Springfield Civilian Police Commission

The hiring, firing and disciplinary power over Springfield Police Officers could be headed back into the hands of civilians. The Springfield City Council is set to vote Monday night on whether to establish a civilian police commission, an idea opposed by Mayor Domenic Sarno. Springfield used a civilian police commission until 2005, when a state-run financial control board disbanded it. Springfield City Councilor Rep. Bud Williams and City Councilor Timothy Ryan, who brought up the measure, explain why they feel the city’s police force needs civilian oversight.