Police Review Board (CPRB) oversight, and violation of the Urbana Human Rights Ordinance.
After several weeks of silence by Council, the contract will be brought forward once again at the City Council Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, March 6, 2023.