#3 of The Ford Files: Oppo on St. Pete’s most dangerous candidate

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This is the third in a new series called “The Ford Files.” 

“The Ford Files” details several of the black marks on mayoral candidate Kathleen Ford’s political record, including today’s feature when …

Ford requested an evaluation of disbanding the St. Petersburg Police Department.

“The memo that accompanies Ford’s request says she wants each council subcommittee to review ‘consolidation of police force with Pinellas Sheriff’s Office; contract for full police service with the Pinellas Sheriff’s Office; and contract for partial service (e.g. vice narcotics, prostitution, auto burglaries, auto thefts, domestic violence).’ … 

“… In a memo, City Attorney Michael Davis said the council can ask for a management review. But he warned that under a strict reading of the city charter, only the mayor can initiate discussions about contracting or consolidating police services.

‘It is inappropriate and a potential charter violation, however, for Council or Committees of the Council to independently examine the pros and cons of doing so,’ Davis wrote.” — St. Petersburg Times, 12/7/99ford file - #3

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