Eighteen special police sections - including the gang task force - will be downsized or eliminated in the effort to replace more than 100 patrol officers who are to be laid off May 1, according to a one-page reorganization plan obtained Thursday by The Blade.
The administration has notified 150 police officers of the intent to lay them off, and according to the plan from Chief Mike Navarre, 106 of the 150 are patrol officers.
To make up for that loss of patrol officers, the chief has recommended moving 75 officers from special units.
Units that will be abolished, according to Chief Navarre's plan, include the Gang Task Force, the Mounted Patrol, the School Resource Officers, and the officer assigned as sergeant-at-arms for Toledo City Council.
Units that will be downsized include the detective bureau, vice, and the SWAT team.
The plan is dated Monday, but Mayor Carty Finkbeiner said the first time he saw a reorganization plan was Wednesday afternoon.
On Wednesday, the mayor refused to release the plan, and on Thursday The Blade threatened to bring a public records lawsuit to force its disclosure - prompting Mr. Finkbeiner to claim the police chief's reorganization plan was incomplete.
"The lack of complete information in [the report] was astounding," the mayor said.
"The report was flawed and would mislead the public. If [The Blade] wants to file a lawsuit [it] can file a lawsuit."
Mr. Finkbeiner vowed Thursday morning not to make the report public until he revised it and released it Friday.
Within an hour The Blade had obtained a copy of Chief Navarre's plan, titled "Police Layoffs - Reorganization" dated April 20.
The mayor later sent a fax to The Blade stating the plan he received stated it was "subject to revision." However, those words don't appear on the document obtained by the newspaper.
"When it is revised and in final form it will be released," the mayor's fax states. "It is a public safety document and it is important that the chief of police, the safety director and the mayor all sign off."
The layoffs, effective a week from tomorrow, are among 242 layoffs ordered by the Finkbeiner administration to stave off a deficit projected at $20.7 million for the rest of the year.