Police Car Dispute Could Continue Into The Next Administration

by Gabe Bullard on September 13, 2010

The dispute over take-home cars for Louisville police officers continues. Mayor Jerry Abramson’s office will appeal a Jefferson Circuit judge’s ruling that the city must negotiate any fees for police officers who use their cars off duty. And Abramson’s appeal may end up in the hands of the next mayor.

The case began in 2008, when Abramson imposed fees on any city cars used off duty. The decision affected about 11 hundred police cars. The officers argued that the cars are payment and must be negotiated into the union contract.

The state Labor Cabinet sided with the police, as did the Jefferson Circuit judge. The newest appeal will likely be heard in the coming months.

That means a new mayor could be in office during the hearing. Democratic mayoral candidate Greg Fischer’s spokesperson says Fischer hopes that isn’t the case, but says the police contract should be followed as originally written.

Republican candidate Hal Heiner’s spokesperson says the mayor should withdraw the appeal.

The Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed Heiner in the mayor’s race.

For more on the origins of the dispute, click here.

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