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Proposed law enforcement commission draws fire

Sheriff Mike Schiff, who spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting, said it would be his preference that a subcommittee of the legislature be appointed to study the issue rather than the creation of a commission. He said, “Any civilian board that you’re going to appoint will have varied interests; you may or may not get people who have the proper interest in what the outcome might be. Some civilians may be more concerned with taxes, and some more with law enforcement.” He said he wanted the legislature to work closely with any entity analyzing the matter, and that’s why he preferred a subcommittee.

Legislative chair Scott Samuelson said that it was not yet determined that it would be a “civilian board,” but that the legislature would take Schiff’s remarks into consideration.