In his most direct and biting comments to date, a frustrated Mayor Jim O'Neal blamed previous city management Thursday night for alienating Springfield police and firefighters for 50 years and prolonging a fight over how to fund an insolvent pension system.
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"I don't know what part of city managers school teaches city managers to alienate police and firefighters, but it's certainly been in practice here for 50 years," O'Neal said during a special council meeting on the police and fire pension tax.
"I'd really like to try and clean the slate and say look we're here, we'll meet with you. Mr. Burris' office is open, that's never happened before. My office is open, I don't think that's happened as much as it should of," O'Neal said, clearly referring to former city manager Tom Finnie and former Mayor Tom Carlson.
The meeting focused on a resolution that essentially makes a list of promises to voters if they pass the police and fire pension sales tax in November.
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