Payton Perspective: If passed, no Measure W funds for pay raises until remaining additional police officers promised in Measure C are hired

Yes, I’m still hammering the city council about fulfilling the previous council’s commitment from Measure C of hiring 22 more police “immediately”. We’ve been told by the past and current Chiefs of Police they’ve been doing all they can to make it happen. Current Chief Tammany Brooks just told me this past Thursday that he has six recruits in the academy, right now. They won’t graduate until after the new year. But, that’s a big step toward fulfilling the 2013 commitment.

They’ve given us a net seven officers, with 97 currently on the force and crime is decreasing, which is great. But, there’s not enough in the budget to pay for the additional officers due to pay raises given to all city staff by the council on Election Night in November 2016.

So, if this Measure W passes, they need to make a new commitment to not give any pay raises until those 14 more officers are hired, because that’s not why people are voting for it. They want more police and other city services, as promised in this measure.

Then the council needs to authorize the hiring of another 15 out of Measures O (the business license for rental properties tax) and W funds to get us to 126 sworn officers. That is still less than the goal of 1.2 officers per thousand population, but it will go a long way to help reduce crime in our city.

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4 Comments to “Payton Perspective: If passed, no Measure W funds for pay raises until remaining additional police officers promised in Measure C are hired”

  1. Stanley Cordoba says:

    I already voted no.

  2. Loretta Sweatt says:

    I totally agree Allen.

  3. Steve says:

    Voted no. You know as well as most of us do that the city council can not be trusted with what they say or do.

  4. me says:

    Please tell me the number of employees that are paid from the GF vs those on enterprise or special revenue or other dedicated revenue accounts (developer deposits, etc).

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