3 More San Angelo Police Officers Lose Jobs Due to Broken-Down Labor Negotiations
SAN ANGELO, TX — The Sept. 30 end to the Meet and Confer contract resulted in the loss of three part-time police officers who have been dedicated to serving the Department and community for many years.
Robert Lloyd, who was originally hired in September 1974, retired in August 2003. Lloyd returned in 2009 as a part-time officer assigned to the Department’s Pawn Unit where he has helped recover several hundred thousand dollars in stolen property for San Angelo residents.
John Palmer, who was originally hired in September 1980, retired in February 2007. Palmer returned in 2008 as a part-time officer assigned to the Department’s Traffic Section where he has assisted with hundreds of vehicle crashes, traffic enforcement, and traffic control and escorts for countless events in our community.
Jim Coleman, who was originally hired in 1981, left the Department in 1988 to begin a career with U.S. Customs and Homeland Security, where he served 24 years. Coleman returned to our Department in 2012 as a part-time Investigator assigned to the Department’s Cold Case Section. Coleman will be staying on as an unpaid Reserve Officer, continuing his work on San Angelo’s fifteen cold cases.
Meet and Confer negotiations broke down in early September over the issue of step raises for tenure demanded by the San Angelo Coalition of Police. The City of San Angelo staff would not budge on their position that in order to pay for the increased payroll, they requested SACOP find money in the existing proposed FY2018 SAPD budget. SACOP walked out of the negotiations.
City council will decide if the City should continue with Meet and Confer in the next fiscal year. In the meantime, rules are that the current contract expires and workplace agreement reverts to 2009. Under the 2009 agreement, there are no part-time police officer billets and assistant chief billets are reduced from three to two. Also, SAPD officers no longer have a physical fitness program.
Assistant Chief Robert Martinez retired as a result. His farewell is scheduled for Friday.
The SAPD stated, “These officers’ work has had a profound impact on our Department and their experience and expertise will be sorely missed.”