Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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My turn: Another view of fire district

The distortions, half-truths, innuendos and all-out lies that were provided to the Mountain Democrat for the article “The chief takes a walk” were from individuals who are trying to appear as heroes but come across, to those who know the facts, as undisciplined, spoiled children who failed to get what they wanted, or followers who can’t think for themselves.

The implications that Chief Bruce Lacher and the Board of Directors ignored the property tax decline is without merit. The last Firefighters Union contract called for a 5 percent cost-of-living raise in January 2010. Chief Lacher and the board had extensive deliberations as to whether it was prudent to award the raise or delay it. At the time it appeared that the district had in excess of $1 million in reserves and contingency funds. This decision was to honor the contractual obligation and utilize contingency funds to award the pay raise. This was during the same year that social security recipients and military retirees received “zero” cost-of-living raises. In addition, the 5 percent brought the total cost-of-living increases given to the union members during the previous eight years to 34 percent.

The next financial bullet to hit the district was fired by the JPA, which is the organization that manages the ambulances within the county. There is a system in place called “loan labor” that requires compensation from the district to the JPA when an ambulance-assigned individual is utilized on a district fire engine. The JPA, in 2011, presented the district with a claim for over $700,000 in loan labor bills that were not paid by the district during the previous three to five-year period. This of course begs the question as to how the JPA staff, the county health department staff, the district staff and the County Auditor could miss this amount of unpaid bills. This issue was settled with the district paying the JPA in excess of a half-million dollars.

The monies paid to the JPA and the declining property tax revenues were part of the issues facing Chief Lacher in early 2012 as he tried to compile the current budget. The board directed Chief Lacher to evaluate what it would take to balance the budget without again reaching into the contingency fund. Chief Lacher estimated approximately $600,000 would be needed to balance the budget and not close or brownout stations. Until that time the district paid 100 percednt of all employee pay and benefits. This included the 9 percent contribution to the PERS retirement system that is usually borne by the individual employee as in other state and county organizations. Chief Lacher alerted the union officers to the fact that, to avoid closing stations and laying off personnel, individuals may have to start contributing to their retirement system and their medical benefits as done in other agencies and in most civilian organizations. The union’s response to this possibility was to present Chief Lacher with the infamous vote of no-confidence letter. At the same time Director Dennis Edwards and I, who were serving as board representatives on the negotiating committee, were informed by the president of the union, Lucas Shepard, that the union would be running two of “their” candidates against us in the forthcoming election.

The Board of Directors in response to the loan labor billing fiasco and other financial issues directed Chief Lacher to secure the services of a part-time CPA to review and make recommendations concerning the district’s financial activities. Michael Ocenosak, CPA, was retained and within a very short time, after being alerted by the County Auditor to a major fund discrepancy, identified and informed Chief Lacher and, subsequently the board, that approximately $1 million identified as reserve and contingency money and shown as a carryover in the budget did not exist! It seems that some years earlier funds were transferred from one account to another but continued to be reflected as available in both accounts.  Annually the district hires an auditing firm to conduct an audit of its books. In addition, with the exception of a small petty cash fund, all financial transactions of the district flow through the County Auditor’s office. Again, it begs the question as to how could multiple audits, the County Auditor’s office, and the district’s accounting and billing staff not identify, over a period of years, a million dollars that was reflected in the budget but did not exist!

It is unfortunate that the Grand Jury is not available. Absent a Grand Jury investigation, I would strongly advise that an independent third party be obtained to investigate the above irregularities and identify the staff members and/or procedures in the district’s reports, accounting and bill payment areas responsible for the problems. This effort would be used to ensure that the errors are not repeated in the future and to gather the facts required to, if necessary, terminate or reassign employees who did not know their job or did not do their job. If, in the future, a knowledgeable, professional staff cannot be assembled, then perhaps the district should recruit a chief with a Ph.D. in accounting and hope that he or she knows a little something about the fire service.

Currently the district is working very closely with Mr. Ocenosak to maintain a balanced budget, provide greater visibility and financial details to the current chief and members of the board, reinstate funds borrowed from other accounts that were used to balance the current budget and rebuild a viable contingency fund. That is not to say that the district is not facing future problems. Although the union has made concessions in terms of its members’ retirement and medical benefits, its current contract expires on the Dec. 31 and contains provisions for a potential 3 percent cost-of-living raise. There will be future savings as a function of Chief Lacher and two other chief officers retiring, however the three remaining battalion chiefs have been promoted to division chiefs with a 10 percent pay raise and have a contract that also expires at the end of this December. (It is important to note that the reduction in the number of chief officers and the 10 percent pay raise for the remaining chiefs was the union’s idea to save funds and avoid future union concessions and/or provide future rank and file pay raises.) In addition, the promoted chiefs informed the board during a recent board meeting that they, in the future, will also be represented by a union. We can only hope, for the district and the taxpayers’ sake, that the next contract negotiations will be conducted by union representatives who have matured and have learned to put “service before self” and “mission before money.”

The complaints by union members and others that Chief Lacher and the other chiefs should return the contractual raises they received in the last few years is interesting. I am not aware that the individuals complaining or any other employees have offered to return the 5 percent raises they were given in January of 2010 that was funded by the invisible contingency fund. I also wonder how far a sergeant or lieutenant in the military would get complaining about their pay as compared to that of the colonel or general?

Theodore Roosevelt once gave a speech that, in part, said, “It is not the critic who counts, but the one who is actually in the arena.” The chief and/or the commander who is actually “in the arena” often times has to walk that fine line between mission and morale. I have known a number of outstanding commanders during my military career that could pull it off. I would rank Chief Lacher as among the best of that group. It is unfortunate that the union leadership who pushed the letter of no-confidence and continue to take mean-spirited shots at Chief Lacher have such short memories. Chief Lacher consistently cared about the rank and file whether it was supporting pay raises to gain parity with other districts, making the current two-day-on-four-day-off work schedule function or obtaining  grants to outfit the troops with the latest and best safety equipment. There are many outstanding people who work for the district that are dedicated to their time-honored profession. These are the people who know the difference between a brotherhood of firefighters and a “union” brotherhood. I would hope that those of you among this number who will put on chief’s rank someday and others who think for themselves are mature enough to stop the pot shots and acknowledge Chief Lacher’s distinguished career with a heartfelt thanks for a job well done and a wish for a long and healthy retirement.

Tom Mahach is a retired Air Force colonel and previously served 12 years on the board for the El Dorado County Fire Protection District.

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Discussion | 19 comments

  • Ernie LouisApril 16, 2013 - 4:06 pm

    04/16/2013 Response to "Another view of fire district". It’s ugly to expose the underbelly of icons who achieve leadership. When anyone points the finger at another, there are 3 fingers pointed back at the accuser. Firemen have achieved a public image which sounds like is in jeopardy. Undercurrents and small battles add up to an ultimate public view. Good, Bad, or indifferent, Ceazar Chavez has a public image in labor and the general public. Whatever you think about farm workers, your personnel experience, or just the impact of buying groceries. Like the Cornel, I was a in labor trenches with my own “Forrest Gump type ” experience. Fact is, in my dealings as a labor representative to another labor representative, if I wanted to do something to benefit union workers, I would depend on a lady named Mary in the farm workers union. While Ceazar took whatever credit was available, it was Mary who served the Farm Workers. In order to rebuild honor in the “Brotherhood of Firemen” who serve the tax payers, we might find the real problems to reaffirm that proud tradition. Out of the explanation letter of Colonel Mahach, I noticed 4 items that should be addressed by all. 1. Bookkeeping is atrocious. I won’t go into it, but the County Auditor should have called the error allowing false funding to exist. Keep the Firemen, Get a Real Auditor. 2. The “loan labor” system to cover what old labor guys call featherbedding. Stick to the right crew to do the job. 3. The Grand Jury is assembled every year. Home remedies are the easiest to apply. 4. Regain community support and work toward the motto “SERVICE BEFORE SELF AND MISSION BEFORE MONEY. You can make a good living doing good things. Can’t we all get along? Ernie Louis

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  • SandyApril 17, 2013 - 6:48 am

    Mr. Mahach, You've got to be kidding!! The last article being lies?? Oh my gosh. You've sat on the board for over 10 years and its my understanding that you said, " if I'm re elected, I'm going to look into the budget crises." Well sir. Where have you been all these years? Maybe you've been asleep. The union has made more concessions then anyone in management. In fact they took huge cuts while your pals were getting raises!! It just amazes me that you and others on the board are just NOW speaking up!! Perhaps because Mr. Lacher and friends are being called to explain their past behavior when it was YOUR job to keep them in check. The board is their boss. Great job!!

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  • yeah buddyApril 17, 2013 - 7:28 am

    Hey Tom, seems like you forgot to mention all the raises you been giving to the chief....you are an idiot, 12 years of idiot work and how proud you are you dirt bag

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  • 1036-FrankApril 17, 2013 - 8:08 am

    Around and around we go, the poor Chief, he didn't know, the board sat in their chairs and only one cared and around and around we go. The auditor missed it, the Grand Jury is gone, the DA is busy, it is too confusing as to who did the wrong. As long as they have their six figure pension in hand with a great boost from sudden Chief's Disease, can you understand. The money is gone, where did it go? the money wasn't yours you hear them say, it is only tax dollars and the Chief that have gone away.

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  • orlApril 17, 2013 - 8:58 am

    ARE YOU KIDDING??!! Lacher is a phony. So many firefighters (you know, men and woman that risk their LIVES to protect YOU) trusted him, and he was deceitful, manipulative and emotionally abusive. How and WHY would you defend this child (not even considered a man at this point). Stealing money is one thing- the abuse and stressed he caused on many of these Heroes is another. He is scum and knows exactly what he's done to these heroes and their families. Well done lacher..

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  • WilsonApril 17, 2013 - 9:05 am

    Tom, you are twisting the facts and you know it! It appears that you're trying to cover your backside...since you were the board. If you would like to continue with the truth And save face, that would show integrity. Over all, the board is to blame as well as the CFO (Chief Lacher) for the finances. You were on the board Tom!! I'm curious what the other comments will be...I'm going to sit and wait before I respond point by point to your lies...

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  • Placerville ResidentApril 17, 2013 - 9:22 am

    I applaud Mr. Mahach for this his article. There are always 2 sides to the story. From some of the remarks it is clear that the disgruntled employees are at it again. I have done some digging on own and found that over the past years, approximately 36% in raises were given to the Union personnel. Also when you talk about the 9% PERS contribution, one needs to be reminded that the total contribution to PERS is 41 plus percent, with the safety personnel paying the employee portion of 9 percent and the fire district paying the remaining 32 plus percent. That is a big chunk of change that gets paid into PERS every two weeks for each employees regular straight pay. I have looked at the budgets and the pay scales. Salaries have doubled over the past few years. Yep, you heard me, DOUBLED!!!!! If one figures in benefits, sick, holiday, vacation pay, the district pays well over 50 to 60 percent over and above the regular pay for safety personnel. One more thing, I am so tired of the use of the HEROES being used over and over again by some of these people. Yes, firefighters are heroes and they have a difficult job to do, but why do you use that word when you are insulting others?

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  • orlApril 17, 2013 - 9:35 am

    Dear "placerville resident" - hi bruce.

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  • Richard RApril 17, 2013 - 10:13 am

    "The distortions, half-truths, innuendos and all-out lies" etc... Your words Tom M. I can help make the public know it was not the people Dawn interviewed that told half truths etc... It was YOU, ED, MARK, LACHER and EDWARDS!! Oh we must not forget the AC, BC'S and the current chief. If she didn't interview all of you,which she hasn't YET... she will!! Then we will see who is telling half truths! Hell if I care if you lie. You really don't want to lie to a reporter. They seem to get to the bottom of things, then who looks like a fool. I have one question for all of you. Did you know ANYTHING about the misconduct being led by Lacher and the rest of them, including atty at LAW Bill Wright? Can you say no? Can you say yes? Or will you say nothing at all? To me, your silence pierces my ears. I agree with the below comments. OH ONE MORE THING. WASN'T YOU, TOM, THAT SAID I DON'T KNOW WHY FF GET SUCH PRAISE AFTER 9/11?? Hard to believe but I do think that was YOU!! Correct me if I'm wrong.... Hahaha. Good luck!

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  • Another OpinionApril 17, 2013 - 11:07 am

    Found this letter online, thought it worth posting here as it was not in the paper today. The truth here is the FF Union destroyed Bruce Lacher, just like the FF Union did in El Dorado Hills when they got rid of Brian Veerkamp. The truth is coming out and the citizens need to listen and remember that it is our tax dollars paying these salaries and benefits. It is going to take years for public agencies to return to normal. I for one will not pay any additional taxes to feed the bank accounts and retirements for these selfish indignant young people. They should count their blessings that they even have a job. They want it all and more. Too bad too sad folks, the piggy bank is empty and you helped empty it big time. Pot calling kettle black? By Letters to the Editor Leave Comment EDITOR: On April 5, 2013, the Mountain Democrat published on its front page a negative article about Fire Chief Bruce Lacher. A second article followed a few days later. The allegations against Chief Lacher stemmed from disgruntled Firefighters Union leaders and from other disgruntled persons. Is the pot calling the kettle black? While every individual firefighter renders a valuable service to the community, this is not always true of the Firefighters Union. For 12 years I was a board member of the EDC Fire Protection District. I often sat on the Board Committee that carried out negotiations with the union on salaries, benefits and conditions of employment. I have first-hand knowledge regarding the union, its interests and its methods. Some examples follow below. 1. A number of years ago, a pro-union Fire Board gave up to the Firefighters Union the right to restrict vacations for firefighters during the fire season. Many firefighters were taking vacations for four to eight weeks or longer during July, August and September, the height of the fire season. This jeopardized the safety of the public and the safety of the firefighters who remained on duty. Years later, working with other board members, we had to fight the union to get this hazardous policy rescinded. 2. A number of years ago, a pro-union Fire Board gave up to the Firefighters Union the right to rotate firefighters among the various stations the district has. One station has many calls per 24 hours. Other stations may have very few calls per 24 hours. Those working in busy stations are able to keep their skills up, while for those in stations which are not busy have a harder time in keeping their skills up. It is ridiculous that a fire chief cannot rotate his firemen among different stations. It is a disservice to the people the district serves. Years later, working with other board members, we had to fight the union to get this detrimental policy rescinded. 3. A few years ago, a pro-union Fire Board approved a 48-96 hour work week for the union. This meant that the firefighters would work a continuous 48-hour shift and then have 96 hours (four days) off. Previously, the firefighters worked 24 hours and then had time off. Studies show that when you work with less than five and a half hours of sleep, your accident and error rates go up. Working 48 hours straight in a busy station can result in sleep deprivation and increased accidents and errors. Sleep deprivation also leads to sleep apnea and an increased risk of heart problems. In my opinion this policy is not in the best interest of the district or the firefighters. But the union fought vigorously to get this policy adopted because it wanted to have four continuous days off each in each six day work cycle. 4. The union fought hard for and got a 3 percent at 50 retirement formula from a pro-union Fire Board. This means that a firefighter starting at age 20 and retiring at age 50 will receive 90 percent of his last salary for the rest of his life. For example, a firefighter at the fourth step II may earn about $78,700 per year. If he started working at age 20 and retired at age 50, he would receive 90 percent of his pay or about $70,000 per year for the rest of his life. He would also receive full health benefits. This has driven up the cost to the district’s providing benefits for the firefighters. It also has contributed to the fiscal problems of the district. The union not infrequently pushes for policies that benefit the firefighters but which are a detriment to the district and the people it serves. The union also recruits and campaigns for candidates for the position of member of the Board of Directors in order to get pro-union policies and benefits adopted. In making accusations against the fire chief, is the pot calling the kettle black? CURTIS E. WEIDMER, MD, MPH Former Director of El Dorado County Health Services and County Health Officer (1974 – 1994) Former Member of Board of Directors, El Dorado County Fire Protection District (1998 – 2010)

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  • Kyle SmithApril 17, 2013 - 12:49 pm

    Just like in the military the buck (responsibility) at the top. Take the responsibility for god's sake. Lacher was the top administrator and Mahach was one of two budget liaisons on the Board? Johnson the former asst chief beint the other - where's his budget prowess. It is so pathetic when those who are responsible for this mess attempt to place the blame elsewhere. If there is blame to place on someone else THEN PRODUCE THE PROOF. They obviously can't or that PROOF would have been vetted a long time ago. Only an ostrich hybernating for four years could not have known that the districts primary source of income - property taxes-were declining the entire time. Incompetence all rests at the top and look what the result is! Good Grief.

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  • Mr. OApril 17, 2013 - 7:18 pm

    It still puzzles me how former board members are crying foul. Mr. Mahach, as a military man you should know the importance of honor and integrity. Stand up, be a man and accept that you didn't do your job looking out after your taxpayer's money. You mentioned "Loan labor" The Fire Chief failed to track it. Blame everyone else but did other Districts with Medic Units have this issue? No. You mention huge pay raises for the Union members. Did you mention they were some of the lowest paid in the County? No. Raises are contingent on revenues.YOU and the Chief approved them based on YOUR budget assessment. The issues facing Chief Lacher was control, inexperience and pride. Funny how firefighters are required and encouraged to continue thier education while the Fire Chief did nothing during his tenure to educate himself on finance. All along while A highly over paid Assistant Operations Chief worked barely 3 days a week while racking overtime for training his dog. All along YOU and the rest of the board knodded and smiled. Why don't you three monkey's, Mr. Mahach, Mr. Weidmer and Lacher stand up and say "We failed to do our job"? We can respect that, not this coward finger pointing.

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  • orlApril 17, 2013 - 8:05 pm

    WELL SAID MR. O!!!!!!!!

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  • Gene BellApril 17, 2013 - 8:56 pm

    I am appalled at the lack of professionalism displayed by our District's firefighters union through the comments on these pages. If the writers are not the spokespersons for the union or rank and file of the district, then the union should openly disavow their comments. The two Board members are classy gentlemen who have given years to the District in public service. As a Board Member you make decisions based upon the data presented to you. Bruce Lacher worked hard to lead a critical service to our community, without all the loyalty and cooperation he deserved at times. I trust the District will correct its financial and accountability problems; and the employees will become the asset to the community they claim to be--by doing their job professionally, showing respect to management, the board, and the community.

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  • WilsonApril 18, 2013 - 12:05 am

    Gene Bell...there's a name from the past. The former negotiator for the district against the labor. Your statement makes sense now mr. Bell. Please answer this one question: who was responsible for the finances of the district? Great, now please keep your directives to yourself since your answer will only incriminate the "management" you're trying to defend. It amazes me how so called tax payers and "placerville residents" are not outraged at the lack of financial responsibility taking place. It's the county's fault, it's Joe Harns fault, it's the JPAs fault, it's the Unions fault...last time I checked, none of those parties wrote (or didn't write) checks to themselves from the districts coffers. To blame everyone except the people in charge is a pure sign of character weakness and lack of leadership. Even Clinton came clean after he was caught...and Monica was no prize to brag about...look in the mirror and the answers to your questions will be answered Tom!!

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  • Mr.OApril 18, 2013 - 12:29 am

    Gene Bell, "Asset to the community they claim to be" The nerve of you! The Firefighters have balanced the budget on their backs. Has one single consession been done by management? Nope! Classy you say? Is it classy to point fingers and make false statements based on inaccurate facts? Or is class serving on the board during those years not asking questions as to why the decline in revenue, all the while the Chief spent away? Do you think his salery and benefits matched his experience and qualifications? I think those firefighters actually had his back for years until he was finally exposed. Then like a dust cloud vanished as not to answer up for his mistakes. Maybe respect goes both ways. But as cuts are being done I can see the resentment as the chiefs took raises at the same time..Respect? Correct me if I'm wrong Gene, Don't you represent management during negotiations and have represented this very group in question? Go figure. Yes, this will all eventually fade away. The Firefighters will always answer the call regardless, today, tomorrow and everyday after.

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  • Gene BellApril 18, 2013 - 1:11 pm

    The two comments following mine continue the attacks on those in charge of the District at the time in question. I am not hiding my name nor my former affiliation with the District. Yes, I represented it in labor negotiations several years ago. Because of my confidential relationship with any governing body, I cannot speak to items discussed within a closed session. I know that the two Board members attacked personally by you and your cohorts are great people and do not deserve those crass comments. I was hoping to instill some civility in the way your union responds in the future.

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  • WilsonApril 18, 2013 - 2:46 pm

    Civility Gene? Like the civility those two "great people" showed in their letters? I can not speak for the comments of all, however I know that my comments have always been directed towards the lack of ownership those "great people" showed when it came to the finances. It was their job! I never spoke of their personal lives not will I...it doesn't concern me. On the other hand, they did write derogatory statements to the firefighters as a whole...civility? Simple fact: the board is in charge. They are responsible. You must be an educated man so you can't argue the facts. If the budget is done wrong, inaccurate or obscure, then the ones in charge of the budget take responsibility for the mistakes. Right?

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  • RobApril 18, 2013 - 9:44 pm

    How could Lacher balance a budget when he was coaching baseball at El Dorado HS with his son. At the field by 2:30 or leaving for away games even earlier. Our tax dollars were at real hard work with this exceptional leader.

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