Supervisors may be reluctant to abide by mediator’s report in dispute with cops

King Devereaux and the Feckless Five

Last week the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and the San Bernardino County Safety Employees’ Benefit Association (SEBA), the union representing the county’s sworn law enforcement officers, received the neutral mediator’s report regarding a labor dispute over salary and benefits for the county’s sworn personnel.   The labor dispute has been going on since last year, and SEBA declared impasse in December 2015, making a way for the sides to use the services of a mediator.

All indications are that the Board of Supervisors is not in any hurry to accept fully the mediator’s recommendations.  Since the board’s closed session on Tuesday where the dispute appears on the agenda, SEBA president, Laren Leichliter, sent out an email entitled “Lip Services or Commitment to Public Safety?”  The title alone suggests there is still distance between what the mediator recommended and the county is willing to fork out.

Sheriff’s deputies, along with a number of other classifications within county service, contend that they are underpaid in comparison to those holding similar positions in nearby counties.   In the last six years under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer, and with the backing of the Board of Supervisors, San Bernardino County has become a training ground where inexperienced candidates are hired over  experienced candidates, receive their training at San Bernardino County expense, and then move on to greener pastures in other counties.

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4 thoughts on “Supervisors may be reluctant to abide by mediator’s report in dispute with cops

  1. Given current events, I do not see how there could be a higher priority in San Bernardino County than law enforcement.

    My feeling is that it’s time for the County Supervisors to do what’s best for the county residents: insure that the Sheriff’s Department representatives are paid a competitive salary.

    If they are receiving a completive salary and then leave, it can be attributed to normal attrition.
    But who can objectively criticize those who take another job that pays more? (Except perhaps Mike Ramos cheerleaders who criticized Stephen Larson for leaving the bench to enter private practice.)

    If Neil Derry was still a County Supervisor, my feeling is that he would see it the same way. I’m not going to bash his successor, but come on!!

    I know that this is an unusual concept, but it’s time for the Board of Supervisors to collectively step up and make a decision that’s in the best interests of their constituents.

    • I can tell you that James Ramos appears to be the only supe supporting any of the unions. But it is more than that. Devereaux gets his thrills taking on the unions and the BOS, in what is a very short-sighted policy, has been supporting him. It’s starting to come back to roost, and as the lawsuits continue to pile up and the scandals get more press, it will only get worse.

      Kenny is hinting at some things that he is making educated guesses at regarding the GJ, DCS, and FCS. He is not far off track but I know he doesn’t have the inside scoop as there are a number of very specific allegations and incidents that are not being mentioned–the actual meat of the situation and the acts, which if proven in a court of law, would send high ranking officials to prison, including some with law degrees. The FBI is looking at some of it beyond a shadow of a doubt. I’m not hopeful they will do anything in the end, but at least they are looking.

      I’ve strayed a bit here but the actual point I’m trying to make is that Dev is behind most of this and the electeds just go along with it while the taxpayers foot the bill for all the bad decisions and illegal behavior.

  2. Many San Bernardino County elected officials, upon winning a foothold in government, think only of his or her own cohorts, (think; incompetent CEO, Greg Devereaux, who should have been fired, who hires incompetent people such as Mark A. Hartwig, Fire Chief who loses an age discrimination lawsuit that cost we the tax payers $704,000 plus. And it goes on and on…) for his or her own gains, (think about a new $4.3 million dollar second fire station for the city of Needles with less than 5,000 residents).

    So it is not surprising that public affairs grow stagnant. I can think of nothing more satisfying as doing public good in as many ways as an elected official can. Think for an instant, as to just what a county is. It is not an array of buildings, parks and fountains. No. A county is a living and evolving thing! It is, actually, human; it is a group of humanity growing up in daily contact; and if our elected officials were to adopt as a slogan, “all I can do,” and not “all I can grab,” only its boundary can limit its success and growth.

    There is a blackout in local media coverage in San Bernardino County on issues concerning the average working people who are just trying to abide by the laws and provide for their families, with the exception of the elected politicians viewpoint. It is simply amazing how little good information (and how much bad information) the public in San Bernardino County gets about the controversy over the dispute of Sheriff’s deputies pay, all because the media bows to the wishes of the County Board of Supervisors.

    One of the saddest lessons in history is this: If we’ve been screwed long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of being screwed. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The screwing has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken.

    To vastly improve San Bernardino County and truly make it great, we need to start by choosing better leaders. Do not let the media or the current elected officials make you pick from the people they choose, but instead choose from those they do not pick. Pick a leader from among the people who is driven by the heart, one who identifies with the common man on the street and understands what San Bernardino County needs on every level. Do not pick a leader who is only money-driven and does not understand or identify with the common people living in San Bernardino County.

    We need to pick leaders who are always open to criticism, not silencing dissent. Any leader who does not tolerate criticism from the public is afraid that their dirty hands will be revealed under heavy light. And such a leader is dangerous, because they only feel secure in the darkness. Only a leader who is free from corruption welcomes scrutiny; for scrutiny allows a good leader to be an even greater leader.

    And lastly, we need to pick leaders who will make all of their citizens of San Bernardino County proud!

  3. SEBA members make less than corrections officers in the state now. CO union just secured another great contract a couple weeks ago. CO’s have lots more pay hidden in incentives not to mention their hourly rate is nearly 1.00 an hour more. SEBA shows how weak they are over and over again…..

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