Contracts are considered to be binding instruments of an agreement between two parties. The two sides involved agree to provide goods, services, or employment based upon specific compensation. The City of Albuquerque regularly enters into contracts with private companies and with its employees. We're beginning to wonder whether or not those contracts are worth the paper they're written on.
Last week we told you about Deputy Chief Michael Callaway's email instructing supervisors to ignore the black letter stipulations of both the current and the new APD/APOA contract (read it here). This week our Eyes have told us about another provision of the contract that is and has been blatantly disregarded by the command staff occupying the offices on APD's 5th floor.
It won't come as a shock to many of our readers that retired APD Captain Rob Debuck is returning to the APD ranks. Back in 2006 Captain Debuck hung up his cuffs to pursue an acting career (ABQ Tribune). Now Debuck is stopping back at APD as an SRO - School Resource Officer.
An SRO is a sought after position for officers who are looking for a stable Monday through Friday schedule without a lot of overtime. It'd be particularly attractive to an officer whose double dippin' - receiving both their PERA retirement and an officer's salary.
The rehire program was instituted to bolster the Field Services Bureau. Both the old and the new contracts place limitations on how and where these officers can be used. The primary assignment is FSB. Further, our Eyes tell us that under the current contract only two PERA retiree officers can be SROs and under the new contract starting July 1, no PERA retirees can be an SRO. Currently, the Eyes have it that there are around 17 PERA retirees serving as APD SROs.
According to our Eyes, the 5th floor has taken the position that we know we're in violation of the contracts... sue us.
All of this makes us wonder whether or not the city intends to abide by any of the contracts that it signs. A lawsuit is certainly one way to force the city and APD to abide by the agreements that they are contractually bound to follow. It seems that there's a pattern developing where APD is willfully disregarding the terms and conditions of not one but two employment contracts.
Meanwhile, we've got a mayor talking ethics reform. We might humbly suggest that The Almighty Alcalde worry more about living up to the city's contractual agreements than creating unenforceable and ineffective ethics legislation. We'd think that ethics would start with living up to the terms and conditions of the binding contracts you've signed... But that doesn't make a very good press conference does it?
The Piercing Truth
This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes