Monday, November 8, 2010

Bleak Is The Only Way You Can Describe Our Future

When you think times can't get any harder, they do. The commissioners are going to vote to increase our pension contributions 100%. For entry level police officers, that means an increase of about $52.00 per check or $104.00 per month. If you are topped out in your rank, it will be hundreds of dollars more each month. In simple terms, come January 1, 2011 we start the new year off with 4% reduction in pay.

Burrell Ellis claims the commissioners are bound by law to make the increases. He claims the early retirement debacle that cost our pension fund 43 million dollars has nothing to do with it.

Just as he claims that "law" will not let him or any commissioner take a reduction in pay. It is law they receive their full pay while they set back and cut ours to disbelief.

This on the heels of our health insurance premiums being raised as much as $100.00 per month and forcing some police officers to change insurance companies.

We have not had a cost of living increase in years. We have lost our merit pay increases. We have lost our end of the year sick time payments. We have lost paid holidays. We have lost overtime pay. We are being furloughed 7 days this year. The county is facing a 50-80 million deficit in 2011. There is talk, which has not been denied by any commissioner, that we will be furloughed up to 17 days in 2011.

In the meantime, Burrell Ellis hands out pay raises to his staff in upwards of 34% per year, he gives ten of thousands of dollars in payouts to those forced to resign. To this day he continues to give his staff take home cars or car allowances, while we stand in the parking lot waiting on a car so we can go out and protect the public.

The commissioners will not stop. They are opening new police precincts, talking of spending millions of dollars on buildings to open even more precincts. Spending tens of millions of dollars remodeling the slum Recorders Court. Buying up land for new parks. It just keeps going on and on.

It is becoming more and more clear everyday. Burrell Ellis and the commissioners are raiding the treasures of DeKalb County and giving it to the "few and the favored", all the while trying to make up for their crimes on the backs of the hard working police officer.

Not one commissioner has stood up and said STOP! ENOUGH ALREADY! WE HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF OUR POLICE FIRST!

The antics of these commissioners will cause the safety of the citizenry to crumble. A demoralized, underpaid, unappreciated police department is not an effective police department. The citizens will suffer.

Sorry Assistant Chief Yarbrough, the timing of your promotion could not have been worse. And your question put to all the uniform Majors and Captains on what can be done to improve morale, make working conditions better or what positive improvements can be made, sounds a little silly, for a lack of a better word.

How much more are we going to take!

For your reading enjoyment, click here for Ellis' memo.

AJC article here.

The madness will never end!

75 comments:

Anonymous said...

Our pension board gave $43 million dollars, FORTY THREE MILLION DOLLARS to help fund an early retirement package that backfired.

What the hell is going on ?

Anonymous said...

We as police officers need to organize as 1 and go in full force to the commissioners and let them no this SHIT has to stop. This makes no sense...all of these projects on the back of the officers while we suffer...there appear to be no shame for whats being done..we need to come together and march to stop dis shit...we break our efffing necks everyday dealing with these efffing crime figures..shouldn't there be some dam exceptions for that mere fact...OFFICERS WE NEED TO STAND UP NOW..THEY CAN'T FIRE US...MAYBE TRANSFER BUT WHO CARES THE WORST IS ALREADY UPON US...then policy dictate how many hours of pt we work...shit if not for da hours I work I'll lose my home. with all dis shit going on it shouldn't b no limit on how many hours we can work...God, I neva thought I would b losing this much money at this time n my career....

Anonymous said...

I heard Mr CEO, Jr is re-furnishing his office. Can anyone confirm or deny?

Anonymous said...

The question is are we working for a SINKING SHIP, we will know when the commissioners explain how they will survive this current problem.

Anonymous said...

m outta here A.S.A.P.

Anonymous said...

Im going to try to get fired b4 Jan 1st. This way I canb collect my 80 weks of free money..... Thanks Bama care.....

Anonymous said...

Ok so we have to kick in an extra 8.5 million and the county has to kick in 16 million. Something doesn't seem right. Before the early out the increases being talked about by the pension board were nothing like these amounts. I know it lost money a couple of years ago but the a large portion lost has already bounced back.

I'd like to know at what percentage the pension is funded at currently. Again something just doesn't seem right.

To our BOC and CEO you sure have made one huge mess. Thanks for nothing. To the chief and command staff, I hate it for you but you're going to bare the brunt of the attack. To the CITIZENS of Dekalb county, remeber you get what you pay for. You voted these idiots in and love all your special little projects. Well now it's time to pay the piper.

Hunker down fellas, this is going to be a tough year.

Anonymous said...

STRIKE!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Well, this is the first time I've posted on this blog and it will probably be the last. I would like to thank you dekalb for the four years policing experience you have given me at one of the most dangerous areas in the entire state. My experience and skills will be a welcomed asset at a department that can provide me with a humble means of existence, which you are obviously too inept. Really just can't think of a single reason to stay at this point. Good luck all.

Anonymous said...

ALL of you thought Burrell Ellis was the best thing since sliced bread because he got rid of Tebo and opened his doors for those smoke and mirror meetings when he first took office. I hope all of you realize that he has never nor will he ever give a damn about DKPD. Hell he still has the Sheriff's Dept. as his security. The sad thing about it all is that he will get a second term.

Gold Badge said...

Anon 8:02 said, "We as police officers need to organize as 1 and go in full force to the commissioners and let them no this SHIT has to stop."

My answer...why do you think I reinstated my FOP membership. I haven't the seen the IBPO or the PBA at community meetings or BOC meetings.

Jeff Wiggs speaks for me...

I see the FOP and the FOP Legal Defense Plan as money well spent.

Anonymous said...

I feel ticket quota's are coming and this means threats and intimidation to the precinct commanders and the troops. I bet the new A/C will make this a priority in his regime. He has to make himself look good to retain the position.

They are already saying the county needs money and quit writing warning tickets.

Anonymous said...

I bet this will be good recruiting propaganda for future officers.

I give up on this place. I'm glad I live in another county.

Foghorn Leghorn said...

Listen here boy, I say listen up....Now this $hit is funny....I tried telling you guys earlier that this was coming but it fell on deaf ears...not to mention the fact that the Blog Master loves to screen the comments made by some of us and only post what the Blog Master approves...talk about objective...

Anyway I did post a comment regarding this very thing only to be ignored and basically called a liar by the LoFlyer...like I said this $hit is funny...and the Hits Keep on Coming...

Anonymous said...

Hey Blog Master...gonna screen this post as well....

Nothing worse then setting your on agenda....feels pretty damn good having all that power...

Anonymous said...

OK... I KNOW the S word is dangerous but we need to ban together and make something happen how much more abuse can we take before we finally decide to stand up together and say NOOOOOOOOOOO More Bending us over.... COME ON People when will we learn individually we are nothing but together we can get whatever we want lets bring some national attention to DEKALB... They are killings us out here!

Anonymous said...

We all need to see a the last 2 quarterly statements for the pension.

Does anyone have access to these??

Anonymous said...

As a 20 yr. veteran at DKPD it is a SAD SAD scenario when I can start anew at an adjacent agency and get a NEW take home car and more take home pay as a new employee than I will have now at Dekalb. SEE YA LATER GHETTO DUMP...

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Anonymous said...

Sounds to me like the officers need to go on strike or get hired with a department that backs their officers! I'll give DeKalb County one thing; their officers have a lot of experience dealing with crime and I would stand by any officer's side any day of the week. However, their politics suck and they don't know how to manage the county's money. Either someone needs a better education or I guess a degree is just worthless in DeKalb County.

Anonymous said...

Ellis, you're kidding right?

There's a shortage of funds in the pension, but it has nothing to do with the huge withdrawal that was just made?

"Look, honey, I know our checking account is almost empty, but it has nothing to do with the thousands of dollars I spent at strip clubs!"

Optimus Prime said...

A lot more hard talk from you guys but I guarantee no follow through. I propose a mass exodus...give them a deadline. Can you imagine 150+ officers threatening their resignation on the same day? Start looking elsewhere brothers. Gwinnett, Fulton, Alpharetta, Atlanta...hell, even Johns Creek (shout out to PatsQB). I propose March 17, 2011. Everyone will have a reason to celebrate anyways...

Anonymous said...

AGREED... March 17, freeze what you have while still something to freeze and show for you efforts.

Anonymous said...

Looks like all the assistant chiefs will have to start handling pending signal 3s with no officers to surprise and browbeat. ...ENJOY

LoFlyer said...

Foghorn-leghorn. My email is kencnet@hotmail.com, feel free to email me with your concerns. while we may disagree on specific issues, I feel certain we can agree on the basic issues facing the county. I admire your style!
I just read the AJC story and I am totally bewildered. First, I thought the employee contribution was only 2 1/2 percent and the county was 7 1/2 percent. Now I find that DeKalb employees are contributing 4 1/2 while the county was contributing nine percent. The AJC says that is about to double for both to roughly 9 percent for the employees and 17 percent for the county.
I think it safe to state I have no idea what is going on in with the pension board and cannot be held credible for any statements I make regarding our pension.
First, I have to humbly apologize to the BOC for calling them liars and hypocrites in a previous related thread.
Second, it's been my experience with the BOC that they will never approve doubling their contribution to the pension fund from 9 to 17 percent. They will approve doubling employee contribution but it is not in the BOC's psychological profile to increase the county contribution to an incredible 17 percent.
While the BOC and CEO have no problem with giving their own staffs hefty raises and 500 a month transportation allowances, they despise rank 'n file county employees too much to ever think about doubling the county pension contribution. They all think y'all are under-worked and overpaid to start with.
The CEO and BOC refuse to even tour the county facilities or talk with the employees so they are clueless to the issues and conditions facing DeKalb workers.
The AJC story needs to be confirmed because it is inconsistent with the pension board minutes that have been published in this blog.
Perhaps the pension board chairman can step forward and clarify the situation. As I have said before, the pension-board needs its own web-site to disburse pertinent and timely information to the employees and retirees, including publishing the pension board minutes within two weeks after the meeting. This is fracken' ridiculous waiting three months to see the transcript.
All I can safely say mates, is hold onto your hats! Your in for a hell of a ride!
The very best of luck, guys!

Anonymous said...

I think Optimus be on to something.

They didn't think we could organize a ticket strike, but we did. Maybe now we can take it a step further. An actual strike.

Like Optimus said, let's give them a deadline. We want at least a 5% across the board raise or we strike. What are they going to do to us? Fire us? They can't! Strength in numbers! They need us, whether they'll admit it or not! They'll realize just how much they need us when no one shows up for work and 911 calls go unanswered! Let's see them get re-elected then!

5% by St. Patrick's Day, or we strike!

Anonymous said...

DeKalb County if FULL of criminals. They naturally elect criminals to be county commissioners and run the show. Criminals hate the law & the police that enforce the law, therefore they hate YOU and I!
We will never get a fair shake from them and they will always screw us over if they get a chance. The criminal element is "empowered" now and until they are deposed DeKalb will be a haven for criminals and hell for law enforcement officers.
Now some might say that there is no reason for the police department to even exist. To those I say that we are the only thing Decatur truly fears. We represent LAW and Order, the way it is written in the book. Not the way some sham judge elected via racial bias sees it, but the actual LAW. Not the way some sham DA sees it only prosecuting certain cases that will boost his or her political aspirations, but the actual LAW. Not the way some idiot appointed offical in Washington DC sees it, but the actual LAW. Not the way some criminally inclined county commissioner sees it and trys to sneak and weasel and steal from this county for thier own financial and political benefit, but the actual LAW.
We are the ones holding thier feet to the fire and we are the ones who make them nervous and keep them awake at night. If they try to disband or defund the police department here it will be because we are showing the truth about them for what they really are. They, the county commissioners, are self serving clowns who have given the whole circus away. The people of DeKalb need to wake up and understand they that have been taken to the cleaners by the con artists they elected.
Some say "be glad you have a job, any job in this economic environment". I say our employers have changed the rules on us over and over and over until we no longer have a chance to do our job and survive. The cards have been stacked against us by the bad guys in DeKalb. Should we cut our losses, fall back and dig in elsewhere and make a final stand? Or, should we continue to fight for what is right and true and good even where the vast majority of the people of the county and thier elected officals hate us?
Sgt Friendly says...Only the DeKalb Officers can make that decision.....

Anonymous said...

$43 million dollars from the pension fund? Isn't the pension board supposed to protect the pension? That sounds like a huge mistake to me. I agree, why to we have to wait so long for the results of a pension meeting and why is it that they mostly never communitated with us at all or at least in a menner that we could readily access. NYPD actively participates in pension decions. We need a pension advocate. We need to attend pension meetings in mass on a continuous basis. We need to take charge of the parts of our future that we may possibly have some effect on and soon.

Anonymous said...

January 2011....GCPD I'm 10-76...Come join me ladies and gentlemen, they still want us and will respect our profession! F**K You Pension board and F**K YOU BOC...what a bunch of idiots that have no idea what the turn over rate will be in 2011...UNBELIEVABLE

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know when the next BOC meeting is ? This is a good venue to vent but there is no pressure on the leadership of the county when we are all sitting at home bitching on some website.

I propose we get off our asses and all show up to the next series of meetings that are going to decide our financial future.

Its up to us to start facilitating a change people...perhaps some bad press when the news trucks show up to film a large group of abused employees at the next BOC meeting......None of the leaderless leaders in this county will stand up for us. ITS UP TO US

Anonymous said...

Start turning in resignations post dated March 17, 2011. That is more than enough time to secure employment with an agency that is generally safe and has a community and commissioners that actually want and back their police officers. Let Dekalb devolve into the new Detroit it has become. There is nothing a 1% of decent individuals can do in that environment but become victims themselves. Imagine sitting in front of a Dekalb County jury of your alleged "peers" on trial for doing your job or defending your life in that cesspool. Only a fool would leave themselves and their family at risk for that situation.

Anonymous said...

I just wrote my resignation letter and post dated it for March 17, 2011. I would say I'm moving on to greener pastures but you gotta have grass to be a pasture. DeKalb is a barren wasteland.

I'm Ron Burgundy? said...

Ladies and Gentlemen may I have your attention. I have a very important announcement: As of March 17, 2011 I will no longer be employed by DeKalb County. Enough is enough. My post dated resignation letter is already in my Sgt.'s box. I encourage you all to do the same.

Anonymous said...

I've been with the county for 9 years. My 10 year mark is just around the corner. Once I hit 10 years I'm getting the Hell out of DeKalb. I've already got my paperwork started with Sandy Springs. We are going to celebrate big time on St. Paddy's Day!

Anonymous said...

This is the last straw!

Not only has our pay been cut by at least $2000 a year because of furloughs, but now we can add another $2500 pay cut on top of that because of our increased pension contributions!

Screw the 5% raise! We've lost over 10% of our pay over the last 3 years! Enough is enough! 10% raises or we blue flu!!

Anonymous said...

Public Safety is the red headed step child of DeKalb County. No other employees sacrifice more than we do. And what do we get in return? Pay cuts, furlough days, insurance and pension increases...enough is enough. What reason do we have to stay with DeKalb County? Whether you've been here 25 years or 2 days, there is nothing left here for you. I support the St. Patricks Day Resignation Movement. If you're smart you'll be apart of it. Don't let anyone tell you differently. You can get a job at another agency real easy. And there you will be supported 50 times better than here.

Anonymous said...

Guys, Can we join you in protest???? I am in IS and it SUCKS here too...By taking out the Cigna HMO, my personal medical expense went up by 20% next year compared to this year[not counting the premium increase]. And now the pension paycheck shrink of another 4%....

What a bunch of B.S. that the early retirement plan had no impact on this decision.

Bottom line is that all employees need to unite and be vocal about this unfair and terrible treatment of all of us.

Any ideas on how to do that?

Anonymous said...

Anon 11:57
Thats why a lot of us left several years ago. We could see the handwriting on the wall. We love our families too much to risk total financial ruin at the whim of idiots. Take my advice.....leave now while you still can. Hopefully you are young enough to start over and learn from your mistake that you made by working for DeKalb in the first place.

Anonymous said...

The County pension fund is based on a 7.75% yearly investment return. Some financial honchos say that this is too high and should be about 6%. This means that if the County adopted and used the more conservative 6% number, that both it and the employees would have to contribute more money each year.

If the county is paying the pension fund an interest rate of 7 1/2 percent on the $43 million borrowed from it to pay for the early retirement program, then nothing is lost. But I doubt that the County is paying 7 1/2%, or even anything. Then there is the question of how does the $43 million principal get paid back. I really question the legality of the borrowing. If I was a county employee, I would want to know answers to these questions. You guys should be asking for the legal opinion given to the pension board.

The County pays $110 million in healthcare costs each year for its current employees and retirees. It pays another $46 million for retirement benefits making a total of $156 million out of the total budget of about $600 million. Not much is left to do anything useful. There just are too many employees in the job creation factory.

Dekalb County already has the second-highest tax rate in the metro-area, beating Clayton County by only a few hundredths of a mil. As a taxpayer, I am preparing to grasp my ankles a little more tightly as they stick it to me for more taxes.

Anonymous said...

Keep up the pressure....

Need to see some quarterly statements.

Anonymous said...

APD really seems to be headed in a great direction with a supportive Mayor and Chief that aren't afraid of their own shadows. If you prefer a metro environment to work in APD is a great choice. I know of one former DKPD PO2 that switched not long ago and is already a sergeant at APD. Best of luck guys, Dekalb is a lost cause.

Anonymous said...

Actually veterans have the MOST incentive to leave now. As a retiree your pension is frozen as is until old enough to collect. As a current employee you are subject to the BOC's whims and corruption as you can CLEARLY see. Stay and you will see your retirement disappear overnight. If you remain at Dekalb you deserve what you get as you have been warned numerous times.

Anonymous said...

You can HAVE this ghetto horsesh*&. Tn here I come...

Anonymous said...

Ditto on March 17, hope they can find, train, and retain some officers by then because I won't be a slave to these idiots any longer.

Anonymous said...

Why wait until March 17, 2011 to display our concerns with the BOC and the CEO? I have noticed that many county employees are utilizing November 24, 2010 as one of their furlough days. I believe that this would be a great day for all furloughed DeKalb County employees to gather up our families and post ourselves outside the BOC and CEO offices. All county employees need to unite and show these elected officials the faces of those they are hurting. This would have the potential for media coverage and could possibly give us a voice. By no means am I encouraging an all out protest, just a reminder that we have families to support and we are tired of being mistreated and unheard. How about it FOP President Wiggs? Would the FOP support such an idea? I find it sickening that just last Saturday, the BOC and CEO sponsored an “Employee Appreciation Picnic” then on Monday, the CEO sprung the news concerning the retirement contribution increase? What’s in store for employee appreciation next year…a soup kitchen?

Anonymous said...

Everything has a tipping point. The CEO, the BOC and now Mike Yarbrough. We are close to that tipping point. Very, very close!

Anonymous said...

Whats the deal with 03-17-11? Why dont we leave on Jan 1st 2011? Can someone explain. Either way Im gone.... O-yea,,,,, m outta here ASAP.

Foghorn Leghorn said...

Listen here son, I say listen up.. ya gotta learn to walk before ya run son...This county is lie a cesspool...it needs an Enema to clean it out... There ain't no leadership left they all scared to voice their opposition...got to protect their little bit of turf they've been given, don't cha see it....Gonna rename this place the Bounty...and the mutiny is coming...

LoFlyer said...

The very best of luck, Ron Burgandy, Many thanks for your service and dedication!

Anonymous said...

"If the county is paying the pension fund an interest rate of 7 1/2 percent on the $43 million borrowed from it to pay for the early retirement program, then nothing is lost. But I doubt that the County is paying 7 1/2%, or even anything. Then there is the question of how does the $43 million principal get paid back. I really question the legality of the borrowing. If I was a county employee, I would want to know answers to these questions. You guys should be asking for the legal opinion given to the pension board"

Yea...why the big damn secret on this? We have the right to know. These suckers are a bunch of sneaks.

Anonymous said...

So many of you it sounds are wanting to unite. There you go! Keep it up!

Now, I ask you. Are you a member of the FOP? The only speaking for members and non-members alike. If not, then you should. Membership is climbing by the day as more and more officers stand up for themselves. Come on now. Do it. And attend the meetings. Don't keep yourself separate and isolated. Get engaged-stay engaged. What better place to come together, unite as one voice, and collectively plan attendance en mass at BOC meetings or staging protests outside of those meetings or their kingdom on Ponce DeLeon.

UNITE! Put your money where your mouth is. For your own good. Certainly all of you can find some way to pay the modest membership for the only voice speaking on our behalf in DeKalb County. It is money well spent and I have no regrets. The FOP has the experience to organize and garner public support.

Thank you, and I look forward to seeing all of you soon.

AL

Anonymous said...

The community as a whole in Dekalb will NEVER support the police and the BOC is certainly not fearful of an impotent FOP. This is a right to work State remember, you won't have any bargain rights in the foreseeable future. Grow up and stop pushing your agenda here and move on to a winnable war. Anyone with any sense or is career minded has left Dekalb County.

Anonymous said...

The problem with asking people to join FOP is it's a gamble. It's a gamble some of us just can't afford. If the FOP is serious about gaining members so they can go to the BOC and say, "We represent 90% of officers" then waive membership dues for 1 year. Get hundreds of officers to sign up, represent us all at the meetings, get something accomplished for us, then start charging us dues.

What does the FOP stand to lose by doing this? I keep hearing you need members for the BOC to listen to you. Make it free for a year. You'll get your members. Show us what you can do, then we can dig into our pockets for the dues. But it's kind of hard to justify digging into our pockets now because you 'might' be able to do something if enough people do the same.

Anonymous said...

Just an observation, but Hank Johnson, for all his Gaumanian turning turtle fears, supported federal legislation to give public safety workers collective bargaining rights, one of the goals of the FOP that was crushed by the Republicans.

Also, striking is a fireable offense. Abuse of sick time is also an offense that can cause loss of pay, demotion or firing.

A mass resignation is not, and wouldn't appear in your POST records.

One final thing, Most pension plans, both public and private, lost nearly 30% of their value during the 2008 crash. Pension increases on that basis alone were inevitable.

While I'm highly curious as to how much an impact the early retirement had on the fund, not everything is a conspiracy.

Sometimes things just suck.

Anonymous said...

This kind of stuff makes me sick.
Think I'll call in sick.

Anonymous said...

Joining the FOP is a gamble?

How so?.... $85 for one year of membership buys me the following:

1. Membership
2. Someone who who will speak for me and attend BOC meetings.
3. Someone who will speak to the media on my behalf.
4. Life Insurance
5. The ability to purchase Legal Defense via the FOP group plan.
6. Use of the lodge

Gamble ......... no, I get value for my $85.

Anonymous said...

I didn't come here to go on food stamps.
At least someone is getting treated better than us.

http://blogs.ajc.com/business-beat/2010/11/10/google-giving-holiday-bonus-and-10-raise-to-workers/

Anonymous said...

I'm SO over this section 8 police department. I'll be handing in my resignation tomorrow and pulling my 10 grand out of their pension stealing hands to live off of while joining a REAL police department. Enjoy your food stamps and Obama Care Dekalb. ...GOOD LORD

Anonymous said...

Ron Bungrundy,

You are not resigning so shut the hell up. None of you posting on this site will resign in March. You have families to feed so think about it. You never know they may call everyone on their bluff and make you resign in March, what will you do then. What is FOP doing besides sitting on their asses.

Anonymous said...

WATCH and see... Not all of us have lived paycheck to paycheck but have invested well over the years when adequately paid and have no issues at all taking time off to invest in a better future for ourselves and families. Obviously YOU didn't prepare for YOUR family or yourself.

Anonymous said...

Ron......I think you'd be surprised to see Sgt. Wigg's schedule.....BOC meetings, meetings with the chief and Director Miller, etc...... he's done more in one week than the PBA and the IBPO combined have done in three years.

When's the last time you saw someone other than Wiggs /FOP on the evening news or quoted in the paper?

Anonymous said...

So what is the point of attending these meetings, to state the obvious? Everyone is ware of the issues, the only action we could take was taken with the ticket slowdown which the FOP wouldn't even publicly support. Mass exodus is the only response remaining, Dekalb will have to crumble completely to the ground before it can be rebuilt with honest citizens and leaders alike, just like the banks and nation as a whole.

Anonymous said...

To Anon 10:11

1. Membership [Wow! Do I get pretty pin to show off?? That sure helps with my bills!]

2. Someone who who will speak for me and attend BOC meetings. [Wow!! Wait, do they ever listen? No. So how does that help with my bills?]

3. Someone who will speak to the media on my behalf. [Wow! Wait, how does that help with my bills?]

4. Life Insurance [IWow! can get that anywhere. How does that help with my bills?]

5. The ability to purchase Legal Defense via the FOP group plan. [Wow! I have the opportunity to give them even more money?? How does that help with my bills?]

6. Use of the lodge [Wow! I have friends outside of work. I don't need the lodge to hang out at. How does that help with my bills?]

Show me results. If the FOP needs higher numbers to get the BOC to listen, then give me a year for free. Let me see my paycheck go up, then I'll pay dues.

Anonymous said...

I just spoke to Natiowide Retirement Solutions (Deferred Comp) and they have had numerous requests for early withdrawls due to the hardships cause by furlough days. I assume Gebcorp has had similar requests and losses. Thanks AGAIN Dekalb for more financial losses due to your mismanagement and corruption. IDIOTS...

Anonymous said...

I have never been a big supporter of the FOP but Iam going to give them a chance to represent me and join. Iam not a member right now but I will be within two weeks.

Anonymous said...

I hear Chamblee is hiring 12 officers to expand into Huntley Hills and they pay extra for experience. Haven't heard about any furloughs there and their retirement and health care is paid entirely by the city....just saying.

Anonymous said...

Everyone is being furlough except the sheriff department and they also have to work overtime. The sheriff requested a million more dollars to his budget this year to help pay cost of overtime.

I think I'm starting to see the picture.

Anonymous said...

To Anon 1011,
Do us all a favor and leave already or better yet just shoot yourself.

Anonymous said...

Do you seriously want to gain the attention of the BOC? Here is a suggestion for an organized effort. How about a few billboards around the county notifying the public of our current dilemma? With enough support, Police Officers and Fireman could easily pay for this advertisement. Maybe a picture of a Police Officer and Fireman with a message reading “The County Commissioners are furloughing Police and Fire, Who’s protecting you and your loved ones when their not?’

As you all know talk is cheap. We have to start somewhere because in the 24 years that I have been here, representation for Police and Fire has not produced any credible results. Time to put up!

Anonymous said...

Very well said! ALL DeKalb County employees must stand up in unity and put a end to this madness before we're paying the county to work there. Everyone should go on strike, what are they going to do, write us up and take our pay?

Anonymous said...

To 4:39 pm

Thank you for your comment, however you see you were the only one to respond to my suggestion. That’s why there will be no change, no solidarity. Officers talk and vent about their frustrations however when comes down to real action there is no support. Ticket Slow Down? That’s a joke. Do you remember when TB was in charge? Ticket writing was at an all time high however we did not see any pay increases for this tremendous effort. Ticket Slow Down? Do you actually think that TAC participated in this SLOW DOWN? Get real folks, if you don’t like my suggestion then come up with your own. I’ll be your Huckleberry

Anonymous said...

The intent of this blog is good, but the administrator should really cut out the anonymous posts. Most of you talk big shyt but you hide behind your "badges". I will venture to say that your probably do the same at work. Allow other officers to work your teroritory while you "hide" because of pay and other personal issues that you want other officers to support you on. Take your bitching, non-working asses on. I am a proud police officer and not ashamed to say it. This is my department, we are having hard times right now, like most organizations in this country. Either police spirit is in you or its not. If you are here for a check, Quik Trip and Waffle House are hiring and they have better benefits! If you dont want to be here..stop telling what you gonna do, just do it..don't wait, go now. I rather work with 1-2 real and true officers than any of you who complain non-stop. FOP man, I support you because through it all, you about reclaiming the prestige of the DeKalb Badge. I respect that. Like all things, this too will pass..maybe we are going through this to weed out the pretenders..like special forces training, the harder it gets, the weak will quit. I am still here and will see the real troops through our negative phase. And for those of you that have already left and its so great where you are, why are you even on this site? You said good bye already..go sling your negative dirt and drama elsewhere! Real officers, keep up the good fight, back and support each other, I will never leave you during the gun fight! We will survive this!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
The intent of this blog is good, but the administrator should really cut out the anonymous posts. Most of you talk big shyt but you hide behind your "badges". I will venture to say that your probably do the same at work.........I am a proud police officer and not ashamed to say it.


One observation - why didn't you sign you NAME?

Anonymous said...

HHHaaaa I was think the same....

Anonymous said...

ANON 11/14 1:04 AM - LOL!!!!!!!! OK RIGHT??!!