When we moved to Ceres 23 years ago, it was a city of approximately 30,000 residents. Today it is a city of 55,000, a gain of 25,000. Police Chief Art DeWerk was with the city in a lesser position when we moved here. He certainly knows the city well. He's done his homework and came up with basic needs of the departments he heads. We've always been assured that growth pays for itself!
Twenty-five thousand new residents at 1.3 police officers per 1,000 residents equals 33 new officers since 1984. They would require 11 additional vehicles, three lieutenants, and support equipment, facilities and administration. Probably a new precinct facility, too.
Has this happened, Chief? If not, why not? Did you present your needs and forecasts to the council, planning, finance and Chamber of Commerce?
Who didn't do their job? Why not? Let's have true accountability. This is true for the safety department, water, sewer, streets and on and on. Explain this problem and what has been done about it. Maybe then we'll vote yes on Measure H.
ROBERT L. IRWIN