City of San Diego employees are leaving
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – For several years San Diego had major problems recruiting and retaining police officers. That ended last year by giving the cops a 30 percent pay raise.
Then last November, the voters doubled the pay of the city’s elected officials, and now it’s the city employees turn.
The city had to raise the pay for cops to keep the city safe, and if the city is to provide quality public services, it needs to keep qualified city employees who are leaving.
Just as the police department had retaining and retention problems, the city is finding those same issues with employees who provide city services. A city auditor’s report says this puts the city at risk of low morale, less institutionally knowledge, and increased costs to train replacements.
These money problems go back to the late 1990’s and 2000’s when generous pension benefits were granted without paying for them.
Proposition B allowed for changes, including scrapping the old lucrative pension system in favor of a 401k style system, but now that’s in jeopardy.