Tuesday, August 09, 2016
How Much Do Aurora Police and Fire Employees Cost Taxpayers for Salaries?
Just how much is "reasonable" salary for a police officer or firefighter working the streets and neighborhoods in a city like Aurora with economic deterioration in a state like Illinois falling off the fiscal cliff?
What if that person is not putting themselves at risk on our streets or neighborhoods, but is one of the many layers who "oversee" the people on the streets?
Taxes, labor costs and pension liability have skyrocketed under Corrupt Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner.
We strongly support "reasonable" salaries and benefits for public employees, BUT leaving aside the luxury pensions many will receive for the rest of their life taxpayers can't afford, there are many layers of employees who are NOT on the "front lines" and/or are renowned for their incompetence.
And, in comparison to other departments we've reviewed, there appears to be plenty of positions that are not necessary.
For example, the Aurora Fire Department has chiefs, assistant chiefs and what seems to be chiefs of chiefs.
It's bad enough the $165 million Aurora Police Palace was built with corruption and it's current chief, Kristen Ziman, is at the top of Aurora's Most Wanted List, but she is only one of many cops who spend their time at the palace instead of the streets.
Kristen Ziman's first act as police chief was to create the position of "deputy chief" which had been previously eliminated as "useless" and a "waste" by previously ousted Chief Greg Thomas (who didn't retire as portrayed, but instead is now the police chief in Darien).
Salary data is for most of 2015, so it doesn't reflect guaranteed increases for 2016 and may not include ALL compensation received for the entire year, such as all reimbursements, expenses, etc and does not include current or future benefits (health insurance, pension).
Remember, it's YOUR money.
NOTE: these salary figures also don't include certain perks for people like Kristen Ziman driving the APD tank, her own SUV, ordering herself a segway for fun, luxury travel for "conferences" and events or "meetings" with other cops at the Turf Room in North Aurora while she gets drunk.