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Who guards the guards?

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From page A11 | May 16, 2014 |

Many of you read my recent letter to the editor, “Fairfield’s Main Problem.” Sticking to the ancient saying, “Who Guards the Guards,” I believe it’s us. We the people!

Over the past few weeks, I have certainly invoked my right to hold our elected or appointed officials accountable. In an effort to confront and expose those who I believe are complacent or directly responsible for Fairfield’s degradation, I met with many of them. Some are listed below.

The Police Department insists they’re doing everything they can. Maybe so, but they continue to point fingers back at the city, its elected officials, broken homes, troubled youth, and say we need more police. Two days after meeting with the police chief, I found the department’s statements to be ironic and here’s why: I came across a 2012 Salary Survey for the city of Fairfield. I offer to positions to illustrate:

  • Fairfield Police Chief: Compensation package of $257,784 includes $179,067 base salary.
  • Fairfield Police Captain: Compensation package of $238,696 includes $158,616 base salary.

It must be noted that the Los Angeles Times reported California Gov. Jerry Brown’s salary in 2012 was $173,000. According to the Fairfield-Suisun School District, the starting salary for a Fairfield teacher is $39,281.

How many teachers and police officers could a pay cut for these individuals have hired? If they’re so concerned about the youth and public safety, would these officers consider taking a pay cut to hire more police?

Also, Fairfield’s 25 highest-paid public employees in 2013 earned well over six figures. Is it just me or is something wrong here?

Joseph D. Joyce

Fairfield

Letter to the Editor

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  • CD BrooksMay 16, 2014 - 6:37 am

    Mr. Joyce, there is plenty wrong and there are immediate and simple remedies. It appears we will be required to pay more yet for that benefit however. Nice.

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  • The MisterMay 16, 2014 - 7:06 am

    You're right, JJ... something is wrong. And what gets me is the attitude the high-earners get (and those who aspire to become a high-earner)... they do everything they can to protect and defend each other and the incestuous system. They'll say that they have to be paid that much to attract the "best and brightest" to those positions... and then their deputy or admin assistant does all the real work... and they get praised for their ability to delegate. Then they'll go on management retreats and exotic places for conventions and training why you can't have a new shovel or a freakin' highlighter. I think a good example of this attitude is coming out in the letters yesterday about the cr@p that has been going on at Fairfield High School.

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  • Rich GiddensMay 16, 2014 - 7:47 am

    The cops only want more power and money. They are not on the side of the constitution, citizen, taxpayer, homeowner or veteran. They subjectively enforce the laws. They themselves are wholesale scofflaws and we see it everyday. The solution to what bedevils society is not more money for cop thugs, courts, foul DA's and prison guards---the welfare society and open borders must end and the politician traitors must be held accountable.

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