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:
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