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Springfield City Council debates five-person police commission

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One of the many proposals discussed on Monday's Springfield City Council meeting was the possible new role of Springfield's police commissioner.

The council debated a proposal to bring back a five-member commission to oversee the police department.

Under the proposal, the mayor-appointed commission would regularly meet and would oversee department policy, hiring, promotions and discipline.

"Those decisions belong in a public forum, so our intent of a police commission is to facilitate those discussions," said City Council President Michael Fenton.

Fenton supports the idea of a commission as a whole rather than one person at the head of the controls.

It's ultimately in the hands of Mayor Domenic Sarno, who would vote the proposal into law if passed by the council.

Sarno is opposed of the idea saying it would be "dead on arrival" on his desk if passed.

Fenton said if Sarno chooses to veto the proposal, the council then would look towards a veto override.

On Monday night, city council members voted to send the proposal to the committee and to seek legal advice from the law department.

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