Bowman, whose knowledge of how city council functions is zero, decided to start his term in office by attacking the city auditor. Two days later, Morantz decided he would attack the police department and thereby demonstrate he's even more clued out over how the city runs than Bowman. What an accomplishment.
Upon presentation of the Winnipeg Police Service Third Quarter Financial Report, Morantz lobbed questions at Deputy Police Chief Art Stannard about why the police couldn't find savings in their budget (they call it "efficiencies") and why the force was bloated by officers who should be retired.
He could have read the 347-page Operational Review of the Police Service that was commissioned by city council and received in August, 2013, 17 whole months before Morantz's grandstanding performance.
. The report by the Matrix Consulting Group identified more than 75 positions ranging from 18 in the Central Reading Unit, 12 in Human Resources (civilians should be doing that job), and 25 at the airport (we lost the contract) to 3 constables in the Stolen Auto Unit, one constable in the Pawn Shop Detail, and the two constables with the Mounted Patrol.
Moranz could have asked which suggestions were adopted, which weren't, which could be, which shouldn't. But that is obviously beyond the capability of a lawyer who writes wills for a living. In which case Morantz could have had a private discussion with the head of the Police Board, WHO SITS RIGHT BESIDE HIM ON THE FINANCE COMMITTEE.
Last Friday, Bowman backed Marty Morantz's public grilling of Deputy Police Chief Art Stannard. But by Monday he was squeaking a different tune.
The pair held a joint news conference Monday.
"I want to re-affirm my support and council’s support for the invaluable work the members of the Winnipeg Police Service do each and every day," mumbled Bowman with a mouthful of crow.
"I support fully what our deputy chief said and from the comments I’ve read, I would have taken the same actions." said a stone-faced Clunis.
The police department had his full support, said Bowman, adding that it was clear "to everyone now" that police report to the police board.