Phoenix Police Union Members Turned Away by City Council on Issue of Chief Jack Harris
Souring relations between Phoenix Police Chief Jack Harris (pictured at right) and members of the department's union were the source of a squabble at a City Council committee meeting today.
As KTAR news (92.3 FM) reports, union president Mark Spencer and other union members wanted to tell a council sub-committee what they thought of Harris, but were turned away after hours of waiting. Click here to see the union's own article about the showdown.
The issue: Harris' title. Technically, he's the city's public safety manager. Phoenix gave the chief a new handle after he resigned and was immediately rehired to a similar position. Known as double-dipping, the move allowed Harris to start collecting his pension benefits in addition to his salary.
"Is he the chief or isn't he," KTAR quotes Spencer as saying.
Previously, the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association took issue with Harris' serving on the Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training Board, (AZ POST), because -- as the union's Web site states -- the POST's rules insist that only a police chief can serve when representing a city that has more than 60,000 people.
Ah, well -- a police chief by any other name smells as sweet.