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Too much red tape, not enough action

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Councilman Kemp Conrad thinks the city of Memphis is letting too much slide by when disciplining its employees. so and he will be urging other council members, and the Wharton administration, to crack down.

Conrad says our city government is too lax and in what he calls a "red tape" disciplinary process. As a result he says troubled employees are given too many chances to straighten up and should be dealt with head on.

He was working on a memo to present to council and Mayor A. C. Wharton about tightening the city's memorandums of understanding with unions regarding discipline well before the arrest of police officer Sean McWhirter, who was busted while on duty on Sept. 16 in a federal prostitution sting in Tunica, Miss.

Conrad attributes a lot of what Memphians have seen recently with regard to "bad apples" in several city departments, not just the police department, to bad policy.

"It's almost like some of our employees think they have diplomatic immunity and you have to do some really, really bad stuff to get fired from the city of Memphis," he said.

The councilman said city employees who break the law cast a negative light on the thousands of city employees who work hard everyday. Many times in these cases there are patterns that need to be detected before it's too late.

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