A victory for Galveston Blue
Galveston Police may be finally getting close to the pension they deserve.
Here’s our question.
Why is it the job of the Texas House of Representatives to force the island city to stop cheating the Galveston Blue?
Before this proposed deal, Galveston cops were retiring with as little as $30,000 a year in their pension.
The cops got so frustrated they even put up a billboard saying “Thank you for visiting Galveston, home of the worst police retirement in Texas. Please support your Galveston police.”
The billboard prompted an investigation into the city’s treatment of police officers and the aging fleet of police vehicles Galveston Blue are forced to put up with every day. After we took a shot at the aging fleet, Galveston city managers appeared to retaliate against the cops, yanking some take home cars.
The city of Galveston is fighting release of GPS data that would show how many cops are on the street on a weekend. Seven million visitors come to the island every year.
Dolcefino Consulting even donated a website to help Galveston first responders, and Galvestonblue.com is a place where people can see more information about the battle for a fair pension. You can sign a petition to help pressure the island city hall to do more.
The city of Galveston has finally agreed to contribute more to the police pension every year, and the police have agreed to change the new retirement age from 50 to 55 and allow a new member on the pension board. There would now be four members each from the city and the cops.
The bill is expected to pass in the Texas Senate which will force the city pension board to clean up the mess.
This is great news for the cops in Galveston putting their lives on the line every day, but why did city hall make it so hard for this positive change to come?