Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington Police Officers’ Association (BPOA) today endorsed Mayor Miro Weinberger in support of his upcoming reelection effort on Town Meeting Day, March 6, 2018. Weinberger faces independents Carina Driscoll, the daughter of Jane Sanders and stepdaughter or Senator Bernie Sanders, and Infinite Culcleasure. Driscoll has already received the endorsement of the Burlington Progressive Party. Weinberger already has been elected to two, three-year terms.
"The Burlington Police Officers’ Association can say from experience that we have an effective leader in Mayor Weinberger guiding our City,” said Dan Gilligan, BPOA Interim President. “We endorsed Mayor Weinberger in support of his reelection effort three years ago because of the way he and his team have continued to make themselves available to the BPOA like no other Administration in the past. In the past three years, we have worked hard with the Mayor to reach a number of accomplishments with mutual benefits for the City and rank and file police officers. Most important to us is the Mayor’s leadership in expanding the number of sworn officers to levels not seen in more than 10 years. That’s good for public safety and for the safety of our members. We appreciate being involved in an extensive and well-organized search process for a new Burlington Police Chief, and the successful negotiation of a three-year labor contract without the need for arbitration. The BPOA also appreciates focus on addressing the opioid crisis, and the way in which he has addressed the concerns of the union on many other issues. The interests of management and labor sometimes differ and we don’t expect to agree with any mayor on every issue. However, it is very important to have an open dialogue in order to resolve these differences in a fair and responsible way. We look forward to continuing this cooperation between the BPOA and the Mayor and the BPOA wholeheartedly supports the re-election of Mayor Miro Weinberger.”
"I am grateful every day to serve with one of the best police departments in the country,” said Mayor Weinberger. “Burlingtonians demand a lot from our police, and our officers have stepped up again and again to take on new challenges and make Burlington one of our nation’s safest cities. Over the past three years, my office has been very focused on addressing the opioid crisis, updating our use of force and de-escalation policies, and increasing neighborhood trust and safety through expanded foot patrols. During this period of innovation and change, I am proud to once again receive the endorsement of the BPOA, a group of women and men who put themselves on the line every day to protect and strengthen Burlington.”
The BPOA was established in 1969 and has a membership of approximately 70 rank and file officers of the Burlington Police Department. The BPOA “is committed to promoting the ethical practices, policies, and standards befitting the Law Enforcement profession.” To learn more about the BPOA, please visit its website.
Source: Weinberger 12.20.2017