Whistle-blower’s protection bill presented

South Bend's Common Council is looking to give more protection to whistle blower’s.

The council gave first reading to a bill that would shield those who present allegations of inconsistencies or misconduct.

Four members of the council co-sponsored the effort following the wiretapping scandal at the police department.

Communications director Karen Depaepe claimed she was fired after she turned over the recordings that started it all.

Proponents say this bill would protect people like her.

“Now we want to make sure that city employees have the protection and clause when it comes to filing report against department heads or other city employees,” said Henry Davis, Jr., (D) councilman - district 2. “We just want to make sure our city employees feel safe and comfortable in the work environment.

The state already has its own version of the bill, but council members say they want to add it to the city.


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