Despite the budget shortfall, the City of Fresno decided to bring back the Office of Independent Review; at least part time.
" Originally this program was intended to be $400,000 a year, now we'll spend less than $200,000," said Mayor Ashley Swearengin.
It's money the city will save in the long run.
" One complaint that is resolved can save enough money that can pay the entire cost of a year program," said City Manager, Mark Scott.
With that in mind, city leaders announced Rick Rasmussen as director.
He will serve as a third party auditor to make sure complaints are properly investigated.
" The office of independent review is a great thing for the citizens, great thing for police dept, and city itself, and I'm honored to be here," said Rick Rasmussen, Director of OIR.
He's been the adminsitrator of Salt Lake City's civilian review board for 4 years, so taking on the job here in Fresno is a natural transition.
A retired FBI agent with a degree from the US Airforce Academy, Mayor Swearengin and community groups are confident that he won't disappoint.
" We know that one complaint resolved early can save city $100,000 and millions of dollars," said Swearengin
Police Chief Jerry Dyer re-affirmed his support for bringing back the program.
" It serves to make the department better and enhance the trust the community has in the police department," said Police Chief Jerry Dyer.
Rebecca Rangel is the co-chief of Central California Criminal Justice Committee and met with Rasmussen before he was officially named director, she says he's perfect for the job.
" That's a very smart move. Monster kudos to the mayor and to get someone like Rick, we're not talking small potatoes," said Rangel.