Council Approves Redding Police Chief’s Promotion and Pay Raise; Center of Hope is Defended

Roger Moore, Redding’s new police chief, got the support of all five City Council members on Tuesday night. When it came to a vote, however, the Enterprise High graduate only received four yes votes.

Councilman Adam McElvain cast the lone no vote, explaining that even though he considered Moore “truly a hometown hero,” he could not support City Manager Barry Tippin’s appointment since it came with a 5-percent pay raise.

Moore, who worked his way up from a police cadet to the rank of captain, will be paid $173,832 a year. His predecessor, Robert Paoletti, was paid about $165,500 a year. Tippin said the pay hike was necessary to ensure the chief earned more than his closest subordinates. Historically the city has tried to maintain a 10-percent gap; Moore will earn 7.5-percent more than his captains.

Seeking to dispel some exaggerations and wild claims swirling around on social media, Tippin said Moore’s salary is about $8,000 below the median salary for police chiefs in comparable cities and lower than salaries paid in Woodland and Lodi. Moore’s salary is higher than what Chico pays ($160,000), but not $100,000 higher as some have claimed on Facebook. And Redding does not pay its police chief more than the city of San Francisco. Tippin said San Francisco’s chief makes $309,000 a year.

Noting that Redding’s police chief vacancy attracted 19 applicants, McElvain said he was comfortable with a maximum salary of $13,796 a month or $165,552 a year. Any extra money, McElvain said, should be spent adding officers.

McElvain’s colleagues did not share his reservations. Councilwoman Francie Sullivan expressed her “deep gratitude that he applied for this job and was willing to take it.” Considering the challenges Moore will face, Councilwoman Julie Winter said she was grateful he was willing to step up and take command.

Everybody on the council understands the city’s budget crunch, Winter said, but expecting Moore to move up from a union job to an at-will position without taking a pay increase “was foolish.”

Bob Reitenbach, a frequent council critic, was not happy with the pay hike. “All it does is boost the retirement” for police officers and other city employees, he said.

James Crockett, a Shasta College instructor who served on community panel that interviewed the five finalists, said he and his fellow panelists were struck by Moore’s empathy, technical qualifications and emotional intelligence. “And he’s passionate. He loves this city and he wants it to thrive.”

Moore began his career with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Department and spent four years as a police officer in Watsonville before joining the Redding Police Department in 1995. Moore has a bachelor’s degree from Simpson University and a master’s in public administration from National University.

Mayor Brent Weaver expresses support for new Police Chief Roger Moore. Photos by Jon Lewis.

“I think he’s going to be fantastic,” Mayor Brent Weaver said.

In other action Tuesday, the council:

Center of Hope

–During the public comment portion of the meeting, Hill Country Community Clinic CFO Nick Cutler used his allotted three minutes to address some concerns raised over the recently proposed housing and clinic complex for homeless young adults.

Nick Cutler, CFO of Hill Country Community Clinic, addresses concerns about the proposed Center of Hope.

The Center of Hope, proposed for a vacant six-acre lot behind Grocery Outlet on Churn Creek Road, would provide housing for 18 young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 as well as comprehensive “wrap-around” services including medical, dental, mental health, job training and addiction therapy for youth and young adults in the homeless community. Construction of the 43,000-square-foot project would begin in 2018 with a grand opening in 2020.

Concerns over the project quickly surfaced, with some community members worried it will attract sex offenders, addicts and homeless people to the neighborhood and nearby schools.

Cutler said the center will partner with Shasta College and the California Heritage Youthbuild Academy, a charter school for 16- to 24-year-olds seeking a high school diploma and job skills. Center of Hope will house students “already committed to working hard and improving their lives.”

The center will be under 24-hour supervision and security officers will be present from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during clinic hours, Cutler said. The Center of Hope will not be a homeless day center, nor does its zoning allow for services like showers and meals.

Tippin noted that the project will come under review by the planning department as well as the Planning Commission and the City Council, all of which will allow for plenty of public comment.

Jon Lewis
Jon Lewis is a freelance writer living in Redding. He has more than 30 years experience writing for newspapers and magazines. Contact him at jonpaullewis@gmail.com.
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7 Responses

  1. Tim says:

    Thanks Jon.

    “Everybody on the council understands the city’s budget crunch,” — said someone who clearly doesn’t…

    Prescott, AZ: 45,000 population, $129,000 Police Chief salary
    Springfield, OR: 60,000 population, $141,000 salary
    Flagstaff, AZ: 71,000 population, $120,000 salary
    Medford, OR: 78,000 population, $152,000 salary
    Redding, CA: 92,000 population, $174,000 salary
    Sparks, NV: 98,000 population, $167,000 salary
    Vancouver, WA: 150,000 population, $150,000 salary
    Spokane, WA: 216,000 population, $177,000 salary

    Aside from the new salary being ~10% over reasonable comps, the benefit package is likely to be overly generous (Paoletti’s $164,000 salary cost the city $284,000/year after benefits). And the runaway costs of lower union positions is what fuels this comparative “X position must make more…” mentality. RPD officers Bounpon Kongkeoviman and Dean Adams each made ~$88,000 in salary and ~$195,000 after overtime & benefits…

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      Tim — Looks like 100% of your “reasonable comps” are from outside of California. Maybe repost with salaries adjusted for local costs of living, using in-state comps, so that the comps are more meaningful.

      • Tim says:

        That’s because, aside from the already referenced and cheaper Chico, there are no reasonable in-state comps. Lodi, sandwiched between Sacramento and Stockton, not only has a higher cost of living, but is in the midst of a gang war between the nortenos and surenos. Woodland’s $207,000/year “Public Safety Chief” is the head of both Police and Fire.

        But for the sake of thoroughness:
        Prescott, AZ: 45,000 population, $129,000 Police Chief salary, 117% cost of living
        Woodland, CA: 59,000 population, $207,000 Police/Fire salary, 127% cost of living
        Springfield, OR: 60,000 population, $141,000 salary, 104% cost of living
        Lodi, CA: 65,000 population, $174,000 salary, 120% cost of living
        Flagstaff, AZ: 71,000 population, $120,000 salary, 124% cost of living
        Medford, OR: 78,000 population, $152,000 salary, 108% cost of living
        Chico, CA: 92,000 population, $160,000 salary, 119% cost of living
        Redding, CA: 92,000 population, $174,000 salary, 109% cost of living
        Sparks, NV: 98,000 population, $167,000 salary, 112% cost of living
        Vancouver, WA: 150,000 population, $150,000 salary, 114% cost of living
        Spokane, WA: 216,000 population, $177,000 salary, 94% cost of living

        Adjusted for cost of living:
        Prescott, AZ: 45,000 population, $110,000 police chief salary
        Woodland, CA: 59,000 population, $163,000 Police/Fire salary
        Springfield, OR: 60,000 population, $136,000 salary
        Lodi, CA: 65,000 population, $145,000 salary
        Flagstaff, AZ: 71,000 population, $97,000 salary
        Medford, OR: 78,000 population, $141,000 salary
        Chico, CA: 92,000 population, $134,000 salary
        Redding, CA: 92,000 population, $160,000 salary
        Sparks, NV: 98,000 population, $145,000 salary
        Vancouver, WA: 150,000 population, $132,000 salary
        Spokane, WA: 216,000 population, $188,000 salary

  2. trek says:

    Previously stated by Tippen.
    He is tentatively set to take over as chief Sept. 24. Tippin said Moore’s pay is still being negotiated, but the salary ranges from $8,729 to $13,796 a month.
    The new negotiated salary comes to $14,486.00 a month. Tippen had to know all along what the new chiefs salary would be just by looking at other higher ranking COR police members salary and adding the historical 10% additional money. At least Tippen whittled down the historical 10% to 7.5% so that’s a plus. There seems to be no freezing of wages so really the only option to keep the boat from sinking is raising tax’s.

  3. Billy Bob says:

    There is talk of wage freezing, but only for all of the Union employees that make a normal wage at City of Redding, but thanks

  4. Frank Treadway says:

    It’s all about paying what you get in life. Shop at WalMart and you get a product that falls apart in a week, shop at Macy’s and you get a quality product. Love these naysayers that count their pennies everyday and die a lonely grouch. Redding is the Capitol of Northern CA and always will be, we deserve the finest public safety employees and that comes with a price. Spend one day with an officer or firefighter and you’ll see they earn their just pay.

    • K. Beck says:

      Redding had a “ride along” program…not sure it is still in operation, but if it is sign up. I think your eyes will be bugging out of your head during your ride-along!

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