Letter: Draw a line

Christian Tobin, Naples

President, Firefighters union

Draw a line

On Wednesday, the Golden Gate fire board will consider extending the current five-year employment contract for Fire Chief Robert Metzger for an additional two years.

In the current year of the contract, Metzger is entitled to an annual wage compensation package in excess of $156,000. This figure does not include the benefits of fully paid retirement contributions, health insurance with dental and vision, and a take-home vehicle and cell phone allowance!

I would like to remind you that Golden Gate Fire District employs less than 65 line firefighters.

How does this compare to other well-known public servants within Collier County? The Collier County Sheriff's annual salary is $139,942 and a Collier County judge takes home $134,280.

The sheriff oversees a workforce in the thousands.

In a 2011 salary survey conducted by the city of Naples, the market average for a fire chief's annual salary was $104,782. In addition, the Golden Gate chief's contract provides that he receives his birthday off with pay. Seriously?!

The lucrative contracts between fire chiefs and fire districts need to stop. This contract is a ''sure-fire'' example of the fleecing of the Golden Gate taxpayers.

The public needs to demand a cost-effective and efficient use of taxpayer dollars for public service, starting at the top.

Please attend the Golden Gate fire commission meeting on Wednesday, at 14575 Collier Blvd., the Fire Administration Building, at 5:30 p.m.. Please invite your friends and concerned citizens.

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