[HISTORY: Adopted by the City of Norwalk Common Council 1-14-2003. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There shall be a Public Safety Board in the City of Norwalk (the Board), which shall consist of the Mayor, Chief of Police, and Chief of Fire Department, who shall each serve during their respective terms of office. The Mayor shall be Chairman of the Board. The Board shall annually elect a Secretary from its members. Two members of said Board shall constitute a quorum, and a concurrence of two members voting on any issue shall be necessary for the transaction of business of the Board.
The Board shall have control, management and supervision of public safety communications for the City of Norwalk, which shall include the supervision of the Director of Combined Dispatch and Emergency Preparedness Planning; supervision of civilian dispatchers in a combined police and fire dispatch system and ambulance and emergency medical notification system; coordination of planning with other local, state and federal agencies for emergency management; and planning of emergency preparedness for the City of Norwalk. The Local Emergency Planning Committee shall report to the Board. The Board shall serve as the City's principal liaison with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The Board shall have the power to purchase all supplies and equipment necessary for the management of the combined dispatch system; to appoint, remove, suspend, and discipline the employees thereof, and to prescribe the duties of the Director of Combined Dispatch and Emergency Preparedness Planning and all civilian dispatchers. The power to fix the number and designation of all civilian dispatchers shall be in and exercised only by the Public Safety Board.
The Board shall hold meetings once each month or at such other times as it may determine to be necessary. Special or emergency meetings of the Board may be called by the Mayor or by two members upon reasonable notice to the Mayor or the other member.
The Board shall keep and preserve detailed records, files and minutes of all its proceedings and of all work, property and expenditures of said Public Safety Board and the combined dispatch system, and said files, records and minutes, or certified copies thereof, shall be accepted as evidence in all courts and proceedings.
The Board may appoint a Director of Combined Dispatch and Emergency Preparedness Planning who shall serve at the pleasure of the Board. The Director shall be responsible for the day-to-day administrative duties and responsibilities of the Board, public safety communications for the City, supervision and administration of the combined police and fire dispatch system and ambulance and emergency medical notification system, development of confidential security plans for the City, coordination of planning with other local, state and federal agencies for the handling of emergencies and development of protocols for disaster responses and coordination of disaster training exercises.