A dispute over whether City Council members should have access to certain employee information erupted during Tuesday's meeting, prompting the council to shoot down a request by Councilman Richard Furstenau to review internal investigation information for 10 complaints filed by residents against Naperville Police officers.
Councilman Grant Wehrli said he thought this was a thinly veiled attempt by Furstenau to use his position in City Council to further his litigation against the city of Naperville.
By a 7-1-1 vote, the City Council voted to deny Furstenau access to the complaint information. Councilman Doug Krause voted present, and Furstenau cast the sole opposing vote.
"It's got nothing to do with the lawsuit and everything to do with the fact the government needs to be available to the people," Furstenau said.
Furstenau said he requested information in May regarding 10 complaints filed by citizens against members of the Naperville Police Department because the statistic showed up in a brochure mailed to citizens. Last month he said he would like the names of the officers subject to the internal investigation and a one sentence summary of the complaint.
"I have not asked for anybody's personnel file. All I was responding to was something put together by the police department," Furstenau said. "When a councilman cannot get a copy of an internal investigations complaint, that's a problem."
Several council members said a meeting on council rules is necessary. It was actually a discussion of the council's meeting and workshop schedule that sparked the debate. The council agreed to schedule a council rules workshop for 4:30 p.m. Nov. 10.
Whose side do you agree with here--Furstenau's, or the council majority's? Was Furstenau's request for information reasonable, or out of line?