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PIERCE COUNTY: Workers’ salaries not excessive

Letter by Charles Woodhead Jr, Spanaway on May 7, 2010 at 12:58 pm | 24 Comments »
May 7, 2010 1:23 pm

Re: “Cut salaries, pensions” (letter. 5-5).

The News Tribune mislead readers on compensation for county workers (TNT, 4-25). Since public safety comprises more than 70 percent of the Pierce County budget, I will address that portion of it.

Some sheriff’s deputies and corrections officers do earn the amount cited through working many hours of overtime caused by personnel shortages. Most fall far short of six figures as cited in the article.

It takes special people to risk their lives to protect citizens of this county. Corrections officers are subject to being spit on, having urine and feces thrown at them, and being assaulted by the dirtbags we have to deal with every day.

One officer in the new jail has to watch and control 84 of these miscreants in an open dorm where the officer is right in the dorm area. Our deputies risk their lives every day to take these criminals off the street.

Would the letter writer tell the families of our officers and of the four Lakewood officers that their loved ones were overcompensated? Why doesn’t she apply for one of our jobs and live the experience before shooting from the hip and criticizing what we make?

Oh, sorry, she can’t; the department isn’t hiring because of the budget.

If you want to criticize money wasted, go after the Cadillac health care inmates get at county expense. Let’s cut that, and we can save untold millions.

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