As we’ve previously reported, SFPD Chief Greg Suhr is all about saving money (and possibly blowing it on energy-efficient cars) which is why it comes as no surprise that he’s encouraging givebacks on proposed raises for SFPD’s rank-and-file officers.
As the Ex reports, both Suhr and the head of the SF Fire department met with Mayor Ed Lee this week where it appears they were pressed to get their underlings to defer their annual pay increases.
Shortly after his meeting with Lee, Suhr, who has always been considered an ally to those officers, met with the union to suggest (not command) givebacks by the rank-and-file officers.
Says Suhr to the Ex, “I told them that I have a budget deficit to close and that I would appreciate you guys thinking about getting that done.”
Suhr faces a $10 million deficit in his budget, some of which might be mitigated by recent cost-cutting changes to his command staff. Since SFPD stands to receive $14.5 million in raises this upcoming fiscal year, deferring that payout would go a long way towards managing that shortfall.
Kevin Martin, vice president of the Police Officers Association, told the Ex that union would consider whether they will put a proposal to hold off on their raises to a vote by next week.