A Message From Village Manager Mike Cassady Regarding Village Vehicle Sticker
Good day all.
I wanted to comment to our residents and stakeholders regarding the recent decision to reboot and redesign our 2019-20 vehicle sticker. In 2017 our Police Department worked at all levels to redesign our department shoulder patch. The design approved by our officers was developed to honor police officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice, being killed in the line of duty. The thin blue line is more than a century old and it also represents the fragile line between order and chaos.
We had a process gap. Staff (I) missed the fact that some in our community would object to this symbol in light of its recent hijacking by white supremacist hate groups. This has created a polarizing debate in our community.
Our decision to respond and reboot was to advance a positive symbol, representing all of the support and engagement our Police Officers are doing to serve our diverse community. We did not want to risk all of the momentum and trust established between our officers and citizens that has built such good will in recent years. I have great respect for the men and women of our Police Department and did not want them to be placed in the middle of this issue.
We have work to do in Mount Prospect and we all believe in the importance of continuous improvement. Nelson Mandela was right on when he said “in times of crisis and tension, seek pathways to unity.” We will work collectively with the Mayor and Village Board and the community to create a process that will build a bridge to everyone in our community. I am hopeful we can find common ground and respect the opinions and feelings among our fellow neighbors and work on a practice of positive inclusion.