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Civil Service: where the real problems lie

March 30, 2013

If it’s not fairly clear at that this point, I hate Civil Service (Chapter 143).  I think any officer which would support it is also saying that he has no regard for the residents, just so long as his paycheck is made.  I wouldn’t have any problem outsourcing the services provided by such a self-centered individual or department such as that.

To be fair, though, I don’t think outsourcing PD to Tarrant County would solve the underlying issues. The underlying issues seem to be that the employees did not seem to have confidence in their leadership.

To be frank, I’ve been significantly underwhelmed by the efforts of previous city councils to manage such aspects of our city in the past.

To have councils allocate “0” dollars for road maintenance for 4 of the last 5 years, and fail to allocate capital improvement dollars for our water system for 8 of the last 10 years does not inspire a great deal of confidence.

I’d have to say that until these underlying command and control issues are resolved, it may be difficult to get a contract with Tarrant County.  In this regard, I am completely sympathetic with our officers.  Incompetence is a terrible burden in one’s employer.

That being said, there should be no reason that a “professional” would tolerate someone who is less than professional or an outright danger to the community.  That an officer would put his own livelyhood in front of the residents he “protects” shows that he’s not worth of the trust that this Community places in him.

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