Loomis fire chief needs to choose one job

Published: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 - 10:12 am

Re "Only one fix to the big mess in Loomis" (Editorials, Nov. 30): The Sacramento Bee editorial board correctly articulated the flaws and foibles of too many special districts, epitomized by the Loomis Fire Protection District. Multiple overlapping, tax-funded agencies, like Placer County's fire districts, demand consolidation. Excessive special districts create difficulties for citizens to monitor incompetence and/or malfeasance. Fire Chief Dave Wheeler claims to be an employee for conflict-of-interest issues but not an employee under California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s rules for reinstatement. Justice will be partly served if Wheeler pays back any money received in violation of CalPERS regulations. However, judging from intransigent Loomis fire district board's responses, taxpayers likely will be gouged for legal fees that rightfully belong to a private citizen. Wheeler could do right by all by refusing the mayor position and choosing one job or the other.

-- Jim Cather, Loomis

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