To The Daily Sun,
As taxpayers of Bristol may recall, this past Town Meeting the legislative body did not approve Warrant Article 12, in the amount $15,000, to fund a wage study. The article was not amended. It was just voted down and the Select Board was instructed to conduct the wage study.
At a recent Select Board meeting the board members were provided the wage study dollar amounts for this budget year as well as the 2017 budget year. When Selectmen Manganiello and Morrison asked for more itemized detail on how the study arrived at these dollar figures, they were dismissed as not understanding the urgency of the situation.
At that time, the police chief said he had two officers that were leaving the next morning if the board did not vote in the affirmative for this wage study. Apparently, there was no time for debate, further analysis or public input; spend first and ask questions later.
We have experienced this tactic before from the Bristol Police. Remember that emergency half-million dollar boat shop we had to act quickly on? Sometimes the board needs to act quickly but taking shortcuts on performing basic due diligence should not be part of the process.
On another note, a 24-hour notice of resignation to an employer is not normal behavior among professionals. Most of us know a two-week notice is required to maintain common courtesy. This is because most people have respect for their co-workers and communities they serve, so they would not unreasonably leave others to pick up their slack on short notice or jeopardize public safety. I encourage everyone to strive to be compensated like a professional. However, I do believe behaving like a professional is a prerequisite.
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