Mayor Mike Houston has ordered changes in the way labor contracts are revised at City Hall… after an embarrassing episode involving the police department.
Houston’s executive order comes after learning that the department changed its policies on disposing of internal affairs records, without notifying the Mayor or city labor negotiators. The change was included in a “memorandum of understanding” between Police Chief Robert Williams and the police union.
Houston’s order now requires that the city’s labor relations manager be involved in any discussions about changes to the contract… and that such agreements must be signed by the mayor. Houston also ordered that the city council be notified of such changes… but did not require that aldermen approve those modifications to labor contracts.