Monday Aug 03 2009
Sheriff’s Association, county reach tentative agreement
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
Two-year proposed contract needs member, board approval
Deputy Sheriff’s Association leaders walked away with a tentative two-year contract agreement with Placer County. Andrew Scott, association vice president, confirmed Monday afternoon that the two groups had left negotiations with a deal that will save the county about $935,000. “We signed an agreement with the county that saves an excess of $935,000,” Scott said. “It meets all the county’s fiscal uncertainties for the next two years in regard to the Deputy Sheriff’s Association.” CEO Tom Miller also confirmed Monday that county had reached an early agreement. He said the proposed contract will be presented to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday during closed session. Miller said the matter will likely be heard in open session at a future board meeting. He described Monday’s meeting with the association as “very productive” and said he expects supervisors to be “impressed” with the contract. “(The association) is taking responsible steps to assist the county in these tough financial conditions,” Miller said. “We appreciate the hard work and tough decisions they trying to make along the way.” Neither Miller nor Scott would reveal the details of the contract. Miller cited fair practice rules and Scott said the contract still needs to be presented to and approved by association members. Scott said the association is working to convene its members as soon as possible to vote on the proposed contract. Josh Tindall, president of the association, said that members will have 30 days after a meeting to vote on the contract. “We have an agreement that we agreed to bring to our membership for a vote in lieu of getting imposed on,” Tindall said. Scott said association leaders still did not receive any confirmation that savings from their contract would go into the public safety budget. In an earlier Journal report, Scott said deputies felt it was easier to make a sacrifice in their compensation if they knew the money would be spent on protecting residents. Scott said Miller “refused” to commit that the money would stay in public safety. Miller said supervisors put “tens of millions” of dollars into the public safety budget every year. “We’re very confident that the board will put that money to good use for the benefits of the citizens,” Miller said. The Journal's Jenifer Gee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.