What Does The “Strong Mayor” Mayor of Oakland Job Mean Today? – Rashidah Grinage

Rashidah Grinage Oakland Coalition for Police Accountability
(Last Updated On: January 2, 2019)

, CA – Since the so-called “Strong Mayor” form of local government was enacted in 2000, removing the Mayor as a voting member the City Council, we need to look at what the job of has come to mean.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf
Mayor Libby Schaaf

No longer part of the ‘policy making’ role of the Council, it seems to me that the ’s chief responsibilities lie in fiscal stewardship and managerial oversight. The City Administrator who supervises every department reports directly to the Mayor and, in light of some of the most damaging events in ’s recent history, is responsible for a lack of oversight and accountability.

Most notably, the Ghost Ship fire revealed major lapses in both the fire and police departments’ inspection and reporting policies. And we must look at the fact that the Police Department continues to be overseen and monitored by a Federal judge after 15 years of failing to comply with reforms that OPD agreed to in 2003.

The needs to bear down on her City Administrator to ensure that all departments demonstrate professional standards and to minimize financial exposure so that precious resources can be utilized for the pressing needs of the unsheltered and other under-funded services.

Rashidah Grinage, District 4 resident


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