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Monday, August 24, 2009

That Really Grinds My Gears

I was reading the Sunday edition of The Mess and I thought I was gonna pop a blood vessel.

Buried halfway thru the first section was this little gem.

Precinct 1 constable Tom Bishop and Precinct 2 constable Leonard Denney
requested their salaries be increased from $32,000 to between $45,000 and
$48,000. Constables told the commissioners that their workload has increased
significantly, and that the position has evolved into a full-time law
enforcement job. Denney told commissioners he would not use all the money
budgeted for oil and gasoline ($12,000), and he would rather have that money
applied to his salary and non-personnel reserves. "I don't know what the other
constables have planned," Denney said. "Patroling what little I patrol, I'm not
going to burn (that much in) gas. I'd rather have it in my salary.

Bishop, on the other hand, said he has put 40,000 miles on his car in eight
months patrolling and said he would use the amount budgeted for his oil and
gasoline ($15,000). "I'm putting in 10 or 12 hours a day, sometimes more," he
said. "We're doing all the civil process we get, but we're continuing to do
other things. I know, myself, that I am trying to run a full-time professional
department now regardless of what it may or may not have been in the past."We're
getting away from the old idea of serving civil process because we're peace
officers like any other officers
" he said.

I have to give Leonard credit. At least he's honest about it. He wants the money for his pocket. Damn it I'd like a $16,000 raise, too. Problem is the economy is in the toilet and I can't have one. You're a public servant and your tax dollars are shrinking. You don't get one either.

Bishop, on the other hand, is playing out exactly as many predicted. His powertrip has elevated to Defcon 2.

He sold his personal cop car to the county in lieu of a brand new car from the county. Money in his pocket, not to mention a conflict of interest.

He began a traffic stop crusade and is racking up 5000 miles a month running up and down 287 & 380. Now he's running out of gas. How much gas did Dennis Hudson use? How many pursuits was he involved in?

Didn't these guys know what the salary was when they ran for office? Do we really need an additional layer of (predominantly traffic) enforcement? What happens when gas jumps back to $4 a gallon? Do we need to ask for additional money then because the cushion was already spent?

Lord knows we can't have any left over money. That stuff has to be spent!

Vote Republican. Smaller government and less taxes?


Anonymous said...

I would like to thank all those who mindlessly vote straight ticket as they are a testament to the evils inherent with having to pass an I.Q. test before voting.

Anonymous said...

You should know by now that having partisan politics on a local level is a joke. These people haven't a clue about the national platform nor do they need to. Spending has nothing to do with a label they seek office with. Wake up.

Anonymous said...

This is nothing more than a case of a couple of has beens or never was' wanting to be cops. The position they hold was designed to be an officer of the court not a traffic cop. If we truly needed more patrolman it could be done much more cost effectively through the Sheriff's office. I don't have an exact number on what the deputies make but I guarantee you it isn't 46 thousand a year. These guys need to do the job they ran for, for the salary described when they ran, or put some flashing lights on their wheelchairs and harass old women at the coffee shop.

Anonymous said...

Yes vote republican and get more Tom Bishops instead of nice guy like Dennis Hudson.

Anonymous said...

What about Richardson. The other elected people are saying NO to raises but not him. He spends more than any of the others. And lets not forget his pet projects in Newark !

Anonymous said...

We lost a good guy when Dennis hudson lost the election. Bishop's full of crap.

Biggest Fan said...

Someone should do a little internet research to find out historical information on Tom Bishop. There is quite a bit available in public records online. I have one nice repository of it myself. Just sayin'...........if you really want to know your public official......

chupacabra said...

I mean this fills me with the urge to defecate!

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