Monday, June 20, 2011
The same day he agreed to become interim Sarasota County Administrator, former North Port Police Chief Terry Lewis was scheduled to start a contract job with the city to take a serious look at ways to trim the police budget. News that the city was bringing in a third party consultant has drawn fire from the Sarasota Police Benevolent Association, the police union now sparring with the city over proposed sweeping cuts to officer pensions.
“This is viewed by the rank and file as an attempt to undermine police,” said Sgt. Mick McHale, president of the local PBA. “We are under attack. You now have men and women coming into work every day thinking they might not have a job anymore.”
Atop the list of potential cuts are specialty units such as SWAT, marine patrol and K-9 units — expensive services that could potentially be paired with what Sarasota County already provides. But City Manager Bob Bartolotta said it is too early to tell if the city’s exploration of “efficiencies” will mean fewer police.
Since April 16th when the two British Tourists were slaughtered in “The Courts” section of Newtown by what appears to be thug Shawn Tyson and one of his gang members, there has been armed car jackings, armed robberies, drug dealers threatening residents with a shotgun (in broad daylight), one guy found on MLK with bullet holes in his legs, one guy found dead laying near MLK and just yesterday a Newtown resident answered his door and was shot by a man dressed all in black and “Nobody Knows Nuttin”, No Snitchin in Newtown.
BIO FROM SARASOTA GOV PAGE; Robert J. Bartolotta has been City Manager of Sarasota, Florida since July 23, 2007. Prior to his appointment to this position, Mr. Bartolotta served as Town Manager of Jupiter, Florida; Assistant City Manager of Savanna, Georgia; City Manager of Dover, Delaware and Assistant City Manager of Ames, Iowa. As City Manager, Mr. Bartolotta is responsible for carrying out the policy decisions of the City Commission, providing leadership to the organization and supervising the daily operations of Sarasota city government.
Bill Warner Sarasota Private Investigator Sarasota Fl www.wbipi.com