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Mayor's comment on moment of silence

First, let me apologize.

As public servants, we are deeply saddened by the loss of Detective Hobbs and grieve along with his family, friends and fellow police officers.

I was caught off-guard by this citizen’s request for a moment of silence during his public comment. It wasn’t appropriate to turn over the City Council agenda to an individual during the public comment portion of the meeting, but I see why people are interpreting this as a sign of disrespect.

No disrespect was intended.

It is our policy to acknowledge and express our thoughts about these matters at the beginning of the meeting and I take personal responsibility for that omission.

We did observe a moment of silence for Detective Hobbs as a Council item at the end of the meeting.