In answer to this article, we couldn't agree more with what Strikeslip wrote in his blog, Overpaid in New Hartford..., but we will also add a couple of thoughts of our own.
In the Observer Dispatch article:
Union president Paul Colburn said he believes his officers deserve the salaries they get, and he’s negotiating for a raise.Is that a fact? How arrogant!
And don't you just love this one...
“Our job hasn’t changed because of what happened with the town’s money,” he [Colburn] said. “We are still out there 24 hours a day.”Sir, the town's money is what pays your salary or are you buying into Chief Philo's pipe dream that sales tax revenue pays for the "wants and needs " of the police department?
Colburn also said:
...the level of activity in his department should be taken into consideration in determining salaries.How about the level of activity in your department needs to be drastically curtailed if it requires overtime pay to the tune of $20,000 to $25,000 for most officers, thereby boosting retirement benefits, and particularly in light of the fact that the New Hartford town police department is clearly not underpaid to begin with?
Also mentioned in the article:
Statewide organizations that represent police officers said many disparities exist in police pay.Hmmm...
“There is absolutely no correlation between salaries, the size of an agency, how much crime they have and how complex the job is,” said John Grebert, executive director of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police. “It really comes down to the municipality’s ability to pay and the salary of the largest bargaining unit.”
New Hartford's ability to pay....That makes it easy!
Perhaps it's time to follow in the footsteps of the Town of Clay...