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Residents can ask questions, share ideas at two listening sessions April 7 and 14

PMG FILE PHOTO - The city of West Linn is asking for community feedback ahead of police union bargaining.The city of West Linn will host two listening sessions to hear from the community about police policy before heading into contract negotiations with the Clackamas County Peace Officers Association, the union that represents West Linn officers.

The City Council, leadership from the police department and the city's labor attorney, Steven Schuback, will host the meetings to hear from the community and to provide insight on the bargaining process.

The city is curious to hear input from the community "to ensure the collective bargaining agreement and agency best meet the needs and priorities of the community," according to the meeting agenda.

The sessions will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, and Wednesday, April 14. Community participants will be allowed five minutes to share their thoughts.

West Linn's bargaining with CCPOA will be partially open to the public this year for the first time. Community members will be allowed to sit in on every other bargaining session beginning April 19.

Recommendations from the OIR Group, in a scathing report of the city's Michael Fesser investigation released in December, emphasized the importance of community involvement in policing matters.


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