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March 27th, 193+. REGULAR MEETING. 237 <br />MINUTES. <br />Be it Remembered that the Common Council of the City of South Bend, Indiana,. - met ink <br />the Regular Session in the Council Chambers of the City Hall, Monday evening March 6th, <br />193+ at the hour of 9 :35 o'clock P. M. All Members present except Councilman Nelson. Vice - <br />President Grzeskowiak presided. The Minutes of the prevaous meeting was read and on Motion <br />Of Councilman Hull were accepted as read. Motion carried. <br />COMMUNICATION. <br />Legal Department <br />Iden S. Romig, City Attorney <br />South Bend, Indiana, March 26 193+. <br />To the Common Council of the City of South Bend, Indiana. <br />Gentlemen : - You have asked for a written- statement of the law applying to the removal, <br />suspension, reprimand, or reducing in grade of members of the Fire Department or Police <br />Department. The law applying was modified in the last Legislature and is, as I gave to your <br />Committee, as follows, to -wit: <br />" Every member ofthe fire and police forces, appointed by the o mmissioners of public <br />safety, shall hold office until they are removed by said board. They may be removed for <br />any cause other than politics, after written notice is seved upon such member in person or by <br />copy left at his last and usual place of residence notifying him or her bf the time and <br />place of hearing, and after an opportunity for a hearing is given, if demanded, and the <br />written reasons for such removal shall be entered upon the records of such board. On the <br />conviction in any court of a member of the said fire or police ford of any crimihal offense, <br />or upon a finding and decision of the board that any such member has been or is guilty,-of <br />neglect of duty, or of the violation of rules, or neglect or disobedience of orders , or of <br />incapacity, or absence without leave, or immoral conduct, or conduct injurious to the ptiblic <br />peace or welfare, or conduct unbecoming an officer, or other breach of discipline, such <br />commissioners shall have power to punish the offending party ny reprimand, forfeiture, suspen- <br />sion without pay, dismissal, or n by reducing him or her to a lower grade and pay. Any member <br />of such fire or police force who is dismissed from such force, as aforesaid, or is suspended <br />therefrom for any period in excess of thirty days,, shall have the right to appeal to the <br />circuit or superior court of the county in whxich such city is located from such decision of <br />dismissal or suspension by said board, but shall not kxx have such right of appeal from any <br />other decision.# <br />The law then provides for a bond and appeal and the trial of the case by jury if requested,. <br />In the case of a demotion, under this law, there could be no appeal. <br />This is a part of Chapter 86 found on Page 577 and subsequent pages of the Acts of the <br />Legislature for the State of 'Ind.iana for the year 1933. <br />Hoping this complies with your request, I am, Very truly yours, I. S. Romig, <br />Attorney. ISR!GMH - - <br />