DETROIT (WXYZ) — They have the authority to make important decisions on how the city of Detroit is run, but some say members of the charter revision commission are instead using their time in meetings to carry out personal attacks.
A contemptuous meeting last Saturday has since been re-aired multiple times on the city’s cable channel. In the meeting, police can be seen coming out and ordering the crowd not to approach the board.
“I cannot have anyone approach these guys in the manner you have been doing it,” one officer said to an angry crowd.
Board Chairwoman Carol Weaver confirms that threats and obscenities were flying during the tumultuous episode on Detroit’s east side. Two of the board members who continued to yell publicly, have been identified as Nicole Small and JoAnna Underwood.
“It’s disappointing and shows they have a political IQ of zero. It’s a waste of taxpayer money,” says former commissioner Reggie “Reg” Davis.
Davis says members are being paid for each meeting and owe it to citizens to improve upon their conduct.
Chairwoman Weaver tells us the board is working to move forward in a more respectful and constructive way. Other board members have not responded to our requests for comment.
Former commissioner Davis says if the fighting doesn’t stop, he’ll be taking this straight to City Council for a resolution to replace the board.