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06/10/04  52-Week Supplemental Pay for Officers Injured on the Job

Wednesday,  Sgt Mike Flusche, Officer Ortega, Officer Ed Coffey and I went to the city council meeting. We sat through the boring issues.

Mayor Miller noticed us and asked the council to move the item to the front of the agenda before they broke for lunch.  It was a unanimous vote, except John Loza was absent.

The vote gives all city employees 52 weeks of salary continuation.  It is retroactive to May 1, 2004.  Unfortunately, this does not cover Sgt.  Flusche or Officer Ortega.
Officer Ortega has applied for relief from the injured officer's fund.  She was supposed to get an answer in two weeks, but it has been three weeks since she applied.

Sgt. Flusche said he might apply for a grant from the fund.  He was still mulling it over, but I think he will apply.  So far, Sgt. Flusche has burned over 400 hours of sick time since his injury. He will burn more until he returns to work next month.

Sorry, I haven't been sending you anything for the last few weeks.  I've also been a little busy, but I've unfortunately had lots of time on my hands this week.  I was in a motor vehicle accident at work on June 5th.  I was broadsided by an illegal alien drunk driver, who fled from the scene on foot.  My co-workers caught him and took him to jail.

I am out for a week with a back injury, but I will make a full and complete recovery.  I should be back to work on June 11th.






  Ward politics is the Devil's key to the soul of the city council.  It is how some council members got themselves in trouble in the past.  It is the bait that will get others in trouble in the future. 4/6/8