We at the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs are deeply disturbed by the comments made by Board of Supervisors Chairman John Moorlach in a June 24 editorial in the Register [“Pensions eat more of O.C. budget”].
AOCDS is still months away from sitting down at the bargaining table with the county, but the board chairman has already stated publicly that he is more than willing to impose a contract and push a ballot initiative, similar to recently passed measures in San Diego and San Jose, that would reduce our members’ pension benefits during their careers unless we cave in to his demands on salaries, pensions and benefits. Moorlach’s public comments are in direct conflict with collective bargaining laws.
Good governance takes cooperation.
Unfortunately, these bullying tactics are nothing new for Moorlach. He has a well-documented history of not only ignoring the law, but ignoring his own taxpayer-funded legal advice. Now he is threatening his own employees even before they can sit down at the bargaining table.
We can only hope the other four supervisors do not share Moorlach’s apparent disdain for the law and Orange County’s fine deputy sheriffs.
Orange County deputy sheriffs have been at the forefront of meaningful reforms that have saved the county millions of dollars. AOCDS was one of the last in the county to receive 3-percent-at-50 pensions and one of the first in the county to pay toward our pensions. We were also one of the first to adopt a second-tier pension formula for new hires.
It is critical that the county and its deputy sheriffs work collaboratively to come to a contract agreement that benefits the taxpayers, its law enforcement officers and the county. Orange County residents deserve nothing less.