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Bill: thank you providing information which City management, as well as the Mayor and Council, continually wishes to ignore. When one considers that the overall crime rate is down all across our nation, the waste which permeates the Tempe Police Department becomes very obvious. Yet the City Manager, the Mayor and the Council will continue to throw money at public safety causes --- albeit wasteful --- because they ultimately want the endorsement of the Police and Fire unions come election time. God forbid you even think about mentioning possible cuts to their budgets: they’ll strike back with the usual fear mongering of the masses and threats of how bad things will really get if you even minimally reduce their budgets or staff. What this all boils down to is the fact that the City Manager (Charlie Meyers) is a failure at effectively and professionally managing the organization. He has chosen to surround himself with those who only tell him what he wants to hear, not what he needs to hear (Jeff Kulaga, Chris Anaradian, Brenda Buren, Ken Jones … just to name a few). In the not-so-distant past, he chose to marginalize and demonize well-respected employees who were brave enough to speak up and question what was happening in the City. Yet now he wants employees to come forward and tell it like it really is. Give us a break, Mr. Meyers: you destroyed people who did that in the past, and now you wonder why employees don’t trust you or your senior staff! Morale is the worst I’ve ever seen in Tempe --- and that includes the Police Department. Meyers and Ryff have both exhausted their usefulness to the City and they should move on. May 15, 2011