More than a year after rejecting Murad for the role, the council voted 8-4 in favor of giving him the job. He will be the city’s first official police chief since December 2019.
Author: Patrick Crowley
Burlington asks state to fund new emergency shelter, motel stays
Local officials and advocates want to convert a mostly-vacant state office building in downtown Burlington into a 50-person emergency shelter with a daytime drop-in center for up to 75 people.
Burlington to pay $750K to settle police use-of-force lawsuit
Mayor Miro Weinberger announced in a press release on Friday that three brothers who sued the city for excessive force related to a 2018 incident will drop their lawsuit in exchange for the payment.
After last-ditch legal effort fails, hundreds of unhoused Vermonters are evicted from motel program
Thursday marked the first of several waves of evictions planned for this spring and summer, as the state winds down pandemic-era programs that have sheltered an estimated 80% of Vermont’s unhoused population in motels.
City of Burlington will settle police use-of-force lawsuit
The city council approved the settlement during a special meeting on Tuesday. Three brothers brought legal action against the city related to an excessive force incident involving Officer Jason Bellavance in 2018. The settlement still needs to be approved by a federal judge.
Ben & Jerry’s Burlington scoop shop unionization effort moves forward
The majority of employees of the Church Street shop were in favor of unionizing, organizers said at a press conference on Tuesday.
‘The world is changing’: Dana Kaplan steers Outright Vermont through an evolution
The executive director of the organization that supports LGBTQ+ youth said he’s trying to lead it through growth “at the speed that young people need us.”
Miro Weinberger to make 2nd attempt at appointing Jon Murad as Burlington police chief
The Burlington mayor announced Thursday he will propose Acting Chief Jon Murad for the permanent chief’s role at the City Council’s next meeting. Murad was previously voted down in February 2022.
Green Mountain school board stands by ‘Chieftains’ name, drawing resignations
After months of back-and-forth, the Green Mountain Unified School District voted on Thursday to keep the name as its high school’s moniker. The vote led to the resignations of the superintendent and two board members.
Federal judge rules in favor of Burlington in Champlain Parkway lawsuit
A legal challenge to the project was filed in U.S. District Court in 2019. The judge granted a motion for summary judgment in favor of the federal government, which was defending the project.