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I agree 100% with sickandtired. It is unbelievable that Chief Ure has no problem, his words, not mine, paying someone just coming in the door more than officers that have been there for some time. He obviously does not care about morale or his employees. I guess he is just trying to pad his resume to take a job elsewhere. However, the City would probably just promote from within, so nothing will ever change. I guess it is time to start looking for another department to go to.
Very unlikely to be a fresh start sickandtired. I believe until Victoria ponies up some money and gets an experienced city manager from elsewhere, things aren't likely to change in any area. City council probably would be against a strong, experienced city manager with no local ties and new ideas though, so.................
Im with you 100%!!!! I feel the same about the VFD. I worked there for 6 years and would train new guys that i only made $67.00 more then a paycheck. You should also ask why the city had to pay $500,000 more in training at the last min to the Fire Department. The Chief was making the guys go to school to be paramedics on their own money and time. By law they have to pay for that. He know that and didnt pay them. Now its costing the city a lot of money!!! Lets see how long this stays on here.
Ok I have been conducting my own "study" on this for some time and here is what I have come up with. More officers is a plus, however, its not when they start off at the same pay rate as officers who have been here 3, 5, 7, + years. That makes no sense. It leads to low morale for those veteran offficers and it is a disadvantage to us as citizens when they choose to leave for another agency. Do what I did, look at agencies similar in size or even smaller, websites. They outline a pay scale which shows veteran officers making more than rookies. One example, look at Boerne Texas police. Smaller city than Victoria in population. They have a payscale and its not bad I might add. Victoria does not. Not even incentive pay like other departments offer (i.e. spanish speaker, shift differential, etc.) How many chief's will it take until one stands up for his men/women and changes it. Broughton didnt do it, Jones didnt, and now Ure isnt. I want a a official explanation as to why. Common sense says we lose money every time we train and teach a new officer who leaves after two years. Our leaders need to wake up! I swear if the good ole boys excuse is a money issue I'm going to scream. Victoria is doing better than others and our leaders haven't dipped into the reserves yet. Good riddance to Charles "WhendoIgetanotherraise" and hello to what I hope to be a fresh start. Doubt it but hey, who knows.