Police chief needs to back off

To the Editor:

Public sector unions cant be allowed to determine the shape of public services.

I am aware the Albany Police Department Union wants officers to be able to have an alcoholic beverage four hours prior to coming to work. The police chief, however, has written the policy with an eight-hour limit and is now defending himself over his recent suspension of a sergeant for not performing his duties as it relates to officers using alcohol. This is yet another example of a police chief trying to get control of a police agency which has been run by the Police Union.

Warren County is going to have a choice on how they want their Sheriffs Department managed this fall. We have the proven leadership of Sheriff Cleveland who refuses to allow the Police Union to run the department and is a tough disciplinarian. Against this background, we can be assured by his challengers much publicized Police Union endorsements that with no management skills and no experience in handling disciplinary matters, these unions will find a wide open door in his administration.

Sheriff Cleveland has a track record of being a no nonsense administrator who does not roll over for the Police Union. His challenger has already embraced the union and solicited their support. One can only imagine what promises were made in return.

Tom Haley

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