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Chief Staveley's memo to staff

June 20, 2011

There are basically two reasons that I leave right now.   The first is the 5/8 the council wishes to impose and the second is the layoffs of officers.     Just before leaving on a very short trip to the river on the 16th of June, I was informed that all professional employees would be moving to 5/8s.   When I first got to Costa Mesa this time, and met with two councilpersons they told me that they wanted everyone on 5/8s (cops too by the way).   I told them it was not their responsibility rather that scheduling should match customer need (a scientific method of deployment) and not serve some off the wall bias that they had.  More importantly, scheduling is the responsibility of the department head not the council.    For council persons to demand such changes is meddling     Later our CM told me that he was ordered to put everyone in the professional ranks (non sworn) on 5/8s.   I told him I would not support that and for me it was a line in the sand.    We had a rather heated discussion on the subject and frankly – I was not very polite – which I do regret.    If you let council people meddle is such small matters, is it long before they tell us who we can cite, or arrest, or require us to release or whose burg gets investigated – I think not.   It is simply a step to corruption and I won’t play in that arena.   Never mind the lack of following the MOU or meeting and conferring on any such changes. 

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