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6/5/2013 1:45:00 PM
Can it be done in 7 months?
By Bob Myers


In reading about the City Council's decision to terminate the contact with the Chelan County Sheriff's Department, I have some concerns. While I understand the costs and level of service issues, I have a greater concern that the council is rushing this and wanting to implement a Leavenworth Police Department by year's end. Implementing a "new" police department in six months seems farfetched, if not impossible.

Here are some of my concerns of which the council may or may not have addressed:

• Recruiting for the positions. Typically from the time the announcement is posted to the applicant is hired takes up to six months. Is the council considering entry level, lateral entry or both?

• Entry level, there are testing costs for the written test, oral boards, background check, polygraph, psychological testing (written/oral), medical exam.

• Training at the Criminal Justice Training Center costs, three to six month wait to get a recruit into the training.

• Lateral entry you will have oral boards, background check, polygraph, psychological testing (written/oral), medical exam.

• Purchase of one or two vehicles which need to be outfitted for patrol duties.

• Uniform and equipment costs.

• Will the city dispatch for the police department or RiverCom? There are costs either way.

• How much will county charge the city for booking of prisoners?

• Will the city have their own court system or contract with the county?

• Will the city have to hire a prosecutor or contract with the county?

• What will the overtime budget be to hire off-duty deputies and troopers to assist with the festivals? Two officers can't do it.

• Is there going to be a reserve officer program for the city police department? If yes, you have to go through the applicant process and other costs to outfit the reserves.

• Salaries and benefit packages for the police personnel.

• What happens if one of the two is on vacation, sick, leave of absent?

• How much additional insurance does the city have to purchase for false arrest claims and other police related hazards?

• Will the city have to contract with the state patrol and the sheriff's department for fatality collision investigations, homicide or other major crime investigation? What are the costs to send evidence to the State Patrol Crime Labs?

• How many additional personnel will be needed to process paperwork generated by the police department?

• Is the "on-call" system the way to go?

• Cost effective?

• In progress crime response times?

As a former law enforcement officer who has worked in patrol, the Human Resource Division hiring officers, the Public Information Office and in the Office of the Chief, I believe I have the background, in which I formed my above concerns.

I urge the council to step back and evaluate if terminating the contract with the Sheriff's Department at the end of the year is really the right thing to do at this time. Sheriff Burnett appears to be approachable and concerned what happens in the county and in the City of Leavenworth, but he too has costs for providing service.

Greg Pressel

Leavenworth

Enjoy Archery

A huge thank you to Sebastian Moraga for his excellent article on the Wenatchi River Traditional Archers as well as the history of archery.

Although many people love shooting with family and friends, hunting with the bow and arrow is a larger aspect of the sport for many archers. My husband, Tom, stated in the article "that it is not always easy to be accurate with a traditional bow " as well as "when you hit the target you may be lucky". Although these statements may be partially true, most traditional hunters practice to improve their skills in order to increase these "accuracy" and "luck" factors. In addition, ethical hunters never take a shot that is out of their range. Tom practices every day and several times a day before the hunting season begins, and therefore has been a very successful hunter. As indicated in the paper last week, the traditional bow has been a viable weapon for a very long time.

If you or your children would like to try archery, there are many events in the Wenatchee Valley in the next few months. These events include Kids' Fishing Day at the Entiat National Fish Hatchery on June 8, Founders' Day on June 29 (for children under 3 ½ feet), Salmon Festival at the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery on Sept. 28, and Apple Days at the Cashmere Museum on Oct. 5 and 6.

You are invited to all of these events to discover this fun sport for yourself and your children!

Joan Baldwin,

Cashmere

Mushrooms?

It is unfortunate for the Obama Administration, that they didn't see the movie Tora, Tora, Tora. In that movie the Japanese Admiral says, "I fear we have awakened a Sleeping Giant".

This arrogant Administration has potentially awakened the "sleeping American populace" to bear witness a system of political abuse and intimidation, unprecedented in American History! To think that we, as US Citizens, will overlook this overt abuse of power is wishful thinking at the highest level. Even many former apologists for the excesses of this Obama Administration are beginning to realize the extent of this abuse and the danger it represents to the freedoms of all Americans!

As for accountability, I am reminded of the TV Series Hogan's Heroes and Sergeant Schultz. His signature statement was "I know nothing...I know nothing!" Are we expected to believe that the man who was elected President of the United States, who is Commander in Chief and the supposed head of the most powerful nation on earth, "knows nothing'? The same seems to be true for several layers of the bureaucracy reporting to this President. This can only be by design and by intent, not by accident or basic incompetence!

I have written before about the obvious inability of this Administration to "connect the dots." Never has it been more apparent than it is today amid the Benghazi, AP, IRS and who knows how many more scandals yet to be discovered. Unfortunately, the more scandals, the less attention we pay to any one of them!

I am further perplexed by this administrations determined efforts to intimidate and suppress the News Media. If we are to believe what we have heard from the President, his Press Secretary, the Attorney General, the Secretary of the Treasury and IRS Management, their principle knowledge of what's going on within this Administration seems to come from reading or hearing the news. If they were to actually succeed in squelching the media, they would soon find themselves completely in the dark about what the various branches of Government were doing.

The person in charge in each of these instances, when confronted, relies on a standard Obama Administration excuse, "I don't know." We stand dumbly by and let these people get away with this overt admission of ignorance, malfeasance and outright stupidity! I envision that on the desk of everyone in this administration is a paperweight, adorned with the three familiar monkeys. One with his eyes covered, one with his ears covered and one with his mouth covered. "See no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil, within the Administration. How long do they think they can treat the American Public like mushrooms?

Bob Myers

Chelan





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