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Fayetteville gets new city manager amid consent search controversy

Posted March 27, 2012

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— The Fayetteville City Council accepted the city manger's resignation Monday after what sources call a rift over police searches during traffic stops.

Assistant City Manager Kristoff Bauer will take over April 1 as interim city manager. The council hired Florida search firm Colin Baenziger & Associates to help fill the position permanently.

Sources within City Hall said that a majority of the city council wanted Iman, who had been city manager since 2006, to step down after he opposed the council's 8-2 vote in January ordering police to stop searches of vehicles where drivers have given their consent.

Police are allowed to continue the searches under an injunction issued by a judge presiding over a lawsuit filed by police who say that the ban is unlawful and that consent searches are an important law enforcement tool.

Some residents and local groups, including a minority lawyers association and the NAACP, raised concerns last year that the police force might be illegally profiling black drivers.

A consultant's report concluded that blacks were disproportionately subjected to traffic stops and warrantless searches in Fayetteville, but evidence didn't prove that officers were guilty of racial profiling. The report recommends changes, including the creation of a complaint review panel.

Fayetteville police have implemented some changes, including requiring written consent for searches.

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  • poohpdoo2002 Mar 27, 2012

    The 8 city council members who voted for that stupid ban are the ones who are betting that a new city manager will be on their side and let them rule the city how they wish. They are wanting a puppet. I think it's time for a new city council. Start fresh!!!

  • poohpdoo2002 Mar 27, 2012

    Now, it seems to me that anyone who would want to limit the power of police to search a vehicle that they suspect has drugs or anything illegal, then they have something to hide or are trying to protect someone they know that drives around with something illegal in their car. What are they worried about? What is the purpose of the ban? If you are not participating in illegal activity, then it does not matter if the police pull you over and want to search your vehicle, right? Let law enforcement do their job. How are they going to clean up this city and get criminals off the street if they are not allowed to do their jobs...something that we as taxpayers payed for them to be trained in doing? duh!!!

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Mar 27, 2012

    "Iman was a terrible administrator. I am delighted that he is now gone. Almost anyone will be an improvement over him."

    Other than the fact that he opposed this rediculous ban on consent searches, what do you base this statement on?

  • Sherlock Mar 27, 2012

    If he is good as interim why not just hire him and save money.If I was him I would not take the job with out a full contract, what the city is saying is this guy is only good enough to be a fill in and not the real thing.

  • piene2 Mar 27, 2012

    "Sources within City Hall said that a majority of the city council wanted Iman, who had been city manager since 2006, to step down after he opposed the council's 8-2 vote in January ordering police to stop searches of vehicles where drivers have given their consent."

    Iman was a terrible administrator. I am delighted that he is now gone. Almost anyone will be an improvement over him.

  • sunshine1040 Mar 27, 2012

    Time for a new City Council that will allow police to do their job. As children we were told to say no to drugs It is the same words you say to police if they ask to search your car.

  • kermit60 Mar 27, 2012

    And how much did this cost the taxpayers? I'm sure it was far more than the $30.000 they payed for the study only to find out that the police didn't do anything wrong. It's so easy to spend someone elses money.