Bear Valley Contracts Include Automobiles- BVS Residents Upset

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Yeakley Must Go

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#1 Dec 22, 2011
Of course General Manager Yeakley approves since he does not live in Bear Valley. We are finding ways keep cost down and this idiot is costing us more than we can handle. Yeakley does not live here and he could care less about our costs. Bear Valley residents do not need this selfish person who does not care about our community but only focuses on how to get more freebies. Bear Valley has had a rise in crime and child molesters and Yeakley is getting a free car and using it for personal use on our dime. I can barely afford the gas to get to and from work and Yeakley who makes more than do expects me to support his driving habits? I say it's time to let Yeakley go.

The following By Tehachapi News Staff Report

Contracts for top managers of the Bear Valley Community Services District approved at the Dec. 8 meeting of the Board of Directors, include provisions for vehicles that some employees may use for personal or business use — and that others may use to commute to and from their homes in the San Joaquin Valley.

And although Bear Valley police officers (with the exception of the Chief of Police) must live within 30 miles drive time of Bear Valley to be able to take home a patrol vehicle, there are no restrictions on where managers may live.

The practice has hundreds of people in Bear Valley Springs upset, and concerns were taken to the Dec. 5 meeting of the district’s Administration Committee, as well as to the Dec. 8 meeting of the Board of Directors.

At the Dec. 5 meeting of the committee reviewed a staff report prepared by General Manager John Yeakley concerning police vehicle policy.

Speakers at the meeting questioned why vehicles assigned to managers weren’t being addressed.

Yeakley said they would be addressed at a future meeting. He noted that vehicles are assigned to the General Manager, Asst. General Manager, Police Chief, and four utility managers.

According to the contracts approved at the Dec. 8 meeting, the practice of the district has been to repeatedly renew contracts, with the management contracts including provisions that any “take away” of benefits, such as vehicles, could be considered a termination and subject the district to paying the equivalent of 12 months pay to the General Manager or 6 months pay to the other managers.

According to copies of the agreements obtained by the Tehachapi News as part of a public records request, annual base salaries — in addition to automobile use, retirement, vacation, sick leave and other benefits — of key managers of the BVC SD is as follows:

General Manager,$130,687.44, as of the last contract.

Asst. General Manager,$88,800, however this was adjusted to $94,118.76 as of July 2011, following an increase in pay to other non-management employees.

Police Chief,$101,214.20. However, this was adjusted to $107,270.86 as of July 1, as a result of an increase in police officer pay.

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