PASO ROBLES, Calif. - Controversy is brewing in Paso Robles because of the decision to add another Sergeant position to its staff rather than more officers.
The Paso Robles' Police Officers' Association (PRPOA) is now disagreeing with the city's choice to fill a sixth Sergeant position because they were not informed of the decision.
In June of 2012, the City of Paso Robles Council voted to hire more police officers bringing the total of sworn officers to 32. According to PRPOA, under the agreement, there was to be nine supervisorial/administrative positions, 1 Chief, 1 Captain, 2 Lieutenants, and 5 Sergeants.
There was an additional Sergeant position budgeted but it was never filled because of staffing reductions. Since, the PRPOA was told by the City it would add a 6th sergeant to its roster.
PRPOA believes that if the City would have told them about the decision, they would have proposed alternatives that better suit the needs of the Department now and in the future. The association says they would have rather hired new officers to fill vacant positions before hiring another Supervisor.