The agenda for today’s meeting indicates City Council is expected to debate the decision by the Treasury Board, to a proposed rollback of 2009 and 2010 RCMP pay hikes.
A letter from the Mayor of Nanaimo is asking for Fort St. John council input on the December decision which the board says is a reflection of the downturn in the economy. It would rollback a proposed 2009 raise, from 3.5 to 1.5 percent and, a 2 percent hike next year to just point five percent.
A website has been set up to rally support for officers opposed to the cutbacks…and it argues they will have a negative effect on all communities served by the force because the RCMP must compete with other police forces for new recruits….
Mayor Lantz addressed the problem briefly this morning on Issues and Answers… [asset|aid=1063|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=8b465cfac990c0c9e13959456f398a35-Mayor-Mounties_1_Pub.mp3]
He added the city is waiting for the arrival of the local detachment’s new inspector to get his plan to meet the needs of the community.
Meantime, in another letter to Fort St. John Council, local detachment Staff Sergeant Ward Johnson notes the rollback opposition among rank and file officers is not unanimous.