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Jul 15, 2014 11:34 AM by AP

Monroe Police Union sets no confidence vote

MONROE, La. (AP) - The Monroe Police Union is moving forward with a vote of no confidence in Chief Quentin Holmes.

The News-Star reports the union voted in a meeting Monday to hold a ballot vote between Monday and Aug. 4 so a true depiction of the union members' feelings about the chief will be represented.

Union President Michael Calloway said the department's problems with Holmes had been growing for three years. He said many in the union feel Holmes has made little improvement since the results of a departmental survey in May showed low morale and a lack of confidence in the chief.

"We felt like since the assessment and where we are now, we didn't make the significant amount of progress we should have made," Calloway said.

About one third of the union attended the meeting Monday to decide to move forward with the no-confidence vote.

The union first flirted with the idea of a no confidence vote when the survey's results were first published by The News-Star. Sixty percent lacked confidence in Holmes, and 87 percent said morale was "much lower" than in the past.

Holmes said he thought he and the union had been working well through the process and urged them to be patient.

"For them to be moving forward that quick doesn't give ample time to correct whatever challenges there were. I thought we've had very good conversations the last several weeks," Holmes said.

At the time the survey was revealed, Calloway said the union would be patient while the city worked on an action plan. The plan took input from the union, Holmes and Mayor Jamie Mayo and his administration.

Calloway said the vote of no confidence was only an assessment of Holmes, not Mayo or the city.

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