Some Plainfield residents upset about termination of city's public safety director

(08/22/04) PLAINFIELD - Many residents in Plainfield are upset about the termination of the city's Public Safety Director Michael Lattimore.

Supporters of Lattimore say Mayor Albert McWilliams apparently made the decision in a recent council meeting without an explanation. Some residents believe the decision was personal.

Police Sergeant Ken Reid and others gathered at the Mount Zion Church on Sunday to discuss how to get back their director. Many local police officers say safety in the city was improving because of Lattimore's efforts.

News 12 New Jersey was unable to contact McWilliams about his decision. But in a recent newspaper article, he did indicate that he wanted a change because he was not pleased with the city's safety problems.

City council members could still override the mayor's decision, but it is unclear how much time remains to act. Some residents say they only have 10 days to decide if the firing should stand, but the next council meeting is not until September 7.

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