Representatives of 911 Gives Hope tell us they're offended by a question Councilman Conor O'Daniel asked Police Chief Billy Bolin during a heated City Council meeting Monday -- as Bolin was trying to detail the good things his department does for the community.
O'Daniel asked Bolin where charitable donations go, suggesting the community would benefit from knowing which specific charities receive money and other donations.
Patrick Phernetton, an Evansville Police Detective and President of 911 Gives Hope, took offense to the comment -- saying the organization is very transparent with donations. He says O'Daniel's comment could be perceived in a way that could make people think the organization might be guilty of wrong-doing.
"Perception is everything," said Phernetton. "All it takes is one person and whenever you get someone in a public office like that, that says something that can be construed as negative it can affect your outcome forever. I think it was incredibly insensitive, incredibly negative and I think he needs to make it right."
Councilman O'Daniel says he was simply trying to make a suggestion. He says the community could benefit from all charities making their donations more visible.
Phernetton says the organization deserves a public apology over the comments. Volunteers from 911 Gives Hope and those who have benefited from its donations plan to show up at the next city council meeting.