PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP/WPRI) — The Cranston City Council voted Monday on a resolution expressing no confidence in Republican Mayor Allan Fung’s leadership, after the state police issued a scathing report on his handling of the city’s police department.
Eyewitness News was at the meeting when the council voted 5-4 to pass the resolution.
Fung’s chief-of-staff has called the resolution political grandstanding.
The report accused Fung of interfering with the department amid his run as Republican nominee for governor last year. Fung acknowledged he made mistakes but also said he was misled by department leaders.
Eyewitness News spoke with the mayor ahead of Monday’s meeting. He said he will not be present during the vote – but that his track record speaks for itself
“What we’re talking about in that police assessment that occurred were issues that have been ongoing for generations and fortunately we have taken a step to fix these problems,” he said. “You can see all of the progress we’ve made. In fact, Standard and Poor has us at its highest bond rating that the city has experienced in nearly two decades.”
Council President John Lanni introduced the proposed the ‘no confidence’ resolution and two councilmen who claim they were targeted during the ticket scandal said they will both in favor of it.
The proposed resolution expresses concern about the findings, and states Fung failed to provide clear and accurate reasons and rationales for his decisions.
Fung previously said he was not nervous about the vote, though.
“I trust and put my faith in the voters and residents of the city of Cranston. That’s who I’m concerned with.”
He was not in attendance at the meeting, but called the resolution a political move.
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