Leadership - The Art Of Doing More With Less
Last week, in response to what is becoming a very critical situation, Gazsi took steps to plug some of those holes - at least temporarily - while he attempts to keep the CMPD on an even keel and headed in the right direction. He wrote the following letter to the men and women of the CMPD outlining these steps. His plan, to retain the leadership and expertise of four retiring officers, will help bridge the gap during the next few months as more new officers join the CMPD and others are prepared for promotion.
Each page of the following letter is an image. Click on each to enlarge for easier reading.
HANDS TIED FOR MORE THAN A YEAR
As you can see, this is just one more step to try to rebuild the department after being forbidden to do any recruitment for more than a year. And, even if Gazsi is successful in staying ahead of the curve on recruitment, the current authorized staff level remains more than 15% below the peak level of just a few years ago and is still below the level recommended by other experienced law enforcement leaders to keep our city safe.
Kudos to Chief Gazsi and to the men and women of the Costa Mesa Police Department for their dedication to our city at a time when the majority of the elected "leadership" clearly has a demonstrable bias against them. We will soon see this playing out as the hired gun negotiators attempt to disembowel the current labor agreements as negotiations begin on the contract that expires in a couple months.
Meanwhile, in response to the toxic environment created by the current council majority, more officers plan to retire this year and at least two more officers will soon depart for other venues to continue their career in law enforcement. You can thank Mayor Jim Righeimer and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger, specifically, for this condition. And go-along-to-get-along Councilman Gary Monahan shares some responsibility, too.