Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola
today distributed a copy of a letter he'd sent to Jarred McCauley
, president of the Little Rock Fraternal Order of the Police,
defending the city's decision to switch employee insurance coverage
to the Arkansas Municipal League
's self-insurance program from Qual Choice
Stodola said city employees got comparable or better coverage for less cost than Qual Choice offered, saving the city $1 million. He also disputed McCauley's earlier criticism that Stodola had a conflict of interest
in the matter because he's president of the Arkansas Municipal League, the lobby for Arkansas city governments.
Stodola noted that he's unpaid as a League officer. He also said that, while he'd encourage the City Board to look at insurance options for saving money, the board chose the insurance provider.
Here's the mayor's letter.