Navajo police versus Public Safety Division

Hearing has re-convened on Navajo police officers versus Navajo Division of Public Safety Director John Billison.

HENRY HOWE, BILLISON ATTORNEY
We did come to agreement in principle but as told clients, the devil is in the detials and that’s in the written agreement. I drafted agreement this morning. I shared with Jordan and he hasn’t had chance to share with his clients and probably chances but forms foundation of agreement for settlement of this complaint and other complaints.

We ask for rest of day to finalize and re-set hearing at Labor Commission’s convience later this week.

DAVID JORDAN, POLICE OFFICERS/COMMANDERS ATTORNEY
We definitely have agreement in principle and agree that we need agreement in writing. It’s a complicated deal. If we follow HOwe’s suggestion, it would be stipulated order from Commission then Commission receives written document and Commission can talk to each individual.

LABOR COMMISSION BODIE
Time?

HOWE
it would take lot of discussion to nail down a final written document, confident can do this morning and prepare this afternoon and return to Commission this afternoon or any morning this week.

BODIE
how man clients?

Howe
10 petitioners and Jordan talk with all clients and perhaps individuall. on our side Billision representing respondents and cuz impacts Division of Pulbic Safety, he will have to talk with hsi commenaders. So take time.

BODIE
dO YOU agree with Howe?

JORDAN
Yes

BODIE
Thank you attorneys and everyone here for working on agreement and all go away with feeling of being good neighbor.

COMMISSION CHAIRPERSON CASEY WATCHMAN
Thank you TOO. wE LOOK FORWARD TO your agreement. the idea behind this matter is that, we encourage everyone to work togehter in the spsirt of friendshp. DPS consists of many individuals, different ranks.

Where do these complaints belong? If you can’t come to agreement over working conditions, who would take care of? YOu would think that Division Director wud listen. There is also Law & Order Committee but officers alleged that they were useless. And now President Shelly also named in complaint.

Suggested Peacmaking and Mediation. But we would like agreement where everyone agrees and there is compliance with the settlement. When signature on document, we expect parties to comply. If it doesn’t happen, we will spin wheels. Counsel has said that these complaints cover a couple of administration. So please pay attention to what you are signing. Have attorneys thoroughly explain. By being here, you are absent from duties.

So cousel, give us update about 4:30 pm. If document finished, then be back tomorrow morning, Wednesday, or Thursday morning.

JORDAN
i WANTED TO REPORT THAT talked with Cornelius Tso, asked if applied for leave and she said no. Informed her that her complaint would be dismissed and she said so be it. So her complaint will be dismissed then.

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