The Westwood Council voted to delay the adoption of a long-awaited set of new rules governing police promotions this week so they could further tweak the draft.
The council voted 4-3, with a tie-breaking vote from Mayor John Birkner, to make a few more changes and hold the vote until their November 12 meeting. It has been almost a year since the council first voted against a change in the promotion rules.
The new version would extend a waiver for officers seeking promotions who don't have degrees an extra year, from 2015 to 2016, if they have worked for the department prior to 2002.
A new section of the proposed rules also adds a process for officers to appeal the ranking of candidates for promotion. Officers would have 10 days to make an appeal to the chief, who would consider them on a case-by-case basis.
The new version of the ordinance can be viewed online here. The council is expected to vote on it at their November 12 meeting, at 8 p.m. in the municipal building.