Emergency manager law will be used to cancel police dispatcher contract in Pontiac, Mich.
Pontiac will be the first city where the state’s new Emergency Manager law is used to cancel a labor contract now that the state has approved a plan to void the contract with the city’s police dispatchers.
The move will allow Pontiac Emergency Manager Michael Stampfler to save an estimated $2 million by dissolving the city police force. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Dept. is expected to take over policing the city which has about 65,000 residents.
“We reached the conclusion there really is an impasse,” state Treasurer Andy Dillon, told the Associated Press. “We dug into it pretty deep to make sure his request was worth being approved.”
Two city police unions had already agreed Stampfler’s plan to shut down the department, and he fired the city’s police chief in March as the city moved toward shifting law enforcement responsibility to the sheriff’s department effective July 1.
Michigan police unions have promised legal action over the Emergency Manager law which they claim violates state and federal constitutional prohibits on passing laws to breaks contracts.