Civic Association and Police Foundation Launch Public Awareness Drive

R. Michael Brown  |  Civic Association  |  Our Town  |  Public Safety  |  November 30, 2018

The Palm Beach Civic Association and Palm Beach Police Foundation have launched a public awareness drive in town to help residents understand the extent of the turnover problem with police, fire, and general employees.

This ad will be in the Shiny Sheet this Sunday:

Public Safety is the first focus of the campaign. It points out that salaries and pensions are not competitive in our area. 152 police and firefighters have left the town since 2012.

Town Council members and the Mayor said in a meeting this week that they are “going to get to the bottom of this.” They have been meeting with employees to find out the specific issues that are causing them to leave – resulting in record turnover.

“I was very pleased to see that the council is onboard on this very tough issue,” said Dave Duffy, Civic Association Director and Public Safety Committee Chairman. “As I hope most in our community know, so many of our police and fire have left in recent years and it really infringes on the public safety of all of us.”

Last week the council approved an area-wide study to compare government employee compensation packages. Results are expected in March, 2019.

We are asking residents to call the town council and thank them for leading the way on this important issue to provide competitive salaries and a fair retirement. Call 561-838-5414.

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Midtown Beach, Palm Beach. Photo, R. Michael Brown

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