WORCESTER, MA — The public was prevented from participating in recent Board of Health discussions about police reform following internal deliberations between the city attorney, police leaders and health department staff, emails show.
Days before an Aug. 24 Board of Health meeting featuring top police officials, City Solicitor Michael Traynor advised health department leaders they did not have to hold a public hearing to discuss 12 police reforms suggested by board member David Fort.
With that opinion, Board of Health Chair Edith Claros had the discretion to allow public comment during the meeting. Claros did not open the meeting for public comment, but did make an exception for the police union president.
“The chair has the discretion to accept public comment — or not — on any agenda item,” an Aug. 20 memo from Worcester Division of Public Health Director Karyn Clark read. “[Claros] is not interested in a [police