Police chief ’s retirement package outrageous
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