Farmington to revisit pay plan amid controversy
A five-month fight over the fairness of the city's recently adopted pay plan will resurface as official business in a City Council meeting next month.
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#1 Jan 25, 2013
How can the city justify pay increases for upper level management within the city during these tough economic times? Line workers had step increases frozen along with cost of living increases for the past several years. When increases were given insurance premiums were raised as well giving employees a negative increases.
Basically city management is no different than the senate and congress who alo got to vote themselves a pay increase while the citizens have to do more with less.
Lets take a look at what the upper level management entails. The city manager office has an assistant city manager to aid Mayes, who was than less than qualified for the position, in his duties. Campbell previously held a governmental managers position prior to being hired by the city.
The police department has had several command structures from a chief and major in leadership roles, a chief, major, and captain. Then a chief, and two captain structure. Then a chief, deputy chief, and two captain structure. Under Westall there was a chief and two captain structure. Since Westall took the helm he promoted another captain and created a commanders position. Now you have a chief, 3 captains, and a commander. Where is the sound fiscal management in creating additional high ranking positions within the police department. THe positions were created and promotions who helped Westall clean his dirty hands.
A recently promoted captain who was in charge of IA cleared Westall and McPheeters of any wrong doing in the hinderance of a suspicious death investigation. Directed a former officer to cancel a report number and accomplish a memo instead in regards to missing drug evidence from FPD evidence. Found no wrong doing of possible fraudulent purchase card transactions by former Fire Chief Brown, who was a close friend of Westall, in an internal investigation diirected by Mayes. Seems like the reward for the work was given for the wrong reasons.
Not to mention a majority of the command staff, lieutenants on up, do not hold the education requirements directed by city job description. Some obtain degrees after promoting promotions they were ineligible for.
The city goverment will never change intil the good old boy system is broken up. Advancement will continue to be based on allegiance to the hierarchy and who can do what for who. Look at the Mayes/Westall relationship in regards to the John Mayes fiasco but thats a whole other can of worms.
#2 Jan 26, 2013
How can anyone say anything for fear of losing their job. Imagine how much the city clerk knows about the city council and city staff. Education doesn't apply to some, look at your previous mayor and your city council darnell who is making 100,000 plus just from the san juan safe communities, where he allegedly resigned. Both show no evidence of even having a high school diploma. But if behind the scenes are an indication of loyality to the good old boys than presently darnell is the poster boy. Realistcally, can one imagine in the real world where he could be voted in. I suggested before that his multiple dipping be investigated, but who will do that, his friends on the police force, his friends at the city? Everyone is afraid, if they weren't then the list here would be longer. Ask again what happened to the last topic post.
#3 Jan 27, 2013
I heard they spent months interviewing people for Darnells job and then didn't chose anyone. Darnell is back at the job even tho they all said it was a conflict of interest for him to be on the council and paying himself for the other job.
#4 Feb 6, 2013
It's even more evident than ever! Westall, mcpheeters, Mitchell and Calkins are so paranoid about people finding out about their dirty laundry. They had building maintenance crew come in and re-sound proof their offices. What's not funny, is that they spent tax payers money to do what had been done years ago!
The once great police department has been run into the ground, most well trained senior officers are leaving to work at the Sheriffs department.
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