Mayor Edna Jackson reacts to police merger veto

Mayor Edna Jackson reacts to police merger veto

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - Like last Friday, Savannah City Council members said the continued police merger negotiations with Chatham County at the end of the day is about public safety.

So to move the City forward in the negotiation process, Mayor Edna Jackson asked that council members vote on a merger agreement that was originally approved by the county back on September.

Mayor Jackson said she's willing to continue to fight to get the fair share of money from the county, but not at the expense of the men and women of the currently merged police department.

The version of the police merger agreement approved by the Chatham County Commission back in September was originally approved by the Savannah City Council, with an amendment to some of the language in that agreement.

Last Thursday, all but councilman Tom Bordeaux, voted to approve the original version of that September agreement, without any changes.

Mayor Edna Jackson explained why she brought it up before the meeting.

"And we have been blamed more than anybody else. And we are the ones that have been giving up the most. Because, in order for us to have a safe community, and I'm not just talking about Savannah, I'm talking about all of Chatham County, the unincorporated area. We have to show that we have to keep politics out of this and think about the people," said Mayor Jackson.

Van Johnson did not participate in the vote because of his employment with the county.

With this vote, the City is agreeing that it will pay its pro-rated share of the police department raises through 2016 and that it will not terminate the agreement at the end of 2015.

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