UPDATE: The original posting for this article included inaccuracies regarding the resignation of George Beattie, president of the POA. San Jose Inside regrets the error.
With many people rushing off for Thanksgiving last week, the Police Officers Association came out with a surprising announcement that George Beattie, the union president, was retiring from his POA position. Beattie, a lieutenant with the San Jose Police Department, has never been a fan of the media, so he didn’t give an interview in the Mercury News’ report. But his successor, Sgt. Jim Unland, who was previously vice president of the POA, was quoted as saying that negotiations with the city over pension reform are still proceeding “one day at a time.”
How this changes the future of negotiations, if at all, is unclear. But one thing Beattie and Unland always shared was their mutual animosity toward Mayor Chuck Reed.
And on a completely unrelated note, the city’s top librarian, Jane Light, is retiring. Did you know she made more than $220,000 last year? Neither did we.
(H/T to The Daily Fetch for not letting the POA story slip through the cracks.)