LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Following a 22-4 no-confidence vote Thursday night, Louisville’s Metro Council has given Mayor Greg Fischer a long list of ways he can restore trust with the community.
Council President David James and Councilmember Markus Winkler wrote a resolution to present at the council meeting, removing language that council members did not have confidence in Fischer and wanted him to resign. Instead, the amended resolution said the council is “expressing concerns in the leadership of Mayor Greg Fischer and urging improved partnership with Metro Council to address the issues affecting the city of Louisville.”
The proposed resolution lists how Fischer can regain trust with the city, including:
- Advance policies promoting homeownership without displacement and building wealth in the most impoverished census tracts
- Develop a plan to present to the council that includes: strategies to aggressively increase the number of affordable housing units in the county; reduce/freeze property taxes to protect longtime residents who live in areas at risk of gentrification; limit large scale development; create a stabilization voucher program
- Aggressively lobby for eviction prevention in Kentucky General Assembly
- Demand action in Frankfort to address “systemic racial and socioeconomic inequality in the criminal justice system”
- Ensure complete investigative findings into the killings of Breonna Taylor, David McAtee and subsequent civil unrest are shared publicly after they are concluded
- The findings include a review of events, decisions of what led to those events, and policy review
- Also “allow for a detailed question and answer session by members of the council and media”
- Make available any and all metro staff and cooperate with the council’s investigation
- Provide a “public accounting” of all pending PIU and PSU investigations to “ensure their expedient resolution”
- Conduct future press briefings in person
- Complete the top-to-bottom review of LMPD by the end of the year
- After the top-to-bottom review, engage the public in the review of policies and push state leaders on both sides of the aisle for reforms; put policies in place that change the culture of LMPD, promote community engagement, and support officers who identify and report potential peer misconduct
- Finalize the Fraternal Order of Police, or FOP, contract by the end of the year
- Put in place recruiting practices to ensure “demographic make-up of LMPD represents diversity of the Metro” by Nov. 1, 2022
- Create a program to incentivize officers to live in Jefferson County
- Improve communication and collaboration with the Council, including the planning phases of key initiatives, consultation on major personnel decisions and regular engagement with individual Council members
- Review all leadership appointments, including feedback from the council, and make needed changes by the end of the year
- Conduct and publish a study of Metro Government employee demographic make-up. Implement processes to recruit and hire new staff by the end of the year
- Enhance code enforcement by prioritizing high impact areas and searching for and addressing code violations by the end of the year
- Prioritize infrastructure spending across the county by need
- Hire a Louisville Metro Ombudsman and Community Relations Director to address online complaints, work with social and civic organizations and collaborate with protesters to establish solutions for addressing perceived or actual injustices
- Create and hire and director-level position within Louisville Forward to look at economic development within disadvantaged or at-risk areas of the community
The resolution comes after Metro Council Republicans filed a no-confidence resolution in August. The no-confidence resolution advanced out of the committee last week with a 3-3 vote.
Fischer responded to the council’s vote in a video message, posted on Twitter.
“With the benefit of hindsight, I see that, given the choice of two difficult paths, I’ve sometimes taken the wrong one,” Fischer said. “I sometimes failed to recognize quickly enough where changes needed to be made. And tonight’s vote makes clear I have not fostered a productive relationship with all of council that is necessary to avoid silos and distractions. I apologize for this because what’s also clear is this: we have enormous challenges ahead and to move forward, we need to pull together.”
Watch the meeting below.