At tonight’s emergency meeting of the Providence City Council, councilors reviewed a proposed ordinance laying out new procedures and accountability in the event of mass terminations in the city. The proposed law was read into the record, discussed, and referred to the Finance Committee for further consideration.
“The City Council encourages all Providence employees to get vaccinated. I’m pleased and relieved no police officers were fired today. Our city neighborhoods are safer and more secure as a result. From the beginning, this action was about maintaining public safety and the risk to our city from potentially firing more than 70 police officers. The Council will monitor the situation closely and make sure the mayor and his administration have a concrete plan should they consider a mass firing of officers in the days and weeks ahead.