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Editorial: Spiraling costs of public employees

Original post made on Apr 16, 2008

Menlo Park is learning a costly lesson about compensation for its valued public safety employees: What may look like a bargain contract one year can come back to haunt you the next.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 12:00 AM

Comments (4)

Posted by Realistic, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Apr 16, 2008 at 7:51 am

The "bargain contracts" of the past weren't at the heart of the problem. The council and city manager, David Boesch, ignored the extreme decline in morale caused by cronyism and bad management at the top. I don't know if these problems exist now, under Goitia's management, but it was apparent by the number of officers leaving and by what some of the more vocal ones said that the real problem was being ignored by city officials. Now the city's taxpayers are paying the price. Sad.

Posted by What do you know, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Apr 16, 2008 at 5:34 pm

It's easy to throw out terms like "...extreme decline in morale caused by cronyism and bad management at the top." with no facts. Funny, how the City began negotiations and raised salaries to a competitive level and are now able to staff its Police workforce. Until you have been in a position to know the challenges in recruiting and retain sworn personnel (especially those that come from other agencies), and you have your facts straight - or any facts at all - then perhaps your opinion is worth about as much as a lower negotiatied contract would have been worth in keeping and attracting sworn personnel... and that would be worth nothing.

Posted by Joanna, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 16, 2008 at 7:12 pm

What do you know,

Hmmm.... what kind of facts would you like? Do you have clean and untouched data? How do you quantify morale? What scale do you use? What are your survey methods?

The census is hiring after you finish your gig with MP.

Posted by Realistic, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Apr 16, 2008 at 9:05 pm

What do you know, Before the period of time now known as The Exodus, the rate of veteran officers leaving the department before retirement was extremely low. This is a fact. Check it out.

During the time the police chief before Goitia was in charge, the rate of resignations of veteran officers going to the sheriffs department or other police forces shot up through the stratosphere. Can you explain this? I was told by several of these veteran officers who got the hell out of Dodge that the department was a shambles because of poor management, cronyism and vindictiveness, and that they were leaving in spite of their original intentions of staying there until retirement. So, What do you know, what DO you know?

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