After 25 years, St. Clair Shores' fire chief to retire

Mar 19, 2010 Full story: Detroit Free Press 117

Fire Chief Matthew Kovalcik is retiring with his last day scheduled for April 14, the city of St.

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Saint Clair Shores, MI

#103 Mar 24, 2010
Karnac wrote:
I heard the Fire chief has 25 years of service with the city and the Police Chief has over 30. Maybe they just think it's time to call it quits. When the good ole auto workers got their "buy outs" nobody said anything. Nobody complained when they got their fat profit sharing checks. No body called them out when they got laid off and collected 90% of their pay. Nobody complained when they got weeks off for change over and received their sub-pay. Want to talk about workers who screwed the american public and ruined the economy....the U Ain't Workers, or UAW. Now that things have gone south for them, they wish to throw, stones. What a bunch of whiners. We aren't happy unless we have someone to blame for all our ills. You people make me want to puke.
Now they want to take away everybody job that they think they can do but cannot do at all.
Karnac

Mount Clemens, MI

#104 Mar 24, 2010
I worked for Chrysler for 34 years. I remember working 60+ weeks and dragging in money hand over fist. Christ, I was making more money than I knew what to do with. If the line was running, I was sitting, getting paid to drink coffee and read the paper. If the line went down, well I guess I earned my money then. I joked about "taking" a summer off on voluntary layoff and getting my subpay. Come people, we have to lay blame where it belongs- on ourselves. When times were good nobody gave a fiddlers f...! Now we wallow in our tears. Man up! I didn't hesitate to get my buy out. I'm certainly not going to pick on the cops and firemen. And yes, I have family who are public safety officers. They earn their keep. Lay off!
Sue

Roseville, MI

#105 Mar 24, 2010
Karnac wrote:
I worked for Chrysler for 34 years. I remember working 60+ weeks and dragging in money hand over fist. Christ, I was making more money than I knew what to do with. If the line was running, I was sitting, getting paid to drink coffee and read the paper. If the line went down, well I guess I earned my money then. I joked about "taking" a summer off on voluntary layoff and getting my subpay. Come people, we have to lay blame where it belongs- on ourselves. When times were good nobody gave a fiddlers f...! Now we wallow in our tears. Man up! I didn't hesitate to get my buy out. I'm certainly not going to pick on the cops and firemen. And yes, I have family who are public safety officers. They earn their keep. Lay off!
40 days ago I walked into my office of almost fifteen years - and learned I was no longer employed there. When I asked, "Why?" - I was told they didn't need a reason - it was a "right to work state". It was raining like crazy when I walked to my car - God was crying for me! The pain didn't really begin until my three children came home wondering why I was there. All three had a different reaction. My nineteen year old son didn't say one word - just went quietly to his room. He had waited a year for college and now it was clear...he wait longer. My sixteen year old daughter sworn and quickly apologized - but I understood. The eleven year old just burst out crying and was inconsolable. My husband is in the termite business - He is straight commision! How we'll get by I just don't know - I have to stay upbeat for the kids. What upsets me most is that I am impacting my children' life - College may be a dream for them. My father died when I was 2 - My mother made no plans for us girls - when we turned eighteen, we were on our own. I work all through high school and later went to college to have a better life. After college, I work as a scientist during the day and waitress at night so I could buy a home and pay off my school loans. My dream was to give my children a college eduction!
Shores Voter

AOL

#106 Mar 24, 2010
Karnac wrote:
I heard the Fire chief has 25 years of service with the city and the Police Chief has over 30. Maybe they just think it's time to call it quits. When the good ole auto workers got their "buy outs" nobody said anything. Nobody complained when they got their fat profit sharing checks. No body called them out when they got laid off and collected 90% of their pay. Nobody complained when they got weeks off for change over and received their sub-pay. Want to talk about workers who screwed the american public and ruined the economy....the U Ain't Workers, or UAW. Now that things have gone south for them, they wish to throw, stones. What a bunch of whiners. We aren't happy unless we have someone to blame for all our ills. You people make me want to puke.
Hey genius the difference is that your buy out was paid by a private CORPORATION not the tax payers backs. Suggestion regarding your puking problem...stop looking in the mirror.
F UAW

Sterling Heights, MI

#107 Mar 24, 2010
Karnac wrote:
I heard the Fire chief has 25 years of service with the city and the Police Chief has over 30. Maybe they just think it's time to call it quits. When the good ole auto workers got their "buy outs" nobody said anything. Nobody complained when they got their fat profit sharing checks. No body called them out when they got laid off and collected 90% of their pay. Nobody complained when they got weeks off for change over and received their sub-pay. Want to talk about workers who screwed the american public and ruined the economy....the U Ain't Workers, or UAW. Now that things have gone south for them, they wish to throw, stones. What a bunch of whiners. We aren't happy unless we have someone to blame for all our ills. You people make me want to puke.
Extend your hand and I'll fill it full of sympathy.
Karnac

Mount Clemens, MI

#108 Mar 24, 2010
The backs of the private, as well as the public, employees. Both buy cars and products, and both pay taxes. The abuse in the private sector also factors into the state of the economy, Moron. We didn't care much when times were good. Now the crying is deafening. That's the problem with this country, we cast the blame on everyone but ourselves. Can't own up to your own faults. Wah, wah, wah. Maybe the Shores Voter ought to look in the mirror.
Hopeless

Roseville, MI

#109 Mar 24, 2010
Karnac wrote:
I heard the Fire chief has 25 years of service with the city and the Police Chief has over 30. Maybe they just think it's time to call it quits. When the good ole auto workers got their "buy outs" nobody said anything. Nobody complained when they got their fat profit sharing checks. No body called them out when they got laid off and collected 90% of their pay. Nobody complained when they got weeks off for change over and received their sub-pay. Want to talk about workers who screwed the american public and ruined the economy....the U Ain't Workers, or UAW. Now that things have gone south for them, they wish to throw, stones. What a bunch of whiners. We aren't happy unless we have someone to blame for all our ills. You people make me want to puke.
The uaw did not recieve taxpayer dollars. No uaw rec eived more then their pay in pension. Hell not even 40%.
Shores Voter

East Lansing, MI

#110 Mar 24, 2010
Karnac wrote:
The backs of the private, as well as the public, employees. Both buy cars and products, and both pay taxes. The abuse in the private sector also factors into the state of the economy, Moron. We didn't care much when times were good. Now the crying is deafening. That's the problem with this country, we cast the blame on everyone but ourselves. Can't own up to your own faults. Wah, wah, wah. Maybe the Shores Voter ought to look in the mirror.
Hey Dumbass, I have a choice whether I buy a car or not. I do not have a choice if I pay taxes. Can't handle the truth idiot? Go puke again.
Guy With Opinion

Oak Park, MI

#111 Mar 24, 2010
I believe there are both pros and cons to living in the city, where police officers and fireman work. I could only imagine the questions and favors that would be asked of them while off duty. Not to mention the safety issues. As far as police are concerened, if they arrest a person who lives near their home. You could imagine the problems that could come from that.

When it comes to pensions, a patrolman does not make nearly the amount the command officers make, especially the chief and deputy chief. I know because I have friends who are police officers. When the public hears the chief making more on his pension, than he did when was working looks really bad. And the public sees that as every police officer is getting the same sweet pension, but is not.
Karnac

Mount Clemens, MI

#112 Mar 25, 2010
So you ride a horse Moron? Most everyone I know drives a car but you Moron.
Ben

Roseville, MI

#113 Mar 25, 2010
Guy With Opinion wrote:
I believe there are both pros and cons to living in the city, where police officers and fireman work. I could only imagine the questions and favors that would be asked of them while off duty. Not to mention the safety issues. As far as police are concerened, if they arrest a person who lives near their home. You could imagine the problems that could come from that.
When it comes to pensions, a patrolman does not make nearly the amount the command officers make, especially the chief and deputy chief. I know because I have friends who are police officers. When the public hears the chief making more on his pension, than he did when was working looks really bad. And the public sees that as every police officer is getting the same sweet pension, but is not.
I agree with you om pensions. The residency issue seems like an excuse. Cops and fireman lived in their cities for decades and decades. That is truly giving back and being part of your community imo.
Sam

Saint Clair Shores, MI

#114 Mar 25, 2010
Guy With Opinion wrote:
I believe there are both pros and cons to living in the city, where police officers and fireman work. I could only imagine the questions and favors that would be asked of them while off duty. Not to mention the safety issues. As far as police are concerened, if they arrest a person who lives near their home. You could imagine the problems that could come from that.
When it comes to pensions, a patrolman does not make nearly the amount the command officers make, especially the chief and deputy chief. I know because I have friends who are police officers. When the public hears the chief making more on his pension, than he did when was working looks really bad. And the public sees that as every police officer is getting the same sweet pension, but is not.
Hi Jack. Nice New Name!
Sam I am not

Roseville, MI

#115 Mar 28, 2010
incorrect
Sam

Saint Clair Shores, MI

#116 Mar 28, 2010
Sam I am not wrote:
incorrect
Hi Jack!
not UAW

Macomb, MI

#117 Apr 1, 2010
I have read all of the attacks against police, fire, and teachers. I understand that they are paid by taxpayers, but do not compare them with a UAW factory worker. These professions require college degrees and an extensive personal background check. Once employed they continue mandatory training until retirement. How does the pay and benefits compare with a proper career comparison?
Rescue Me

Grosse Pointe, MI

#118 May 7, 2010
Do we have a new fire chief yet? Police chief? DPW director? What's taking them so long?
Block Buster

Livonia, MI

#119 May 7, 2010
Rescue Me wrote:
Do we have a new fire chief yet? Police chief? DPW director? What's taking them so long?
Benny will handle everything along with the Dumas investigation. When he is told to.

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