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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

April 28, 2013 at 7:05 AM

City proposal to stop paying police-union head

Seattle should stop paying Sgt. Rich O’Neill’s salary

No one should be receiving pay from two separate employers and the union president should be making a choice between serving the general population or serving his own personal constituency, the members of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild [“City wants to stop paying salary of police union head,” page one, April 24].

Sgt. Rich O’Neill is not providing any peace or safety benefit to the people of Seattle. That this working arrangement is in existence means that the city of Seattle cannot hire at least two more police officers, something that would be an important benefit to the peace and safety of Seattle.

During the 2008 contract negotiations, Seattle negotiators did not make a proper decision for the benefit of the people, as usual.

No man can serve two masters. Union members in most labor unions pay dues to the union to pay for union officers and union activities. The Seattle Police Department is not the proper paymaster for a full-time union member and, in my opinion, this nonsensical pay arrangement should be ended immediately.

John Marthens, Normandy Park

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