Daily Pilot On CMPD Attrition/Staffing
This evening Bradley Zint in the Daily Pilot published his account of the recent attrition/hiring reports for the Costa Mesa Police Department released by the City of Costa Mesa last week, HERE. This comes on the tail of my initial account last Friday, HERE, and Eric Hartley's four articles in The Current this morning, HERE.
ALSO INCLUDES BACKGROUND LINKS
Zint links to the Daily Pilot story from last August that first addressed the hiring difficulties the CMPD was having. He also provided statistical analysis of the departures and hiring numbers.
GAZSI'S TAKE ON IT
And, of course, he has provided us with some memorable quotations by some of the main players in this drama. For example, early on in his piece he quotes Costa Mesa Police Chief Tom Gazsi, addressing the recent spate of departures, as saying, "A number of these folks have left because of the contentious environment and a difficulty in predicting a future for their families and a career". Gazsi went on to say, "They're seeking agencies where there's a breadth of assignment opportunities available to them, as well as development and advancement."
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ASK FOR...
Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger, a party to the lawsuit filed against the men and women of the CMPD, took credit for asking for the reports that were issued last week. He is quoted as saying, "I'm troubled when anyone says he or she left the Costa Mesa Police Department because of the political environment, regardless of whether the politics are external or internal." Huh? I was in the audience that evening and muttered to myself - I've been doing that a lot lately - that he should be careful what he asks for.... Uh, Huh...
PAY ATTENTION, JIM!
Mayor Jim Righeimer, clearly out of touch with the issue at hand, is quoted as saying, "It's unfortunate that some of the rank and file somehow think that the city is somehow going to take away benefits or something they already have - which the city is not going to do". In NONE of those statistics provided was there a single individual who said they left because of a fear of diminishing benefits - NOT ONE!
FROM PILLAR TO POST...
So, the drama continues. I suspect Righeimer, Mensinger and CEO Tom Hatch must be feeling a little like they're part of a big pinball game, getting batted from post to post, never really knowing where the next slap is coming from. I understand there may be a decision by the judge in the bogus lawsuit sometime next week as to how it will proceed - or not.