At a DSA general membership meeting in Sept. 13, 2017, President Cerbone discussed a deal offered to the DSA by the department. Cerbone stated that the dept. wanted to repurpose 20 open senior deputy positions for 12 sergeant positions and 8 deputy positions. Cerbone said, “I’m against that!’
My first thought was that doesn’t make sense and what a bad deal. Why would we trade Senior Deputy positions for Sergeant position that are not even in our union. Secondly, it’s not our unions responsibility to provide additional job positions for the dept. Thirdly, if we were going to do anything like this, it should be brought up to the membership and if the members want to work a deal, we should be making deals to benefit the members related to wages, benefits, and working conditions.
In a 2015-2016 Civil Grand Jury Report it was stated;
R.D.1a. To reduce the need for overtime, the Sheriff should, in coordination with the City and
County Human Resources Department, put high priority on filling existing vacancies by
redoubling recruiting efforts and expediting the hiring process with the assistance of
dedicated Sheriff’s Department recruitment staff
It’s not the Unions job to provide additional job positions. That is a city responsibility. So based on the above and knowing how Cerbone operates, I thought I would look into this. I conducted a public information request on this and found the following.
In the document below you will see on Jun 14,2017 Labor Management Meeting their was a discussion by the DSA, present were Senior Deputy Eugene Cerbone, Senior Deputy Tim Conway, Deputy John Lawsha, Deputy Scott Osha, Senior Deputy Kevin Macksoud, Kevin McDonnell, Deputy Jeffry Sato and RLS Jim Bickert, on the extension of the Sgt. and Lts. list being extended to Feb 2018. I reviewed the candidates list and found that Cerbone not on that list, but Macksoud and Conway are in low positions. Also in that June discussion it shows that the dept. was short 22 Senior Deputies at that time.
On August 9th, 2017 at the Labor Management Meeting the topic of Senior Deputy (8306) Conversions came up. Present at the meeting from the DSA was Senior Deputy Eugene Cerbone, Senior Deputy Tim Conway, Deputy John Lawsha, Deputy Scott Osha, Senior Deputy Kevin Macksoud, Kevin McDonnell, Deputy Jeffry Sato and RLS Attorney Zack Lopes. They wanted to trade 20 open Senior Deputy positions and convert them to 12 Sergeant potions and 8 Deputy positions.
Let’s stop for a minute and look at the VALUE of this:
20 Senior Deputy Positions x a yearly salary of $120,120.00 = $2,402,400.00 up for trade
12 Sergeant Positions x a yearly salary of $129,948.00 = $1,559,376.00 these positions benefit the MSA, so in essence we gave $1.5 million to the MSA.
8 Deputy Positions x a yearly salary of $108,342.00 = $866,736.00
Let’s take a look at how this impacts the union dues.
Look at how much union dues we lost. 12 positions x $135 a month = $1,620 total a month, times that by 12 months = $19, 440 a year, Cerbone just gave the MSA and created a loss for the DSA.
Based on the numbers this doesn’t make sense nor benefit the DSA members. Trading off approx. $2.5 Million in return for $866,736.00, creating a loss of approx. $19,440.00 a year in dues or do you think Cerbone is creating an exit plan for he and his cronnies?