Po­lice chief ’s re­tire­ment pack­age out­ra­geous

Times Colonist - - Comment -

Re: “$380,000 in sev­er­ance, and still on the job,” Sept. 13. As a Saanich res­i­dent and tax­payer, I am be­yond out­raged at the ex­or­bi­tant “sev­er­ance” pay­ment made to a re­tiree with a full pen­sion and then con­tract­ing him to do a job he’s been do­ing for years in a po­lice force he’s been in for more than 30 years.

While the po­lice of­fi­cers that serve our com­mu­nity are without a col­lec­tive agree­ment for al­most two years, the money that is be­ing thrown away ought to be used to set­tle a col­lec­tive agree­ment with our po­lice of­fi­cers who show up to work ev­ery day, not be handed to a guy who was ob­vi­ously near­ing re­tire­ment and who should be out work­ing on his slice or catch­ing fish.

Some­one has to ex­plain to me why there was no thought of suc­ces­sion plan­ning to fill a po­si­tion that was clearly go­ing to be va­cated in short or­der, given that the chief has been a po­lice of­fi­cer for more than three decades. There is no ex­cuse for not look­ing for­ward to that.

Fur­ther, there has to be some­one who is qual­i­fied to fill in as an act­ing chief while a re­cruit­ment process takes place. There are a lot of sea­soned and qual­i­fied of­fi­cers in Saanich that should be given the op­por­tu­nity to shine. Stu Shields Na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Uni­for Saanich

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