Hemet mayor looks to restore order at meetings

HEMET, Calif.

Discussions over matters such as the city budget and public services possibly on the chopping block have caused tempers the flare, making meetings unruly.

"In council meetings I've heard people saying, 'Let's take this out into the parking lot.' I've heard people saying, 'Shut up!'" Mayor Jerry Franchville said.

Franchville will be bringing in a uniformed police officer to make sure meetings are kept orderly.

"After they're given a verbal warning, if they continue to disrupt the meeting, I'll ask them to leave. If they don't, they face the possibility of a citation and maybe get arrested," Franchville said.

Even elected officials are having a tough time keeping their cool. On Aug 9., Franchville and the former mayor got into an argument during a meeting.

The police officer is expected to be at Thursday night's City Council meeting.

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