City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz and Police Chief Richard Eddington are scheduled to seek approval from aldermen Monday for a major review of the Evanston Police Department’s budget and staffing.
It has 220 full-time-equivalent employees, including 166 sworn officers, now. and had 220.75 full-time-equivalent workers a decade ago.
Meanwhile overall city staffing has declined by about five percent during that period as the city has faced having to make repeated budget cuts.
In a memo to aldermen prepared for Monday’s Human Services Committee meeting, Bobkiewicz seeks approval for a planned external review by a consulting firm of a number of the department’s administrative and community service functions, highlighted in green on the organization chart below.
The memo also proposes that the department conduct an internal review of the Investigative Services Division, including the units shown in blue on the flow chart.
The memo also calls for a discussion of the department’s overtime spending and the assignments of supervisors within the patrol division.
It also proposes a potential new model of geographic organization of patrol duties that would divide the city into three sections.
Currently the city is split into eight police patrol beats with four sergeants assigned as first-level patrol supervisors across the city during each of three daily shifts.
The review is part of a larger effort to find ways to close what’s projected to be a multi-million gap in next year’s city budget.
The Human Services Committee meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday in the City Council Chambers at the Civic Center.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to address a change in reporting pension costs between the city’s 2008-09 and 2018 budgets.