They didn’t think we were looking
Although we have been told the recent budget cuts have forced the Phoenix Police Department to delay the hiring of at least 250 police officers, the fiscal strife didn’t reach the level of Chief of Police…er…Public Safety Manager Jack Harris. He was able to pocket a nice little chunk of change in the form of a $5,000 bonus this past October.
You remember Harris? He’s the chief who retired January 19, 2007 only to be rehired a month to the day later with the brand-spanking new title of Phoenix Public Safety Manager. As the Manager, he continues to wear his four star police department uniform and prefers to be addressed as Chief in discussions regarding police business or with the public present.
At the time this bonus was given, the city was already in the process of asking for across the board cuts and axing services due to the faltering economy.
A stellar KPHO Channel 5 report includes a three page list of Performance Achievement Cash-based Awards given to nearly 140 city executives and managers – over and above their salaries.
Stammering Phoenix City Manager Frank Fairbanks calls the $354,800 in cash awards “longevity” pay although some of the recipients were short-timers.