Delay in police layoffs and debate on how to fill police void

When they first announced their restructuring plan to help pay off the MLLA judgment debt, Mammoth Town officials said the plan included the elimination of 13 employees or positions with seven of those in the police department to take place by January 1. Apparently recognizing their signed MOU with police, officials now say they will recommend the delay of position elimination of police until July 1, 2013.

Assistant Town Manager Marianna Marysheva-Martinez said, “The delay will leave the Town’s finances stretched, with barely enough cash to make the first payment to MLLA. However, this additional time is necessary to allow for additional discussions with the Police Officers Association (POA), whose contract calls for no vacancies from the staffing approved in the beginning of each fiscal year.” The police MOU guarantees 17 officers for this fiscal year.

Martinez said that the additional time will “also be necessary to fully evaluate the implementation of police reserve and volunteer programs, and/or alternate methods of delivering public safety services.” Martinez said there will be a recommendation to the Town Council at the Oct 18 meeting.

Meanwhile, the issue of reserves or volunteers circles in controversy with Police Lieutenant John Mair and others strongly stating that reserves and volunteers are not an option to replace regular officers. This, because of the small population pool here, the extensive training required and the supervision demanded by police themselves.

Mono Sheriff Rick Scholl made it clear that the Town can not count on his officers to fill in for Mammoth’s shortfall of police protection. He is down three patrol officers and his deputies go off duty in the late night hours. The Sheriff clarified his belief. He said, “Our deputies currently go off duty at midnight and are available to be called out from their home. The CHP,” he said, “does field a two officer unit after 10 pm, however that unit is responsible from Tom’s Place to Topaz Lake so can be over an hour response time to back-up Mammoth Police.”

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ferdinand lopez
ferdinand lopez
9 years ago

alotta rude people blogging here,you deserve to pay for the mistakes of idiots

Mark
Mark
9 years ago

Mistakes of the idiots you elect. That’s the way the system works. Painful isn’t it? .

concerned
concerned
9 years ago

Hey heres half a million. good point. why doesnt mammoth just use the salary from the town manager who is working from home in l.a. to pay its debts. just a thought…

concerned
concerned
9 years ago

Mammoth has the BEST skiing, but unfortunately has the worst leaders.

Tourbillon
Tourbillon
9 years ago

Let’s start thinking outside the box. Going broke can do that for you. There’s police work, catching criminals, and we need MLPD for that. Then there’s security work, keeping a lid on high times and partiers, and most everywhere that is taken care of by the venues hosting the events,… Read more »

Bill
Bill
9 years ago
Reply to  Tourbillon

Quite possibly the first post I have agreed w/ Tourbillon on, ever. (above) Furthermore, I believe the Town Council have shown us (again) how incompetent they are by this whole MLPD mou debacle. But remember Michael R. was the ONLY person to run in the last election?? Kudos to him… Read more »

Here's a Half Million
Here's a Half Million
9 years ago

Get rid of these two inept imposters posing as town managers. Neither of them has put in a full day’s work since they were hired and, when they do make a guest appearance, they haven’t got the slightest idea of what to do. At $200,000 a year plus benefits each,… Read more »

Big Rick OB
Big Rick OB
9 years ago

I think that the MLPD should have had some reserve officers BEFORE all this crap came to light, if for no other reason, to transport arrestee’s to the Bridgeport county jail,(more than a two hour deal in good weather) freeing up the real cops to do the real police work.… Read more »

Rob
Rob
9 years ago

Hey Reality Check – your post is about identical to every other post dealing with this subject. Whenever a town or city tries to implement police reductions, we get a post just like yours! Threats of retirements, talking down reserves, bad-mouthing council and city management. Sounds kind of like it… Read more »

Reality Check
Reality Check
9 years ago
Reply to  Rob

Yo, Rob (AKA TOML Troll) Please name any part of my post that is not accurate.

Yea, that is what I thought.

Go back to MMM and tell her that you have been outsmarted with the actual facts.

Nice try.

Curious
Curious
9 years ago
Reply to  Rob

Rob Clark, is that you???? Hows Ojai?

upthecreek
upthecreek
9 years ago

PLEASE REMIND ME WHY 3M is still employed at the town..Just how many managers does a town of 6000 sheeple need?

GGW

john Delgado
john Delgado
9 years ago
Reply to  upthecreek

Just enough to Suck tha town Dry… 🙂

concerned
concerned
9 years ago

WOW! Keeping it real. Is it true that the Council and staff forgot that they signed a 2 year no cut agreement with the police 60 days ago? i dont know what to say. Its reading post like this that really make me stand back and think I was smart… Read more »

Roy
Roy
9 years ago

For all the years I worked at my patrol station with LA Co Sheriff, we had about 30 reserve Deputies. Only 3 of those were level 1 reserves which allowed them to work by themselves and they all had over 15 years experience. It takes a long time to train… Read more »

Sean F
Sean F
9 years ago
Reply to  Roy

Roy is 100 % correct. I was a Reserve Deputy for 3 1/2 years in Ventura Co before I went full time in the LA area. Reserve are great for extra manpower here and there but they DO NOT replace full time Officers. The Reserve programs are as much a… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
9 years ago

Maybe we can get concealed weapons permits now.

upthecreek
upthecreek
9 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Best Idea I have heard all Year…

GGW

Reality Check
Reality Check
9 years ago

Don’t worry MMM, with 3 retirements and and six other officers applying for work anywhere but Mammoth, by the first of the year you will be trying to figure out how to hire officers not lay them off. Of course no professional Law Enforcement Officer would consider applying for Mammoth… Read more »

amused
amused
9 years ago
Reply to  Reality Check

Could not agree more…perhaps the MMM is considering being the volunteer/reserve force!

Keeping It Real
Keeping It Real
9 years ago

Town Staff and Council apparently recognized reality… Council and Staff said “THEY FORGOT” and just remembered they signed a 2 year no cut agreement with the police less than 60 days ago. “We need more surveys… Buy more SurveyMonkey.com stock so we can pay Airport debt.” Cut to newscast of… Read more »

ferdinand lopez
ferdinand lopez
9 years ago

im moving to someplace safe,like compton or detroit!

SierraFan
SierraFan
9 years ago

Be gone!! Lopez and good luck!

Problem Solved
Problem Solved
9 years ago

Ferdinand Lopez,

DON’T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU IN THE ASS !!!

SEE YA.

amused
amused
9 years ago

safe travels ferdinand….can’t blame you…

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
9 years ago

Now the town realizes there is an MOU in place? After they’ve jumped the gun and shot their mouths off to the community?? It was the lack of attention to detail that got the town in this mess to begin with. One would hope they have learned something from their… Read more »

More Bear Skat!
More Bear Skat!
9 years ago

Just another incompetent plan by the town council and town management that will never pan out. I believe the correct analogy would be to”shoot oneself in the foot “. All this drama thanks to Dave and Marianna, I’ll bet a month of the chief of police pay, that one of… Read more »