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Council: Special election to decide fate of LPD contract

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LAWTON, Okla._ The police union's fight against the city here will now be decided by voters in a special election.

The city council took up the issue in executive session Tuesday night and ruled 6-2 in favor of letting voters make the final decision.

After battling back and forth for several months, an arbitrator was called in to settle the dispute.  After hearing from both sides, the arbitrator ruled late last week in favor of the police union's contract proposal. 

One of the union's biggest arguments was over the proposed change to switch patrol officers from a 10-hour, 4-day work week to an 8-hour, 5-day schedule.

The arbitrator sided with the police union overall and said the city failed to prove the proposed changes would improve public safety. The council had the option Tuesday evening to accept that ruling or put it to a vote of the people.

Councilmen Keith Jackson and Dwight Tanner voted against the motion. The city manager will now set a date for the special election.

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