Harper Woods City Police & Fire Department Charter Amendment (May 2011)

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A Harper Woods City Police & Fire Department Charter Amendment measure was on the May 3, 2011 ballot in the city of Harper Woods which is in Wayne County.

This measure was defeated

  • YES 1,043
  • NO 1,464 Defeatedd[1]

This measure sought to amend the city charter so as to combine the Fire and Police departments as well as allow the police and fire chief to be held by the same person. The new department would be the Public Safety Department.[2] The Police union in the city supported this measure though the Fire union was unsure combining the two departments would be beneficial to the city. The police noted that the department would save jobs but the fire union suggested that there was no evidence which showed combining the two would save the city money or jobs.[3]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Section 4.5 provides for a Police Department and a Fire Department which shall not be combined. Section 4.5 also provides for a Chief of Police and a Fire Chief, which offices may not be combined or held by the same person. It is proposed that Section 4.5 be amended to give City Council the authority to 1) combine the Police Department and the Fire Department into a Department of Public Safety, and 2) combine the offices of the Chief of Police and Fire Chief or permit the same person to hold both offices.[4]


  1. The Detroit News, "Elections," May 5, 2011
  2. Wayne County Clerk, May Proposal List
  3. Detroit Free Press, "Strapped cities asking voters for help through millages," May 1, 2011
  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.