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Police officers stop trimming

maintenance order rescinded

October 26, 2001|By MARIO RENTERIA, Staff Writer

CALIPATRIA — Police officers here will no longer need hedge trimmers.

Police Chief Reggie Gomez withdrew his order to officers that would have them performing light maintenance work on the new police building.

According to California Organization of Police and Sheriff's lawyer Bridget J. Wilson, who is a representative of the Calipatria Police Officers Association, the order to have them do such maintenance work came from City Manager Romualdo J. Medina.

During a council meeting Tuesday, Wilson appeared before the City Council and asked that the orders be withdrawn, stating it was "an unfair labor practice."


Medina said in an interview with this newspaper, "There seems to be a misunderstanding on the direction given, that police officers are to maintain the building."

He also said, "I confirmed with Police Chief Reggie Gomez on this matter and the issue is resolved."

Gomez said the issue was resolved Tuesday night after the council meeting and sent out a memorandum withdrawing his orders to his officers Wednesday.

COPS Director of Field Operations Don K. Ruiz said, "We're glad to see that. … These officers are paid to protect the public not mow lawns.

"We're happy city officials understood these issues," he added.

Wilson said, "The whole thing was improper to start with. I'm pleased the city acted on it. Why create problems where there is none?"

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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