On Saturday, June 23rd, the Town Councils of Fairfax and San Anselmo held a joint meeting to discuss the issues related to police consolidation. The meeting was facilitated by former
- Long-term financial effects
- Maintain/improve quality of service
- Buy-in from stakeholders - Council, community, staff, unions
- Explore sharing Town services, starting with Police.
The Councils then listed all of the components a shared service model must have to be accepted and successful. The following ideas were solicited from individual Councilmembers:
1. Save money and not cost more money
2. Equal to or better than current – If more costly, then must be self-supporting, and identify revenue source
3. Maintain 24/7 facility in each Town
4. Maintain/preserve community policing
5. Reflect common goals and beliefs
6. Allow local control by each Town
7. Have the support of staff
8. Fairfax Measure “F” diligence
9. Analysis of the current ordinances and policies of each Town for conformity/differences
10. Analysis to include cost distribution.
Members of the public added the following must have components to the discussion: (1) incorporate green principles/sustainability; and (2) assurance current community-oriented services will continue.
The Councils then listed the following components that a shared service model must not have, which were two items:
1. Must not cost more money
2. No layoffs.
The meeting concluded with the formation of a Joint Shared Services Subcommittee, made up of the following four Council Members –