Covered by Documenter Lauren Hakim (notes)
Positions to fill
Cleveland City Council is getting a head start on budget season by conducting reviews of how city departments operate. The Safety Committee’s Oct. 11 review of the Cleveland police confirmed that the city has still not filled all the officer positions that were budgeted for.
Although fewer jobs are filled now than at the end of 2022, fewer officers have left the force, officials said. In 2022, 168 officers left, as opposed to 133 so far in 2023.
There was another budget upset revealed during the committee’s review: According to Daniel Fay, deputy chief of administrative operations, the city has spent $20 million on overtime for officers. Only $13 million was budgeted.
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Policy Matters Ohio, represented at the meeting by Bree Easterling, updated advocacy efforts for a community-focused approach to address the ongoing mental health and substance use crises in Cleveland.