Sure, the Police Department and the Fire Dept are vital. And, so are the needs of the Taxpayers. And, the Taxpayers are currently getting the sh#t end of the stick. Tasca and others like him are an example of exactly whats wrong with the current system. Tasca was making $108k plus a year in pay. And, if the average amount of paid total days off in a year for the average Fitchburg cop is 47.95 (see my previous posts on this story) you can rest assured that with 42 years on the job; Tasca was getting alot more than 47.95 paid days off per year. So, he was making a big fat salary for what evolved into a part time job; due to all those paid days off that he was getting. Neddless to say, that does not serve the public's best interest. We can replace one Tasca with two cops on the beat; and they will be on the job a hell of a lot more than Tasca was with all the paid time off that he was getting.Capt. Charles Tasca put himself on the line numerous times for the job,and when they needed someone to step up to chief he was there.You take care of your own!Mayor Wong is an idiot,if you need to save money so bad then cancel this consultant, or have your chief of police take a pay cut to save money.Capts Tasca and Kearns deserve the respect to go out on their own terms. Mayor wong needs to look elsewhere to save money. The police and fire departments are the most vital assets to any town and if mayor wong cant see this then maybe fitchburg needs a new mayor.
The police and their union (as well as the Firefighters and their unions) have a system in place that heavily rewards the public servants who are serving the public the least! And, we wind up with less cops and Firefighters because of the fat pay checks being paid to the upper 1/3 plus of the cops and HALF the Firefighters. And, as I have pointed out countless times, the cops and the Firefighters collecting the fat paychecks DO NOT risk their lives or their personal safety at all while on the job because they work out of the station only!
The public gets the shaft and the public servants cash in BIG TIME!