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Public infighting returns to Wilmington City Council

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Photo/City of Wilmington Wilmington City Council members must hand over all email, phone and text records from Jan. 2021 to March 2022 in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by one of their own.  Councilwoman Shané Darby, D-District 2, submitted the FOIA request because she says a group of seven city council members have been holding private …

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Darby ordinance would make Wilm employers pay for shift changes

Charlie Megginson Business, Headlines

Photo/Getty Images Business leaders are lining up in opposition to a proposed ordinance in Wilmington that would require service industry employers to provide two-weeks notice of work schedules and compensate employees when changes occur.  The measure, sponsored by Council Member Shané Darby, D-District 2, aims to provide more schedule stability for hourly workers at retail, hospitality and foodservice establishments with …

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Purzycki, FOP: Congo’s police shaming ‘baseless, abhorrent’

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines, Police & Fire

LEFT TO RIGHT: COUNCIL PRESIDENT TRIPPI CONGO, MAYOR MIKE PURZYCKI, POLICE CHIEF ROBERT TRACY The mayor of Wilmington and the union that represents the city’s police officers are pushing back against the City Council president’s claims that the department is failing to promote diversity and morale within its ranks.  After leading the City Council to a Jan. 20 vote of …

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Wilmington council president goes public with WPD ‘whitest Black guy’ trophy

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Around Christmas of 2019, a Black male detective in the Wilmington Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division was given a trophy by his white male supervisor with an engraved message that reads, “Whitest Black Guy in the Office Award.” The trophy has been openly displayed on the detective’s desk since it was presented to him, according to City Council President Trippi …

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Wilmington residents sign petition in support of police chief

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines, Police & Fire

Chief Robert Tracy/Wilmington Police Department A petition expressing support for the Wilmington Police Department has gathered more than 600 signatures after the Wilmington City Council on Thursday passed a “vote of no confidence” in Chief Robert Tracy. The vote happened after a nearly three-hour-long Public Safety Committee meeting Tuesday during which Tracy and others defended the department’s practices amidst claims …

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Wilmington Councilwoman Rysheema Dixon resigns during meeting

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Councilwoman Rysheema Dixon/Photo Wilmington City Council Wilmington City Councilwoman Rysheema Dixon, a Democrat, resigned from office during Thursday’s council meeting. The at-large council member said she’d be taking time to focus on her community development consulting business, RD Innovative Planning, which she said is rapidly expanding within the United States and even internationally. Prior to her departure, Dixon served as …

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Wilmington term limit resolution could allow officials to spend 36 years on council

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Wilmington Councilwoman Shané Darby, D-District 2. UPDATE: Councilwoman Shané Darby has informed Delaware LIVE/Town Square LIVE that she will not be in attendance at Thursday’s City Council meeting. The resolutions will now be heard during the Jan. 6, 2022 meeting. Wilmington’s city council will vote on two contentious resolutions next month, both sponsored by Shané Darby.  The first resolution asks …

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Spadola’s ethics bill tabled until Wilmington Council’s October meeting

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

A Wilmington City Council proposed ordinance to require annual ethics training will be heard Oct. 7. Photo by Bark Magrabi/Pexels   A proposed ordinance to require Wilmington elected officials and city employees to participate in annual ethics training will not be heard until October. The bill’s sponsor, Wilmington City Council member James Spadola, R-At Large, agreed to table the legislation …

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Ordinance would require ethics training for Wilmington officials, employees

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

If a proposed ethics law passes, Wilmington officials and workers will need to take an ethics refresher course every year.   An ordinance to require Wilmington elected officials, appointed officials and city employees to participate in annual ethics training will be heard by City Council Thursday.  The ordinance is sponsored by the council’s lone Republican member, James Spadola, who holds …

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Wilmington film screening bases ticket cost on race, gender

Charles Megginson Culture, Headlines

    A Wilmington non-profit organization is hosting a movie screening Friday with race- and gender-based ticket prices.  Tickets for the event range from free to $7, depending on your gender and racial identity. Black Mothers in Power, founded in 2019 by Wilmington city councilwoman Shané Darby, will present “Chocolate Milk: The Documentary” at Penn Cinema Riverfront IMAX Theatre. The …