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CalPERS nixes interim police chief's extension

Original post made on Jan 8, 2013

Contract issues are troubling Menlo Park lately, with the state's retirement agency refusing to allow an extension of interim Police Chief Lee Violett's employment on the one hand, and investigating former personnel director Glen Kramer's continued employment as a contractor on the other.

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Posted by Disgusted
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 8, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Glen Kramer's greed is what gives public employees a bad name. He retired in 2010, making more than most employees and continued to double dip for the last 2 years. The City knew he was retiring, yet did nothing to have his duties re-distributed. And why isn't payroll automated? With 40 years in the City, you would think that Kramer did something right. And he is not the only one to blame. City Management allowed him to continue his outdated work processes. Now the City is hiring an Assistant to the City Manager. Another outrage, when there is already a City Manager and an Assistant City Manager. When is the council going to wake up? a greedy

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Posted by Perspective
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on Jan 8, 2013 at 10:18 pm

You should not blame Glen Kramer that Glen Rojas did nothing to prepare a new person to do Kramer's job. Rojas made a lot more than Kramer, but even so, Kramer retired around the time city residents were proposing a two-tier retirement system. If Rojas had tried to hire a new person, we can assume Disgusted would have complained that the city must wait unil Measure L was implemented.

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Posted by OLD TIMER
a resident of another community
on Jan 11, 2013 at 11:39 am

1) In 1978 when prop 13 passed and Councilman Stephens wanted all city employees to go to 30 hour work weeks, Kramer successfully organized city workers and brought in the Union SEIU 715.
2) Eventually, a new City Manager, Jan Dolan had the wisdom (maybe?) at the time to pluck him from his department and install him as Head of Human Resources. It appeared at least to place him on her side of the bargaining table.
3) In 2007 Kramer and Rojas knew they would turn 55 after 2009 and negotiated and presented the new (higher) 2.7% retirement formula (a formula that more or less maxes out at age 55)to the council. It was effective in April 2009. A nice bit of distance for all concerned.
4) In 2008/09 Frank Benest was hired as a consultant to prep all of the city's managers on succession planning indicating many retirements were coming down the spike and managers needed to plan ahead.
5) In spite of that. Kramer and Rojas each retired without adequate notice to hire replacements evidenced by both of them double dipping. At the time, PV and Woodside each had town managers retire with adequate notice to perform the search for replacements.