Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno is issuing a statement regarding the push to posthumously promote a police officer.
Springfield City Council passed a non-binding resolution this week to have Robert Caulton promoted to captain.
He was believed to have been denied the promotion in the early 1990s because of his race.
Sarno says he has much regard for Caulton, but he echoed Police Commissioner John Barbieri's comments that the move would open up a Pandora's box, noting that type of request is reserved for an officer killed in the line of duty.
Sarno also made it public that the new Springfield Police headquarters will be named after Captain Joseph Budd, who was also a minority officer, and that the city would be more than willing to honor Caulton within the new building.