San Jose Police Chief Calls City Council a "Brick Wall" and Reed an "Absolutist"
NBC Bay Area reports that outgoing San Jose Police Chief Chris Moore blasted the mayor and city council by saying that interactions with the mayor and council were like "talking to a brick wall." Read excerpts from the story below; click the linked text to read full article.
Moore, who was named acting chief in October 2010 and took over as permanent chief several months later, said he was surprised by his interactions with the mayor and City Council during his tenure, saying it felt like he was "talking to a brick wall."
"What surprised me, honestly, in the last couple years, was I knew that the budget situation was going to be bad -- and I knew that, and I signed up for that ... What surprised me was the absolutist nature of City Hall and the mayor in his effort to drive down the retirement cost."
Moore has struggled to lead the department as droves of officers leave -- he said he has a thick stack of about 75 resignation letters on his desk, and that he hopes that whoever takes his place will "push hard to bring compensation up."
Not only is the department understaffed, with many people working overtime, but salaries are no longer competitive, Moore said. Furthermore, Moore said, the number of crimes that are being left unsolved -- such as residential burglaries, since the burglary unit was recently dismantled -- are costing residents money.
The Police Department has said it costs more than $170,000 to recruit, hire and train each new officer. He also said that having more inexperienced officers on the streets could be a liability for the department. With new recruits, Moore said, "mistakes tend to get made."