Former District 3 City Councilmember Justin Outling came within a few hundred votes of being elected mayor in the July 26 election.

During Outling’s campaign, which because of the delayed election lasted over 18 months, he repeatedly called for more City Council work sessions on public safety and crime.

Outling lost the election to Mayor Nancy Vaughan, and it appears that the idea that the City Council should meet regularly about public safety issues went with him.

The proposed schedule for City Council work sessions through the end of this calendar year doesn’t include a single mention of public safety, the Greensboro Police Department  or crime.

The work sessions are scheduled for Thursdays to begin at 2 p.m. and last about two hours.

On Thursday, Sept. 29, the proposed work session agenda has two items the downtown parking plan and the strategic energy plan.

On Thursday Oct. 13, the City Council is scheduled to have a half-day mini-retreat from 1 to 4:30 p.m. with a facilitator.  In the past, having facilitators at work sessions has meant a lot of talk about how councilmembers feel about issues and projects.

The Thursday, Oct. 27 work session is for “Housing Program Updates.”  These will include the “Home Repair GSO Program,” “Nussbaum Guidelines,” “Community Hero’s and Homebuyer Assistance Program Changes” and the “Preservation Loan Policy.”

The Thursday, Nov. 10 work session is scheduled to be an American Rescue Plan review.

Topics to be scheduled in 2023 include economic development, creative economy/eco-system and equity planning, policies and investments.

Assuming those topics cover the first three months of 2023, it’s possible that sometime in April or May 2023 the City Council could hold a work session on public safety, crime and the rising vacancy rate for sworn officers in the GPD.  If the trend in vacancies in the GPD continues at its current rate by then the GPD should be short over 150 sworn officers.