Wednesday, April 7, 2010

DeKalb Sheriff: Early Retirements Will Leave Jail Understaffed

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22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Brown.....pull some of your road deputies.....they don't do anything anyway. Leave the policing to the police.

Anonymous said...

You just can't tell these knuckleheads anything. Looks like karma's a-comin knockin' on their door.

Anonymous said...

70 from PD to retire....with the over abundance of rookies, the next few years will be interesting.

New Requirements for Promotion/Assignment:

FTO- one year road experience
SGT- 2 years as an MPO
LT- 1 year as with stripes
Instructor - 2.5 years on the road
CID - POII

Corporal - MPO who will do a Sgt's job without the pay or respect.

Anonymous said...

How about you hire the proper amount of C/0's and quit giving your guys unlimited overtime. Paying the proper amount of C/0's and paying them their basic salary would be much more cost effective than allowing any of your boys to come in whenever you're short staffed (must be everyday since I forever have to wait at that damn gate til someone gets off their ass and pushes a button to let me in) for time and a half when they've already got an over inflated salary for doing little to no work when we haven't had an across the board raise since 1999.

LoFlyer said...

Excerpt from the AJC "Johnson said the commission will meet April 16 with the sheriff and other officials to discuss how to keep county services running with less staff.

“We just have to work with the budget we’re faced with,” he said."

Good luck guys! DeKalb leadership refused to recognize the seriousness of the recession at the time (2 years ago) and somehow believed that revenue would remain fairly stable, despite the succession of Dunwoody and the massive fore-closures and the bust in the residential housing bubble, which had previously allowed the county to rake in the cash from the inflated property values. The acting Tax assessor did not help things out by telling the BOC what they wanted to hear; That property values would remain stable and the revenue steady. Fail!
Then we have the politics, DeKalb leaders are almost all "progressive Democrats" heavily invested in "big government" to provide every service to its citizens. Large bond issues leveraged matching federal grants to crate even larger projects that could not be realistically sustained or staffed without significant tax increases to DeKalb citizens.
With the failure to recognize and act upon the upcoming revenue shortfall the BOC had to come up with something quick to balance the budget, without hurting their favorite projects. Hence the generous retirement incentive combined with the "unpaid holidays" and upcoming furloughs instead gutted the county of its most experienced and knowledgeable workers.
The times will remain superficially good for county employees, the younger workers thankful the senior employees are leaving so no lay-offs will occur, the retirees ecstatic to be leaving under favorable terms. Come June first, the retirees will be gone and the surviving employees left to deal with the mess. It will take years for the county to recover.

Anonymous said...

Like they have been doing anything up to this date. Look at all of the warrants they do nothing with. Then when they has a stupid "Round Up" all of the locations are no-longer valid. I don't blame the File I blame the Rank. Thomas Brown is one notch above T-Bow. How incompetent can one be. If I'm not mistaken wasn't it old Tom Brown that hired Louis Graham (another joke)Vernon appointed as Police Chief, who appointed punk a@# Flemister. Try and understand one word with those three clowns in the room. Brown should be ashamed of himself all he has ever done is collect a pay check from the citizens of Dekalb. Oh and Jarvis was just as sad, but at least he new he didn't have clue so he surrounded himself with people like Gene Brown (no relation to the Clown Brown) Major Wayne Melton, Captain Holcomb (RIP) Max Stanley, and Captain Bishop.
Oh and lets not forget if PD arrest someone on a DKSO warrant or any warrant for that matter and they have to go to Grady (another waste of tax payers money) DKSO wont sit on them until they get a room. What the hell is wrong with the medical holding cell they built for police to use. I see APD and Fulton Corrections know how to do things. Tom just assign a few Detention Officers to Grady and let the rest of the Detention Officers stay at the Jail.

Anonymous said...

Amazing, Think I will go to the cave and hibernate, Wake me when this is all over

Anonymous said...

I tell ya whats funny, last night at around 2100 hr's radio dispatched a center unit to a suspicious person standing on the jail property.
Funny thing is, it was a jail deputy that called for our assistance .
Last I checked they carry guns, wear badges,and best of all they are deputized, which means they have more power than us regular old police officers.
Its pretty damn sad that they cant handle their own issues on their own property.
Dont worry the police were politely cancelled.

Anonymous said...

I got one better than that , the Sheriff,s Office called and said they had a Fraud at the Warrant Office. They wanted P.D. to respond, a Police supervisor canceled the call.

Will it ever it end.

Anonymous said...

Everybody calls the police department for every thing it does not matter what the problem is.

Anonymous said...

S.O. is also notorious for working part time jobs and calling P.D. if there is any paperwork to be done.

LoFlyer said...

One last thing, I was here when Maloof RIF'ed employees and offered a modest early retirement incentive about 22-23 years ago. The retirement incentive was based on the points systems. Age and service must be 75 or more to participate, and the incentive was retirement with no penalty. That was it. We lost about 250 good experienced employees that were difficult to replace and then Maloof canned about 250 low-performers that sued the heck out of the county and won on many of the cases. In the 23 years since the last County RIF a lot of things happened in the county, employee pay was deliberately allowed to stagnate and drop below market level of surrounding governments and the BOC and CEO developed a really bad attitude against employees. Between the disrespect of the DeKalb Leadership, the poor pay, and high workload, many of those eligible would of been happy with the previous retirement offer of immediate retirement with no penalty. When I saw the current offer by the county I was stunned. This was better than anything I had dreamed! I think the BOC does not understand the anger of long-time employees at our low pay and mistreatment by the commissioners. I bet we lose 800 employees, many of which will have to be replaced. A less favorable pension incentive would of been more appropriate for the goal of 450 early retirees, and saved the pension fund a lot of your hard-earned cash. The best of luck, mates!

Anonymous said...

I heard that our pension lent the county millions to impliment this early retirement. Is this true?

Anonymous said...

"As of Wednesday, 76 Sheriff’s Office employees -- more than 9 percent of the 828 people on its staff -- had signed up to retire next month. That’s more than any other county department, sheriff’s spokeswoman Mikki Jones told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution".

OH, I wonder why that is? I case you haven't heard, you have a horrible MORAL problem!!! WAKE UP!!!

LoFlyer said...

Anon13, unfortunately you are correct. The annual leave payout plus the 50 percent incentive are all coming from the pension fund, and it is not a loan. Something like 10 million dollars. Sorry, dude!

Anonymous said...

I'm warning you guys. Keep these people AWAY FROM OUR PENSION ! We should hire a law firm to look out for our interests ! FOP...Southern States Union...anybody? I'm worried , you should be too.

Anonymous said...

Very funny that the pension can't give the retirees a cost of living raise but the can GIVE the county 10 MILLION bucks to bail them out. What gives?

Anonymous said...

Lo Flyer and you sure it was not a loan/ How could that be that they just give our money away?

Anonymous said...

Why don't wee hear the true story about the pension money to the county from our so called pension representatives?

LoFlyer said...

The information regarding the annual payout was received from Larry of Gebcorp. I may have misunderstood what Larry said, but he has never steered me wrong, and I did the calculations, 550 employees times 18 grand equals 9,900,000. I'm sorry mates! I feel like I am leaving on the gravy-train and leaving y'all holding the bag....

Anonymous said...

Hell, I'd go too if I had the chance but how can the GIVE our pension money away? This does not sound good. I agree, how can the pension fund refuse cost of living increases to retirees and just Give our money away to the county to help then reduce payrolls? I'd feel a little better about it if it was an interest loan but not much. I just do not trust Dekalb County at all and I agree that we need some one to look out for our pension interests. I don't feel good about our pension board. It may be because they leave us in the dark.

Anonymous said...

Dekalb Officers...do you know anything about our "gift" from the pension to the county? It does not look like anyone in the know from the pension is going to answer the questions. They are giving us the usual "Dekalb County ignore and they will go away".